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How to drink loose leaf tea without an infuser

If you want to get the best taste out of your tea there is really only one option; to brew loose leaf tea. After all tea was never meant to be in a tea bag - it was only used as a way of transporting it out of China anyway but that's another story altogether.

Loose tea loves space so it can fully infuse with the water. So you want to brew it with this in mind. The easiest way to brew loose tea is using an infuser. Think of this as a sieve for tea leaves. Once infused you can remove it and then reuse the leaves again for a second or third infusion.

But not everyone has an infuser and they are not that easy to come by on the high street either. So what other ways are there to brew your tea leaves?

How about the traditional Chinese blowing technique...

Simply place your loose tea directly in your cup with water allowing them to float and infuse freely. Then when you come to drink it, just blow. By blowing you will force some of the leaves to the bottom of your cup and the ingredients that float will move away from your mouth so you won't end up eating them.

We’re not kidding either, this way was pioneered in ancient China as a form of meditation to help bring awareness to breathing and to slow down the process of drinking tea.

Give it a try, we’d love to know how you get on.

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