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Black tea is a fully oxidized tea with brisk, bold flavors - often malty and earthy, with notes of grains.  It comes from the Camellia sinensis plant.  Black teas are well known to the western world, as British and Dutch traders spread its popularity after discovering it in China hundreds of years ago.  The majority of tea that is consumed in America is in fact black tea.  Eventually, large scale, industrial black tea production grew in India, Sri Lanka, and northern Africa too.

Some famous black tea varieties include Keemun (or Qimen), Lapsang Souchong (or Zhengshan Xiaozhong), Darjeeling, Assam, English Breakfast, and Ceylon.

Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!


Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound


8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers