Loose tea leaves refers to the whole leaves of the tea plant. It used for brewing tea.
This is different from the bagged tea that most of us are accustomed to.
Why should you opt for one type over the other?
Well, the reasons are many…
Wide Variety of High Quality
Superior quality or premium tea is almost always preferred as loose tea leaves.
Every type of tea, from the popular Earl Grey or English breakfast varieties, to the fine and rare blends prized by connoisseurs, are available as loose leaves.
With bags your range of choice is restricted. Some of the lower quality bags are a mixture of dust tea and fannings.
Most of the high quality brands carry the same size leaves in the tea bag as well as in the loose leaf variant. But in this case too, another factor comes into play, making the loose leaf variant better.
These leaves when steeped in water need space and good water circulation to expand, unfurl and release their essence into the water.
the cramped constraints of a tea bag, the infusion from the leaves
is slower and not as effective. This yields a lighter and less flavored
Effect on Economy
The convenience of providing you each serving of tea in its own paper packaging comes at an ecological cost.
Today most manufacturers have updated to bio-degradable bags and packs.
When you add into the mix the ecological cost of manufacture and disposal of the packaging, bags cannot compare to the eco-friendliness of loose leaf tea, which is sold by weight in larger containers.
In bagged teas much of it is wasted due to the slower and ineffective steeping process. The better infusion of the loose leaf tea ensures that you use less per cup when compared to the tea bag.
Making Loose Leaf
The process of preparing this beverage from loose leaves is not as daunting as it first appears.
Anyone who is accustomed to loose leaf tea will vouch for its taste and flavor. Add to it the many benefits such as the high quality, wide variety, cost savings and eco-friendliness, it sounds like a winner!