Are you sure that you always use the correct amount of tea leaves? Doesn’t your tea sometimes get too strong or too weak? Today, I will give you some tips in solving this dilemma.
Tip No. 1Use the same tea spoon always. It develops your visual estimate of the amount of tea leaves on the spoon. This is a regular size teaspoon. The American quarter coin just acts as an additional basis.
Tip No. 2
Try to scoop 2 grams of tea leaves. It is the basic amount for one serving for the most of Japanese green tea. This is how 2g of gyokuro looks like. It is slightly more than the level teaspoon. This will work the same with sencha and kabusecha.
The scale isn't really needed every time. Just as long as you manage to scoop the approximate amount of tea leaves with your teaspoon, the size of the teapot nor the number of servings won't really matter anymore. The most important key here to serve a great cup of tea is to practice measuring 2 grams of tea into your regular teaspoon.
Given the fact that some types of tea require more or less than the usual amount (2 grams), acquisition of the basic knowledge will help you figure out. Here is how 1g (Left) and 3g (Right) of tea look like. The middle one is 2g. One gram will be slightly less than the level teaspoon. And three grams will be a heap of scoop.
Tip No. 3One more thing that I want you to know is that it can differ by the size of tea leaves. What I have shown above is for the common sized tea leaves, such as sencha, gyokuro and kabusecha. When it comes to the tea with smaller pieces like deep-steamed sencha and konacha, it will look less. On the other hand, the lager tea leaves have more volume, which are bancha and hojicha. Here is one example. These three types of tea leaves are all measured 2g. (From Left to Right: deep-steamed sencha, gyokuro, bancha) You need to consider the size of leaves when measuring.