Weights and Measures of Tea: How Much Does 1 Cup of Tea Leaves Weigh?

 1 cup of dry tea

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


Rose Petals

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.

Standard Tea:

This measurement represents standard tea like a TPGOF Assam, Darjeeling, or classic China green.

Heavy Tea:

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.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published


Just added to your cart:
Excl. postage 
My Bag
Just added to your wishlist:
Excl. postage 
My Wishlist