Why Should I Start Drinking Loose Leaf Tea and How Can I Brew The Perfect Cup?

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

In the UK, a suggested 55 billion tea bags are used a year contributing to 370,000 tonnes of waste, predominantly ending up in landfill. With people thinking more carefully about their environmental impact, it brings into question the use of the traditional tea bag!

earl grey loose leaf tea blend
loose earl grey tea

Loose leaf tea allows for less waste through packaging but even further due to the leaves being able to be infused several times to make multiple cups of tea, it can be cost effective for super high quality cuppa! This is possible as once the tea has reached the correct level of strength for you, the trick is to remove the leaves, strain and then they can be rebrewed later. So when the taste of tea, quality of the tea being consumed and health properties is so much better from loose leaf – what are people so afraid of?

How do I make the perfect loose leaf brew?

So to help people get started with loose leaf tea drinking, we have put together some of our top tips. 

  1. Choose your favourite WILDBOS tea.

  2. Boil the kettle.

  3. If you are using a tea pot you will want to use a tea strainer or infuser insert. Alternatively, you can use a seperate infuser - such as a spherical mesh infuser that sits inside a cup.

  4. Add the required amount of tea per cup into the infuser and then your boiling water. We typically recommend one heaped teaspoon per cup for our WILDBOS blends.

  5. Remove the strainer or infuser once the tea is at your desired strength. Herbal teas, rooibos and honeybush blends made by WILDBOS can be brewed for as long as you like - but we recommend at least 3 minutes. 

  6. Add your favourite milk if you prefer and/or honey/lemon to taste. We suggest not to add milk for herbals but feel free to have it however you like, it is your tea after all!

If you fancy it iced?

  1. Choose your favourite WILDBOS tea.

  2. Boil the kettle.

  3. Brew a strong but small shot of tea using an infuser.

  4. Pour over ice.

  5. Add your favourite milk if desired and/or honey/lemon to taste. 

What should I do with leftover loose leaves?

After being used to make delicious teas, brewed tea leaves have traditionally been put to alternative uses by many cultures. Our suggestion is to collect up all the tea leaves used throughout the week and then simply sprinkle them onto flower pots in the garden or directly onto compost. These nutrient rich loose leaves will help to support the plant growth as they decompose in the soil.   

So there you have it … what are you waiting for!

Choose your favourite WILDBOS loose leaf tea blend and switch on the kettle.


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