How much loose leaf tea should I use per cup?

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How much tea should I use per cup? What’s a Perfect Spoon? We hear these questions a lot, and it’s no surprise. With so many opinions on the topic, it can get really confusing. That’s why we’re here to break it down for you.

How to measure the perfect amount of tea

Measuring the right amount of loose leaf tea is super simple. If you check the label on any DAVIDsTEA 50 g bag, 100 g tin or 250 g tin, the steeping instructions are listed right at the bottom.


Looking at the label, you’ll notice that all of our measurements are standardized at 1-2 Perfect Spoons (1-2 PS) per 475 ml (16 oz) cup. Not familiar with our Perfect Spoon? This brilliant little teaspoon is our measuring standard to making a cup of tea. It holds 1.25 tsp of tea and was specially designed to help you measure your loose leaf correctly to ensure a perfect brew.

But what if you want a bigger cup? Or an iced tea? Or a tea latte? Not to worry – we created this simple tea measuring guide to help you steep the right amount of loose leaf, every time.

Of course, there are other factors – like water temperature and steeping time – to take into consideration, but using the right amount of tea per cup is the first step to making a delicious cuppa.

Steep it your way

It’s worth noting that while we follow these guidelines in-store and at home, they aren’t steadfast rules. Some people prefer to use more or less tea, so feel free to experiment with different measurements. After all, the perfect cup is however you like it.

How much tea do you use per cup? How do you measure it out? Share your tips in the comments!


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38 Responses to How much loose leaf tea should I use per cup?

  1. Vanessa April 12, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    So is that using david’s perfect spoon?

    • DAVIDsTEA November 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Hey Vanessa! A perfect spoon measures 2.5 tsp, so it’s the perfect amount of tea for a Nordic Mug (16 oz).

      • John Schutt December 27, 2016 at 9:48 am #

        Man your website is hard to use. It took me 10 minutes to find a “perfect spoon” on your web site and then it still didn’t tell me the size. I had to scroll to the _comments_ to find an answer. Poor design.

        • DAVIDsTEA February 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

          Hi John! Since our steeping instructions are in Perfect Spoon, we haven’t included the measurement for the spoon. That said, it is 2.5 tsp.

  2. Tim Spicer April 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    Your guide would be a great addition to your seasonal Tea Menu or, as a hand-out in your stores/mail orders!

    • DAVIDsTEA April 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Hey Tim! Thanks for your feedback, we’ll definitely share it with our team.

  3. Megan April 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    my question is though, how much does the perfect spoon hold? 1.25 tsp?

    • DAVIDsTEA April 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

      Hey Megan! The Perfect Spoon holds 2.5 tsps which makes it ideal for a 16 oz mug.

  4. ella April 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    I don’t know anybody who would use 20.5 tsp for a pitcher. It wouldn’t be worth buying tea for. I’d buy some prepackaged cheaper stuff. The amount I use for a pitcher would be 2-3 perfect teaspoons. Otherwise, it would just not be feasible to use almost 50g of tea for 4-5 cups of iced tea. I’ve also never used 10tsp for a latte. I use about 2.5tsp. .. the perfect tsp you guys sell. Those amounts seem wonky to me! Also, I wish the perfect tsp carried 1.25g. So I could easily add one depending on the cup. 8oz one spoon, nordic mug two scoops. It’s hard when you use the perfect mug to use the right amount.

    • Chels January 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm #

      I agree! I really wish there was a Perfect Teaspoon that carried 1.25g! I would totally buy it.

      • DAVIDsTEA February 1, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

        Noted! That said, our Perfect Matcha Spoon measures exactly 1 tsp, which is pretty close 😉

        • Stella November 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

          I guess you could use a well rounded or slightly heaping matcha spoon.

  5. Marina June 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    I have the 3-in-1 pitcher you sold last summer, which I believe is nearly 90oz? The 20.5 tsp amt is just perfect for our iced tea pitcher!, since it says to fill water up to the line indicated abt 2/3 up on the pitcher (which I believe is likely around 66oz). My question is what abt the pitcher packs? I want to try them but is the amt in these packs equivalent to 20.5tsp?

  6. Sarah August 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    I second Marina’s question. How much tea is in a pitcher pack? This would be very useful to know as you sell tea by weight but suggest portion sizes in volume. Interestingly neither is noted on the pitcher packs on the website. So I have no idea how much tea is in a pitcher pack or how much water I should theoretically be adding to said tea.


    • DAVIDsTEA August 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

      Hey Sarah! Our pitcher packs were designed for 2L of water.

  7. Tessa October 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    It would be so much easier if you put the measurements in perfect teaspoons as well. I always thought they were in perfect teaspoons and I have been using WAY too much tea in the past year :(. Some staff at my local store get confused as well so they tell me to use 3 ptsps for my carry mug

    • DAVIDsTEA October 16, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

      Hey Tessa, thanks for your feedback! We’ll see if this is something we can start doing on future labels.

