Loose-leaf tea is usually sold per weight. Because the tea culture in the UK and other nations utilizing the metric system is stronger than in the US, it is also typical to see metric quantities in grams. To add to the confusion, most people use a teaspoon to measure tea, which is a volume measure, not weight.
These weights and measures may be daunting to first-time buyers of loose-leaf or bulk tea, particularly those switching from tea bags to loose-leaf. Here is a tutorial to help you understand the weights and how to navigate them. With better quality and value, loose-leaf tea may be accessed easily and affordably.
How much for a single cup? How much tea is in a standard teabag?
The quantity of products in each bag varies greatly across brands. The average tea bag contains 1.4-1.8 grams of dried tea. The average cost of a sachet of tea is about $2.50, while the average cost of a pyramid sachet is around $2.50. In 2015, PG Tips, a popular British brand sold in the US, was criticized for decreasing the contents of its pyramid bags from 3.1 to 2.9 grams.
But the cup size matters. In contrast, an English teacup is usually 6-8 ounces, while an American mug is closer to 12 ounces. If your cup is bigger, use more leaves. Pour a pot, multiply the quantity by the number of cups you want to brew, and fill the water to the appropriate level.
I use a 12-ounce mug, and I prefer to use 1.5 grams for a lesser cup, 2.5 grams for a stronger cup, but I don’t fill my mug fully.
Converting grams to Ounces and Pounds.
An ounce is 28.35 grams. Tea is offered in 1-, 2-, 4-, and 8-ounce increments, or by the pound. It’s approximately equivalent to a big sample that allows you to boil and serve the tea 11-18 times.
2 ounces (57 grams) is one-eighth of a pound. Some retailers, like Teavana, will only sell this much. This usually makes 22-36 cups.
Pound 0.25 = 113 Gram
4 ounces equals 113 grams. The 3 by 3-inch tin is the most common size offered by major businesses. This is the size I purchase when I know I’ll enjoy a tea but won’t drink it every day.
8 ounces equals 227 grams. This corresponds to the bigger tins seen in shops, 4 by 4 inches. This is an excellent option for favorites.
A pound (16 oz) equals 454 grams. This will brew about 200 cups. I only suggest purchasing such a big amount if you intend to drink a specific tea every day, or if you have a large family, company, or organization.
Companies selling in metric units usually sell in quantities of 500, 250, or 125 grams, or little more than a pound, half a pound, and quarter pound.
Ready? Ready to experiment?
I hope this post will help you both choose appropriate-sized tea bags at the shop and know how much to spoon out to make yourself a cup of tea (or a pot). But only you know what you prefer. Try your best, then modify it to your liking!