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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