We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom before: to brew a pot of tea, throw in one teaspoon for each cup and then add one “for the pot.” Others might say to use a level teaspoon for black tea, but use more (say 1.5 teaspoons) for green and white teas, because they’re more delicate than black.
Here’s the problem with that way of thinking: a teaspoon is a measure of “volume.” Tea comes in so many shapes and sizes that measuring it by volume may not be the best approach. Take Chinese gunpowder for example – this is a charred green tea that is tightly rolled into small pellets (that resemble musket shot). Chinese gunpowder is so densely packed that a teaspoon of it is going to weigh significantly more than a teaspoon of a large, full-leaf tea. By using the teaspoon as your yardstick, inconsistent tea brewing is pretty much “baked in the cake.” Continue reading