  8. Kristen October 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Omg finally SOMETHING remotely clear about measuring the right amounts. Your products and website are so confusing you need more Tea 101 information on your website for those of us who are “new” to this. This is a good start but would love if you started imprinting the ounces on your mugs so I knew what I had and also making the distinction between “teaspoon” and “perfect spoon” clearer. Also, 1.25 clearly isn’t the standard for cold beverages so I would love to understand the different between hot and cold steeping amounts, iced tea vs hot tea even though they both start out hot, etc. Please help me learn so I can enjoy your product!!!

    • DAVIDsTEA October 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

      Hey Kristen, thank you for your comment. We’re definitely going to look into this and try to clarify all the different measurements. As for the mugs – the Perfect Mugs are 12 oz and the Nordic Mugs are 16 oz. One Perfect Spoon is just the right amount for a Nordic Mug. Hope that helps 🙂

  9. Barbara October 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Are there instructions on the site on how to brew, clean the Steeper, etc.? U-Tube?

    • DAVIDsTEA November 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Barbara! To deep clean the Steeper, you can remove the mesh part inside it and then you’ll be able to fill with water and soap to clean it.

  10. Holly November 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    there is definitely a lack of information regarding the “perfect teaspoon”. When you buy it, it doesn’t say the volume of the teaspoon, and it’s not indicated on the spoon either. I have wasted so much time trying to figure it out! which I believe is ridiculous, considering the perfect tea spoon is supposed to make things EASIER. The guy at my local store gave me some BS answer about baking spoons vs. “real” tea spoons.
    anyway, it’s cute and I use it so I did the research. it shouldn’t be this hard to figure out!!

    • DAVIDsTEA December 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      Hey Holly! Thanks so much for your feedback. The reason we don’t list the volume of the Perfect Spoon is because it’s the right amount for a 16oz mug. So as long as you have an idea of what size mug you have, you know to use one Perfect Spoon. That said, we’ll be happy to pass along the feedback to the team 🙂

  11. Connor December 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    So would the 12oz mugs take 2tsp then for hot tea?

    Also, the name Perfect Spoon made me think it was for the Perfect Mug initially. Bit of confusion around that.

    • DAVIDsTEA December 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Connor! We’ll be passing it along to the team.

    • Samantha December 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

      You’re not alone, Connor.. I thought the same thing, it would make perfect sense.
      (Pun not intended there haha.)

  12. Samantha December 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    I’m new to DavidsTea and this is all very confusing. Why not just make “Perfect Spoons” measured perfectly for each cup size? One for 8oz, one for 12oz, and one for 16oz? Those are standard cup sizes. Clearly one size does not fit all like I assumed…

    • DAVIDsTEA December 30, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

      Hey Samantha! We use one Perfect Spoonful of tea for our 16oz to-go beverages in-store. Some people use a Perfect Spoon for smaller cups of tea with a stronger brew.

  13. Stephanie April 17, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    I had a delicious iced tea latte the other day and wanted to try it at home. How much tea do you use in the store for iced tea lattes?

    • DAVIDsTEA April 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      Hey Stephanie! In-store we use four Perfect Spoonfuls of tea for a hot or iced latte.

  14. Perri April 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    I am wondering about the amounts of tea listed in your chart. It seems that using 7.5 tsp. for one 16oz tea pop is a lot of tea. Similarily, some of the other measurements look quite excessive. Is this chart correct? I hate to waste such delicious tea.

    • DAVIDsTEA April 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

      Hey Perri! These instructions are accurate, but since everyone has a different taste you can alter them to add more or less tea depending 🙂

  15. Greg J. January 25, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    While the amount of tea to use is made confusing, it needn’t BE confusing.

    Use 1 heaping (or “rounded”) teaspoon per 8 o.z. of hot water. Steep time varies, but a good starting point is 4 min. for black tea, 2.5 minutes for green tea, and 3.5 minutes for oolong. (It won’t kill you to try some different steep times! You can always put the tea back in for more steeping.)

    You can adjust both the amount of tea and time steeped according to taste. If your tea is too bitter, reduce the steep time a little and increase the amount of tea a little. Typically, people will increase/decrease steep time for stronger/weaker tea before altering quantity of tea.

    If you compare instructions for other premium brands of tea, it will be obvious that 1 perfect spoon of tea for 8 o.z. of hot water is 1.25 teaspoons.

    For iced tea, a good starting point is to double the amount of tea. i.e., 2 perfect spoons = 2.5 teaspoons per 8 oz. hot water. This is because the intensity of the flavor is diminished when the tea is drunk cold. (If you’re making sweet tea, steep the tea in the hot [boiled] water along with the sugar.) A trick is to use less water and after removing the steeped tea leaves, add back ice cubes to get back to the originally intended volume. This cools the tea more quickly for drinking, but personally it’s still not cold enough for me and I still put it in the refrigerator for some hours before drinking.

  16. Adele February 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    if your perfect spoon is 2.5tsp; how big is one half of the scoop and slide?

    • DAVIDsTEA March 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      Hi Adele! Half the Scoop ‘n Slide is one Perfect Spoon.

  17. Erica reid March 23, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    The label on my David’s tea says “1-2 PS per 475 ml 16 oz). What is a PS?????

    • DAVIDsTEA May 1, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Erica! PS means “Perfect Spoonful” which is our measuring spoon for a perfect cup of tea. It measures 2.5 tsp.


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