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Oolong tea, or "wulong", is a semi-oxidized class of teas that originated in China.  It is harvested mainly in the southeastern parts, in Fujian and Guangdong provinces, and also Taiwan.  Among tea types, oolong has the widest range of flavors, aromas, and styles of production.  Oxidation of oolong tea ranges from as low as 5% to as high as 85%.  The result is a very excitingly complex array of leaves that are often loved by new tea lovers and connoisseurs alike.

Some famous wulong varieties include Da Hong Pao, Tie Guan Yin, Shui Xian, Rou Gui, Shui Jin Gui, Bai Ji Guan, Dong Ding, Baozhong, etc...



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

Servings

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