Buy Loose - for the taste, health, and sustainability.
There is only one reason for the existance of tea bags. It is strickly for convenience. On the other hand, there are a multitude of reasons for using loose leaf teas all of which have to do with flavor, health and sustainability.
The flavor released from each fold and crease of a whole leaf tea can not be compared to that which has been ground to dust like particles and trapped in a bag. These small particles of tea dust infuse so quickly that turn bitter quickly and can only be used once.
When a whole leaf is allowed to open fully in the water, you can appreciate the care that the tea master has taken to bring out certain flavors, aroma as he crafted this tea. Learn about the process that produces the various types of teas you love. Click here.
As for the healthy components of tea, researchers tell us that the tiny particles age very quickly and that the infusion created from tea bags may not have the activite catechins and other health components in it. Tea bag packaged in paper boxes are susceptible moisture which can spoil the taste and the catechin content.
For the Earth
Are tea bags and ready to drink tea in a bottle sustainable?
When you are in your favorite supermarket or the corner convenience market, look at all the choices of tea bags and RTD tea bottles you can pick from. Imagine all the packaging, waste and the energy comsumption. As we travel around tea drinking cultures, we see a the a much more sustainable practice of enjoying tea. Click here to learn more.
Consider the cost of a box of tea bags, average about $5.00 some as high as $9.00 for 15 servings. Each bag containing 1.5 grams of tea. This equivalent to over $100.00 per kilograms of tea. For that much, you can buy a years worth of ligh grade loose leaf tea at a tea shop. And when you are done with the tea bag, most of the time they will end up in the garbage for land fill. With loose leaf tea, there are some many things you can use the spent leaf for. Read an article written by the Tea Docents on what to do with the leaf after you have enjoyed the brew. Click here.