From mint to chocolate to peach, the delicious, unique flavour options for tea lovers are endless. Among the many different flavours, for the serious tea drinkers, loose-leaf teas are most often the preferred option.
But what makes loose leaf tea so special?
When you steep loose-leaf tea, the leaves have room to absorb the water and expand as they infuse. By doing so, the leaves are known to extract more vitamins, minerals, flavours and aromas. Loose-leaf isn’t only good for making regular tea, but it is the best kind of tea to make into lattes or iced lattes.
Making loose leaf tea is easy, but making the perfect loose leaf tea latte can be considered an art. You must know the best tea flavour to use, how much of it and the perfect steep time. But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here.
How to Make a Loose Leaf Tea Latte
Before choosing which flavour of tea to use in your tea latte, you should know how to make one. To begin, you need to ensure you have the following ingredients:
- Loose Leaf Tea of your choosing
- Crushed cardamom
- Cinnamon stick
- Milk Frother or French Press
- Mug or Teacup
The basic tea latte formula is 4 teaspoons of tea + 1 cup of milk + sweetener (optional). Although this formula can be applied to most teas, depending on your preference you can include more loose leaf tea to make it stronger or less to make it lighter and any milk of your choice.
Here’s how you can make your very own loose leaf tea latte at home:
Step #1: Pour milk into a saucepan. Add 1 tsp crushed cardamom and cinnamon. On a stove, bring the milk to a steam.
Step #2: Add the tea to the steamed milk
Step #3: Remove from heat and cover. Steep tea for 10 minutes
Step #4: Strain Tea Leaves and set aside
Step #5: Using your milk frother or french press froth a bit of milk
Step #6: In a cup, pour in the tea and then top with frothed milk
Step #7: Enjoy and drink!
Variations of Chai often people’s first choice when it comes to drinking a tea latte. Chai is one of the most common teas worldwide and it comes in many different flavours. It’s made from a combination of black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper and cloves — ingredients and spices that are known to improve health, digestion and blood sugar levels1. While most teas taste best steeped in water, chai can actually be steeped with both water and milk and is most often turned into a latte.
The Tea Haus carries a variety of chai blends to choose from that are perfect for making your own loose leaf latte at home. Here are our top picks:
Masala Rooibos is a caffeine-free version of our most popular Masala Chai blend. Although Masala Chai is normally made with black tea, we’ve replaced it with a Rooibos b from South Africa to create a caffeine-free version of it. Regardless of the altered ingredients, the Masala Rooibos still contain strong flavours to give you the full chai experience. We recommend using the basic tea latte formula for this one. Use a little more rooibos to strengthen your drink.
If you’re looking for a strong, spicier blend of chai, then the Tibetan Chai would be the best pick for you. Rich in spices and full of flavour, it is recommended to use less than the average amount of tea when infusing this one. Because of its strong flavours, making this tea into a latte is the perfect balance of milk and spice.
Our Sweet Chai blend is the perfect choice for every chai lover. Not only is it one of our best-selling chai blends, but it’s naturally sweet flavours make the Sweet Chai Latte the perfect afternoon pick-me-up while allowing you to skip out on added sugars and/or sweeteners. While turning this tea into a latte, we suggest using more tea and less frothed milk.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! The Choco Chai blend in the perfect chai enriched with organic criola cacao nibs. This loose leaf tea not only contains the most popular ingredients in chai, but it also includes Ceylon tea, vanilla beans and natural vanilla flavour to give it an ultra-sweet taste. Naturally, anything chocolatey goes best with a glass of milk making this the perfect tea to turn into a latte.
Not only does the Tea Haus sell loose leaf tea, but we provide tea spices that you can add and infuse with any tea. Our Chai Spice is more popularly used with tea and milk to make tea lattes as it enhances the aroma and flavour of the drink.
Make Your Own Tea Latte at Home
Whether you choose Sweet Chai, Tibetan Chai or Masala Rooibos Tea each tea has its own unique flavour that will create the perfect tea latte. Don’t feel limited to the choices we’ve provided, with over 200 loose leaf teas to choose from, we can help find the right tea for you.
Health Line, How Chai Tea Can Improve Your Health