Does Loose Leaf Tea Taste Better Than Tea Bags?
When shopping for tea we are spoiled for choice in the UK, there is no question about that – we are a nation of true tea lovers after all.
But when browsing the shop isles or online tea shops is where the next step may come to a dilemma.
Dilemma? “But tea is tea, right?”, you may say.
Not at all – making the proper choice between teabags or loose leaf is an important decision and a deciding factor in making the perfect cuppa.
So, what is the difference; are teabags just a matter of convenience? Or is it more than just convenience?
How about taste, quality, flavour and aroma?
Loose leaf tastes so much better!
“But why?”, I can hear you ask.
If you are new to loose leaf tea, you have come to the right place, let me explain
I wouldn’t disagree that teabags can be a quick, convenient process for your tea needs, however you are sacrificing many tea benefits.
- The leaves used in most bags are actually the “dust” from broken tea leaves, stems or seeds that are crushed down to fit the tea in the bags. When steeping broken tea leaves this results in a bitter, astringent brews – not very pleasant.
- Broken tea leaves have lost most of their essential oils and aroma. Those oils are essential as they contain much of the flavour and vitamins in tea leaves.
- The material, shape, and size of the bags themselves are also important factors. Most tea bags constrain the tea leaves, keeping them from expanding to their full flavor and aroma potential.
- Even though tea itself has a long shelf life, teabags can sit on store shelves for months at a time, growing stale and losing flavor in the process.
There are some tea bags that are made from cloth like mesh in the form of a pyramid, designed to allow the tea leaves to brew without being crushed or constructed.
However you will still be confining the leaves somewhat inside the pouch and these tea bags are often more expensive due to the quality of the mesh.
Now I know those ”silken” pyramid pouches may look pretty but they do contain nylon.
In other words – plastic teabags is not something I like the taste of in my cup, do you?
Loose Leaf Tea
With loose leaf tea, you have unbroken, complete leaves that are still rich in the vitamins and minerals you are wanting to ingest.
The original oils from the leaves are also still intact, which will allow you to brew a much more authentic and rich tasting tea, true to its natural form.
Loose leaf tea can be brewed with a tea strainer, although I recommend to brew tea in a teapot – where possible.
If you choose to use a tea strainer, make sure that it isn’t too small where it restricts the leaves from releasing their oils and flavours into the hot water.
With loose leaf tea, you can be assured of brewing a cup that has the richest flavour that particular tea has to offer.
Voila, the perfect cup of tea
And the winner is …..
I personally find that the best, most full and true brew will be with loose leaves in a generously spaced tea strainer or teapot.
This will keep the leaves intact, unbroken, and allow them to steep their natural vitamins and oils into your hot water.
So does loose leaf tea really taste better? – Yes, I think so.
My advice is to ditch the teabags and dive into the world of loose leaf tea
Why not try some of these loose leaf teas to see what you think of the natural flavours Tea Cleanse has to offer.
Next time you put the kettle on, whether you prefer teabags or loose leaf – enjoy a bit of magic in your cup!