FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many cups of brewed tea do I get from one ounce of loose tea?
Typically, one ounce of loose tea will make 10-15 cups of tea, depending on how strong you like it.
The volume of an ounce of dry tea leaves can vary quite a bit, though, depending on the density and intensity of the tea. When using a blend that has larger body (like the fluffy open leaves of a delicate white tea or the textural spices of a chunky chai,) we recommend using a slightly larger volume to ensure that you capture the full flavor of your tea.
2. How long can I keep Steeping Leaf tea?
Since our packaging is airtight and foil-lined, Steeping Leaf teas (once opened) can last for months when stored in a medium-temperature place away from sun or moisture. Of course, even though it won't go bad after that, it just won't have the brightness and fullness of flavor of a fresher product. We recommend using tea within 6-8 weeks for ideal quality.
3. How much caffeine is in tea?
Caffeine content in tea varies with tea type. Keep in mind that, once blended with other herbs and botanicals, the caffeine content of a specific tea will reduce somewhat. Here is a general comparative guideline of caffeine content per 8 oz cup:
COFFEE 100 mg
BLACK TEA 60 to 90 mg
OOLONG TEA 50 to 75 mg
GREEN TEA 35 to 70 mg
WHITE TEA 30 to 55 mg
YERBA MATÉ 40 mg
OOLONG TEA 40 to 70 mg
PU-ERH TEA 30-70 mg
4. Why don't you sell regular tea bags?
The differences between loose leaf tea and pre-packaged tea bags are enormous! First, we believe in reducing waste in small ways wherever possible, and we celebrate loose-leaf tea steeping as one way to achieve this! Secondly, tea sold in loose leaf form is of much higher quality than pre-bagged teas for several reasons. Tea leaves and other botanicals that have been machine bagged are often overprocessed and broken to the point that they have lost most of their essential oils, flavors, and aromas. Also, the tea bags themselves may constrain the tea leaves, keeping them from expanding to their full flavor and aroma potential, and may also exude a paper taste that interferes with the nuance of your tea. We recommend utilizing a simple stainless steel steeper, mesh tea ball or another reusable infusion method to best enjoy the Steeping Leaf teas.
5. What are the differences between black, white, green, oolong, and pu-erh teas?
Like grapes and wine, all teas come from the same plant but undergo different processing techniques to create different results. White tea undergoes the least processing of all teas. Picked at a delicate early stage, the leaves are allowed to wither, then dry, preventing any oxidization. Green teas are also unoxidized, retaining their bright color and flavor by heat processing them to halt oxidization before they are dried. Oolong teas undergo an intricate process of withering, rolling, partial oxidization, and firing to create a range of nuanced flavors. Black teas are picked at a young leaf stage, withered, rolled, oxidized, and fired to develop deep flavors and robust, rich tannins. Pu-ehr teas partake of a unique exposure to microflora that ferments the tea during its aging process, leaving the tea leaves with exceptionally smooth, rich flavor profiles.
6. Are your teas medicinal or nutritional in value?
There are hundreds of research reports on the health benefits of teas and the herbs we use in our tea blends. In fact, we aim for every single one of our teas to include some plant-based benefit for your body. However, we are not trained health professionals and are not qualified by the FDA to dispense medicinal advice or make specific health related suggestions, recommend teas/tisanes to drink for particular conditions, or make any substantiated nutritional claims about our teas. Talk to a professional if you have questions about certain herbs or botanicals, and always listen to your body, sweet things!