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How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea Without an Infuser

May 17,2024 | TeaTsy Team

Brewing loose leaf tea without an infuser is simple and can be done using common kitchen items. You can use a fine mesh strainer or even create a DIY tea bag with a coffee filter. Read on for detailed steps and tips on how to enjoy your loose leaf tea without a tea mug with infuser.

Equipment for Making Tea

If you want to brew loose leaf tea but don't have an infuser, don't worry, you can use some common glasses, ceramic teapots, Coffee cups, and common kitchen tools at home to brew loose tea.

Tea Brewing Tools

To ensure the quality of the tea, it is best to use pots or cups made of glass and ceramic as well as Coffee cups as these materials will not affect the taste of the tea. It is also important to make sure that the vessel has enough space for the tea leaves to expand fully and promote water circulation, which is essential for brewing quality tea.

  • Teapot: suitable for brewing large amounts of tea and has good heat retention.
  • Cover bowl: suitable for brewing delicate tea leaves and enjoying the color, aroma, and aroma of the tea soup.
  • Coffee cup: multi-purpose, can be used to drink tea or coffee, suitable for one person to enjoy.

kitchen Tools

Straining tea is easy using common kitchen tools around the house. Here are some kitchen tools that can replace the Infuser:

  • Tea Bags: Convenient for single servings, easy to dispose of, and require minimal cleanup.
  • Slotted Spoon Strainer: Versatile for straining loose leaf tea, herbs, or fruit, providing a quick and easy alternative to traditional tea brewers.
  • Aluminum foil: This can be made into a makeshift tea infuser that adapts to different shapes and sizes for emergencies or impromptu brewing situations.
  • French Press: Great for steeping loose leaf tea or blends, enhancing flavor extraction, and delivering a rich brew with minimal sediment.

After learning about the alternatives, it is also important to note the shelf life of loose leaf tea to see if it is expired or not fresh.

Step-by-step Guide to Brewing Loose Leaf Tea Without Infuser 

With the understanding of tea brewing equipment, many kitchen utensils can also be used as tools for brewing loose-leaf tea without the need for an actual brewer and without any difference in the quality of the brewed tea.

Below, we'll cover 8 different techniques for brewing loose leaf tea without an infuser.

Teapot Method 

The simplest and most traditional way to make tea is to brew loose leaf tea directly in a teapot.

Step 1: Place the loose tea leaves in the teapot. 

Step 2: Pour hot water into the teapot. Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes (steeping time depends on the type of tea and your taste).

Step 3: After steeping, let the tea leaves sink to the bottom of the teapot and serve.

Gaiwan Method

In traditional Chinese tea culture, gaiwans  have been used to brew and serve tea. If you don't have a tea infuser at home, you can also use a gaiwan to brew loose tea. Below are the steps for brewing loose tea in a gaiwan:

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea Without an Infuser

Step 1: Put the right amount of tea leaves into the bowl and pour in hot water of the right temperature (usually 80-90°C, depending on the type of tea).

Step 2: Cover the bowl and steep for 3 to 5 minutes, adjust the steeping time according to personal taste.

Step 3: To pour the tea, hold the tea tray and covered bowl with one hand and gently lift the corner of the lid with your thumb and middle finger to allow a small opening for the tea to flow out. Carefully pour the tea into the cup so that the tea leaves remain in the covered bowl.

Coffee Filtration Method 

If you don't have a store of infusers at home, you don't have to worry. You can rummage through your drawers and there might be a coffee filter. You are also able to brew loose tea with coffee filters. Note that it is best to use the unbleached Coffee Filtration Method.


  •  Coffee Cup
  •  Coffee Filter
  •  Pan

Step 1: Boil loose tea leaves with water in a saucepan.

Step 2: Place a strainer in a Coffee cup. Pour the tea into the Coffee cup and strain it through the Coffee filter.

Step 3: Tea has been brewed and waiting to be enjoyed.

Tea Bag Method

With just a piece of cotton cloth, you can make your Tea Bags. However, it is important to make sure that the cotton cloth used is clean.

Step 1: Cut the cotton cloth into squares as per your requirement, e.g. 4×4 inches.

Step 2: Place the loose tea leaves in the cotton cloth and tie the cloth tightly.

Step 3: Take a cup and pour boiling water.

Step 4: Put the loose tea leaves wrapped in the cotton cloth into the cup and let it steep.

Step 5: Tea has been brewed and waiting to be enjoyed.

Learn more about loose leaf tea vs tea bags.

Double Cup Method 

You can also use two glasses to brew loose leaf tea. While this is quick and easy, you will need to put more thought into every detail of the brewing process. From the ratio of tea leaves to water to the temperature of the water, to the time and technique of brewing, each of these can affect the final flavor and aroma of the tea.

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea Without an Infuser

Step 1: Pour loose tea leaves into one cup.

Step 2: Pour hot water into the cup with the loose tea leaves and let it steep for a few minutes.

Step 3: After observing the tea leaves sink to the bottom of the cup, carefully tilt them together and pour the tea into another cup.

Slotted Spoon Straining Method 

Without Infuser, a slotted spoon can also brew loose tea, but the quality of the brew depends on the size of the Slotted spoon and the type of tea. Therefore, it is recommended to choose a suitable Slotted spoon when brewing loose tea.


  • Slotted Spoon
  • Cups  

Step 1: Put the loose tea leaves into the cup and pour hot water to brew.

Step 2: Pour the tea through the slotted spoon into the cup and enjoy.

Aluminum Foil Infuser Method

If you have aluminum foil in your house, you can also use it to make loose leaf tea and you don't need a tea Infuser either.


  • Aluminum Foil
  • Sharp Knife or Foothpick
  • Tea Cups

Step 1: First cut the aluminum foil into a square with scissors, then fold it twice to make a small square.

Step 2: Place the loose tea leaves in the tin foil and seal it.

Step 3: Using a sharp knife or toothpick, poke small holes in the foil. Then put it into Tea Cups. Then pour hot water into the foil and let it steep for 2-4 minutes. 

Step 4: After the steeping is complete, carefully remove the foil from the Tea Cups and your loose tea is ready.

The French Press Method

If you happen to have a French press at home, you can also use a French press to steep loose tea. It is important to note that if you regularly use a French Press to brew coffee, make sure it is clean so that there is no residual coffee flavor in the tea leaves.


  • French Press Coffee Pot
  • 1 cup

Step 1: Place the loose leaf tea into the French Press. 

Step 2: Pour hot water into the French Press. Allow the tea to steep for 2 to 4 minutes.

Step 3: Slowly press the plunger down.

Step 4: Pour the tea into a mug and enjoy.


Read through the article to get a better idea of how to brew loose tea without an Infuser.

If you want to use a teapot, gaiwan tea set, or other tea brewer to brew loose tea, you can head over to Teatsy to make your purchase. We offer different types of teapots for you to choose from.