How do I use a tea ball or infuser?

Put one teaspoon of dry tea leaves, per standard cup (250ml), into the infuser.

Place the infuser in a cup and add freshly boiled hot water (for black tea and herbals) or (ideally) 80-90oC  for green tea .

You will see colour in the cup almost straight away but you should continue to infuse for 3 – 5 minutes to get a full flavour.

If you use a large cup or mug, adjust the “1 teaspoon per 250ml” guide accordingly.  A bigger infuser is better for larger mugs or travel cups.

Tip: Try not to overfill the infuser, as the water needs to be able to circulate around the leaves and most leaves will swell.

Our favourite infuser is the style that fits over most cups and mugs and has a lid to keep the tea warm whilst brewing and a drip saucer to sit in between making cuppas. It’s often fine to reuse leaves – especially good quality tea like from the Art of Tea!

Our favourite infuser is: Mug Infuser Stainless Steel with lid/saucer


  1. Is it normal for the tea leaves to get into you tea?

    • Jenna Lovell says

      Brenda – yes, depending on the type of tea and the type of infuser you’re using, its definitely possible for some leaves to sneak into your cup. While ingesting the leaves won’t do you any harm, for taste and aesthetic purposes you may want to re-strain your cup prior to drinking.

  2. I wont to purchase a tea ball. But I would like to know if I can use the keriug k cups for my tea ball. I like the green tea in the k cups. Thank you

  3. Louis DeFiore says

    I was wondering about the keurig k cups too. They are popular for coffee – the little prepackaged plastic cups that hold enough ground coffee for 1 cup. ‘’ can give you more info. I know you can buy re-usable ones and I guess theres no reason you cannot use them to brew tea too.

  4. Carol Goeser says

    I have two tea ball infusers that, after the tea has been in the water, the expand and are hard to open. Is there a trick to opening a tea ball infuser?


    • Jenna Lovell says

      Carol – some styles of teaballs will not have a large amount of space for the tea leaves to expand. When placed in water, varieties of black and green tea (especially) will expand in size, which may be making it more difficult for you to open it. Otherwise, it may just be a difference in design of the teaball. Depending on your style of teaball will depend on what is the easiest way to open it – we suggest having a play with it out of water so you’re more comfortable with the design.

  5. hey Jenna,
    I recently bought a tea infuser with my 28 day teatox program! the infuser is strawberry shaped with a leaf on the end. It seems like a lot of the leaves are escaping into my tea, but it’s the same website which supplies the infusers so is this meant to be happening? is there extra benifit from drinking the leaves?
    Thanks, Taylor 🙂

    • Jenna Lovell says


      A great infuser won’t be letting tea escape into your cup. It should be easy but firm to open and close, simple to fill and easy to clean out after use. The only tea that is likely to end up in your cup is rooibos – due to the very fine needle-like leaves of this variety, they can escape some infusers.

      There should be no harm in drinking Camellia sinensis leaves – and its thought that consuming the leaves can only add to the health benefits found in them. Matcha green tea is thought of in this way – as a powdered green tea, you get the benefits more directly by consuming the whole leaf. Of course, check the ingredients of the particular product you are using for your own circumstances. Removing the leaves usually makes the cuppa more palatable – a great outcome!

      Good luck!

  6. Carol Goeser says

    I can’t get the teaball open.

    • Jenna Lovell says

      Carol – what style of teaball do you have? Many of the teaball styles have a clip, perhaps also with a section that closes over the clip to hold it in place. They can be firm when they are new, so sometimes a firmer hand is required. Good luck!

  7. Thank you for your informative article. I heard oolong tea was great for weight and just over all health benefits. I love this tea often in Chinese Restaurants but there are so many great teas out there really tea is meant to be savored.

  8. i bought a tea infuser and i’m using real fine leaves.
    their almost a powder their so small. my herald import tea infuser is allowing some to escape. apart from using a coffee pot to make my tea, do you have any advice concerning the infuser?
    God bless

    • Jenna Lovell says


      Without being able to see the infuser or the tea in question, it is a little hard to make a good recommendation. Quality loose leaf tea will have a little bit of tea dust or sediment in it, but should still be mostly leaves, so even a rooibos should be suited to a fine mesh strainer. A little bit of the leaf will always make it through into your cup, but it shouldn’t be too much. Feel free to email with any more detailed queries.

  9. hi! thank you for sharing your ideas, im new to drinking tea. so i appreciate your blog. im looking forward for more interesting post. goodday!!!

  10. Teresa Stern says

    My question can you used the loose tea over and over in a silver spoon tea infuser or the loose tea leaves need to be change out?

    Teresa Stern

  11. Teresa Stern says

    Do you put the loose tea in the tea pot and then use a tea strainer or; put loose tea into strainer and then pour the water over the strainer into the tea cup?
    Teresa Stern

    • Jenna Lovell says

      Either option is fine! I personally prefer the infuser in the pot option, as its less messy. We recommend using a large infuser in a teapot to allow full circulation of the water through the tea.

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