Q: How many cups can I brew with an ounce of tea?
A: .The amount you use depends completely on your personal taste. A general rule of thumb is to use one heaping teaspoon per eight-ounce cup, unless you're brewing white, Oolong, or herbal teas...in which case, you should brew about a tablespoon. Our standard 4-ounce tin of Three Thousand Leaves® black tea will yield about 50 cups.
If you like a stronger cup, use more tea. Never, never let your tea steep longer than the recommended brewing time, as this will only result in a bitter cup.
Q: What's the recommended steeping time for tea?
A: Brewing times depend completely on the type of tea. A general rule is that the lighter the tea, the less time you need for brewing. White tea should be steeped for 1-3 minutes; green tea, 3 minutes; black teas and oolongs, a minimum of 3 minutes, but no more than 5. With herbals, some will steep for as long as 7 minutes. You also must consider water temperature when brewing your tea. Boiling water can scorch your leaves, so try to keep your water around 175 degrees for white teas, 180-185 degrees for green, and between 185 and 200 degrees for your black teas and herbals.
Again, if you like a stronger cup, use more tea. Never, never let your tea steep longer than the recommended brewing time, as this will only result in a bitter cup.