Size Actually Does Matter

My question to you: what exactly is “one teaspoon”?

You go to the drawer grab a teaspoon, scoop your loose leaf, pop it into the infuser/bag and think no more about it, right?  Well, no.

After rummaging in my kitchen drawers, I gathered all my teaspoons and spooned my Builder’s English Breakfast leaves in and this is what I found.

All teaspoons are not made equal!

Consistency in flavor is an important part of enjoying tea and whilst I advocate for the flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants mentality, this is not one of those moments.

What I would say however, is that if, God forbid, you should find yourself making tea with a confusing size spoon all is not lost, and I shall tell you why.

Thankfully, when it comes to brewing, there are some tricks of the trade that can change (or save) the strength of flavor.

We’ve all been there, dodgy spoon or not, looking at a freshly made cup of tea and thinking sh*t, this is not going to end well for me.

Steeping is your savior. It’s all about the timing.

If your teaspoon is the size of a ladle, your issue will be strength. You can simply do a quick steep (I have black tea on the brain and I normally steep for 3-4 minutes so I would switch it to 1) and then do the taste test with, dare I suggest it, that devil teaspoon.

If you find yourself with a spoon that would serve tea for a large family of mice, then you’re going to need to increase that steep till it’s no longer hot water.

With this conundrum, depending on the type of tea you’re making, I feel like it can be a little more volatile as there’s more chance for oversteepage, particularly with green and white teas. There’s nothing worse than that bitter taste which doesn’t disappear no matter how much water you dowse your leaves in.

So, if you find yourself in hot water (yes, I got one in 😂!!), with a questionable size teaspoon, look to the next step and tackle the variable that is steeping.


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