How To Measure Tea (Without Measuring Spoons)

How to Measure Tea (Without Measuring Spoons) from Sips by

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 tea into your infuser or cup when making loose leaf tea. This can work, but it takes practice and knowing the differences between certain types of tea. 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!

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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.


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


  • You can use bottle caps to measure out your tea. 1 bottle cap filled with tea will 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 teaspoons.
  • A standard size 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 barely fill the bottom with tea and eyeball the size of 1-2 quarters for 1-2 teaspoons.
  • The Pinch Method: When you're in a pinch, you can literally pinch your tea! This method works best with large leaf teas and herbal blends with big pieces of dried fruit and flowers. Use your front three fingers to pinch a bit of tea and add it to your infuser. We recommend 3-5 good sized pinches to equal 1 teaspoon.


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