How To Brew a Single Cup of Tea

Teaware can be a most precious possession; a teapot handed down from grandmother or a handmade cup and strainer found on holiday. The right teaware can fill the heart with memories and make the whole experience that much more delightful.

But one should not need special teaware to enjoy a cup of whole leaf tea—a simple cheesecloth will do the trick. At Lauku Tea, we want the moments you take for yourself to be effortless, which is why every order comes with a How To Brew card and a square of food grade cheesecloth. 


To use, fill a teacup or glass with your desired temperature of water—hot or cold—then lay the cheesecloth on top. Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of tea (don't be shy now!) then press down the tea leaves so they are soaked in the water.

Allow your tea to steep — 3 to 5 minutes for hot tea, 8 to 10 minutes for cold tea — then pull the four corners of the cheesecloth together and twist, squeezing out every drop of goodness. Be sure to save your twisted tea leaves, as Lauku Teas are good for two or three steeps. To clean, simply turn out the cheesecloth over your garbage or compost, rinse the cloth under the faucet, then leave to dry. The cheesecloth square can be reused again and again.

There you have it, a delightfully simple cup of tea, no special equipment required.

Hugs and bućas!

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