We’ve all found ourselves in this conundrum - how do we make our tea if we don’t have a set of measuring spoons laying around or just can’t ever find them when we need them? Forget about ‘em! Instead, there’s tons of alternative ways to measure loose-leaf tea using simple items around your kitchen.
In this situation, you might be tempted to eyeball and freely pour a teaspoon or a tablespoon into the infuser (shop infusers here) when making your loose-leaf tea. It could work sometimes, but it’s risky. Your highly-anticipated, and most likely expensive, cup of tea could turn out bitter or too weak. Or, it's possible that you’ve simply stayed away from trying loose-leaf tea because it seems like too much of a hassle. We understand, but trust us - once you get the hang of it the delicious taste is worth a few extra steeping steps, and we’re here to make the process even easier!
Sips by is a personalized tea discovery subscription. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Subscribers receive 4 teas chosen just for them in every box. Learn more here.
HOW TO MEASURE TEA
First, take a look at the instructions on your tea package to get an idea of what to measure. If your loose tea is small, broken leaves it will probably call for less tea - as little as 1 teaspoon - per 8 oz cup. But if your tea is large, unbroken leaves or has pieces of fruit or dried flowers you might need to add 1 or 2 teaspoons (tsp) to 1 tablespoon (tbsp) to make your perfect cup. For reference, a teaspoon is about the size of the tip of your finger or a quarter in your hand and a tablespoon is approximately half the size of a ping pong ball.
MEASURING SPOON EQUIVALENTS
Need an alternative way to measure out your tea? Look to your cutlery drawer! If you need...
- 1 teaspoon ~ fill a small spoon approximately halfway with tea
- 1.5 teaspoons ~ fill a small spoon with tea (keep level)
- 2 teaspoons ~ lightly heap an entire small spoon with tea
- 2.5 teaspoons ~ fill a large spoon approximately halfway with tea
- 1 tablespoon (3 tsp = 1 tbsp) ~ completely fill a large spoon with tea
IN A PINCH
- You can also use bottle caps to measure your tea (most equal around 1 teaspoon)
- A standard shot glass equals three tablespoons, which means you can fill ⅓ of the glass with tea for 1 tbsp, or further divide the measurements for approximate teaspoons.
- A standard 3.25 oz ice cream scoop equals 6.5 tablespoons, which you can use to contain and measure out your tea. Remember, approximate half of a ping pong ball for 1 tbsp or eyeball the size of 1-3 quarters for 1-3 tsps.
Whether you’re a tea head or a tea novice, the Sips by Tea Shop sells all types of tea from the best tea brands. We’ll teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea, whether you’re using loose leaf tea or bagged tea, whether you want the benefits of black tea or the benefits of green tea, or whether you prefer hot tea or iced tea. Need an extra energy boost? We’ve got caffeinated teas like black tea and green tea. Want to savor a comforting mug at night? We have herbal and caffeine free teas. Discover the world of tea with white tea, oolong tea, pu’erh tea, rooibos, cacao tea, and more.
Interested in trying these teas and others? Subscribers receive 4 teas chosen just for them in every box. Learn more here.
About Sips by: We’re a female-founded and led startup that makes discovering tea fun, personalized, and affordable. The Sips by Box is the only multi-brand, personalized tea subscription box. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Based out of Austin, Texas, we are adept at savoring a hot mug even when it’s seasonally inappropriate.