When it comes to the debate of loose leaf tea vs tea bags, we believe loose leaf tea wins hands down. With tea bags, the infusion is limited by the size of the tea bag, whereas when you brew loose leaf tea, there is more room for the leaves to expand. This allows the leaves to absorb more water, releasing more flavour and aroma as well as a wide range of vitamins and minerals that would otherwise be trapped in a tea bag. Whilst loose leaf tea makes for a fresher, tastier cup of tea, it’s not all down to the taste. Here are a few reasons as to why you should give loose leaf tea a go.
I know we said it’s not all down to the taste, but it’s still one of the best selling points for loose leaf tea. Tea bags are standardised, mass produced and the leaves often blended down so much that they lose their flavour. Loose leaf tea allows for a more refined drinking experience, with fresher, more wholesome and stronger levels of flavour and aroma. Similarly, a lot of the taste is in the quality. Tea bags produced for supermarkets are often made up of ‘dust’ and ‘fannings’, tiny, broken leaves left over from the production of loose leaf tea, ultimately leaving you with a flat-tasting cuppa. By opting for loose leaf tea, you’re getting a much higher quality brew, jam packed with flavour that will leave you much more satisfied than a lifeless tea bag.
There’s more to tea than the standard black or green tea bags you find in the supermarket. Types of loose leaf tea such as oolong, white, rooibos, and herbal are cultivated from across the globe to not only provide a taste sensation but to reflect the land it came from and the delicacy in which it was produced. Drinking tea in its natural, loose leaf form is a whole different experience, sipping some rooibos and being transported to the mountains of South Africa or to the Fujian province of China through a little white tea. It’s speciality tea which varies season to season and never fails to show you how tea should really taste.
Good for your Health
Tea is often credited for having a number of health benefits yet the chemicals responsible for such claims are often primarily found in the highest concentration of fresh leaves. When brewing loose leaf tea, because the leaves have more room to expand and diffuse, a higher quantity of vitamins and antioxidants are able to be released. These vitamins and antioxidants are what help to keep your body’s health in check and ward off any serious conditions. The ‘dust’ and ‘fannings’ within tea bags degrade much faster and so it is best to drink tea as fresh as possible to really enjoy its potential health benefits.
Good for the Environment
The tea bags we use on a day to day basis are no friend of the environment, they’re not compostable and pose a threat to the future of our planet. Whilst companies are making an effort to create more compostable tea bags, even the more environmentally friendly tea bags can only be biodegradable up to between 70 and 80 percent. If you want to do your bit and minimise waste, try making the switch from tea bags to loose leaf tea. The biggest threat to the environment with tea bags in the use of materials such as carton and plastic that can’t be recycled and end up in landfill. Loose leaf tea requires much less packaging, yes there will still be some impact, but it will be a much less damaging impact than tea bags. So by switching to loose leaf tea, not only are you getting a higher quality, tastier cup of tea, but you’re also helping to minimise pollution at the same time, it’s a win, win!