Tea is sold by the weight which can at times be a little difficult to imagine. Some teas are fluffy like mint and others more dense like jasmine pearls. To help explain the volume to weight ratio (aka density) of different teas, I measured 4 types of tea by every days means of a pinch, teaspoon, and a cup.
Typically 1 teaspoon = 1 cup of tea (6 fl oz).
|Rose Petals||Mint||Standard Tea||Heavy Tea|
|1 Pinch||0.2 g | 0.007 oz||0.2 g | 0.01 oz||0.4 g | 0.014 oz||0.5 g | 0.17 oz|
|1 Teaspoon||0.5 g | 0.017 oz||0.8 g | 0.028 oz||1.9 g | 0.067 oz||2.8 g | 0.28 oz|
|1 Cup||16 g | 0.560 oz||29 g | 1.023 oz||66 g | 2.350 oz||92 g | 3.25 oz|
Most flower petals will have similar weights for the measurements above. White tea made from the buds of tea plant leaves will also be close to rose petals in weights. However, white tea made from mature leaves will weigh similar to mint measurements.
Maté and flowers buds like lavender will have measurements like mint.
This measurement represents standard tea like a TPGOF Assam, Darjeeling, or classic China green.
This measurement was made by weighing jasmine pearl tea and is representative of other heavy dense teas like gyokuro. Pan firings of tea or gunpowder tea will be even more dense than the weights listed above.