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How to brew loose leaf tea

Brewing tea is simple. Whether you’re brewing with a gaiwan, a teapot, or an infuser, the goal is to extract compounds out of the leaf into water. The motion is to pour water onto your leaves, infuse, and decant. The best way to enjoy high quality tea is to brew gongfu style, which involves using a higher ratio of leaf to water and infusing for short lengths of time. Here are my recommendations for the basic parameters that you balance when brewing gongfu style. Ultimately, you should brew to your taste so use these recommendations as a starting point. Leaf to water ratio 1 gram of tea for every ~20-25 mL of water in the vessel. The more leaf you use,...

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