Why Loose Leaf Tea?

Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water. That’s because it’s so versatile: You can drink it iced or hot, and there are enough varieties of tea to suit just about any palate. It is in almost every culture, and has found its way into billions of cups around the world.

It makes a great companion when you're feeling sick, and offers a lifetime of drinking enjoyment.

The differences between loose leaf tea and traditional tea bags are numerous, and it goes far beyond the surface.

So, how are you preparing it? Is it loose leaf style, or are you simply dunking a bag and getting what you think tea really offers? If it is the latter, then this read may prove insightful. Loose leaf tea is without a doubt the best way to enjoy tea.

Higher Quality

When you buy loose leaf tea, you're getting whole, loose leaves with all of their essential oils intact. In contrast, the leaves that go into tea bags are leaf fragments and tea dust left over during the processing and picking of the tea leaves. The dry leaf fragments and tea dust placed into tea bags lack the essential oils found in the whole leaves and tend to be of vastly inferior quality compared to loose leaf teas.

Amazing Health Benefits

Just take a sip and your body will be pleased. With loose leaf tea, you will be getting the full leaf along with all the essential oils and nutrients you need to start your day bright and get your spirit rejuvenated.

Since loose tea consists of larger leaves it keeps more of its powerful catechin antioxidants and plentiful plant polyphenols. What does that mean? You get more of the goodness that tea is noted for, health benefits! Much research suggests drinking tea—particularly green tea—can fight diseases and even lengthen life. This is due to tea’s high concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols, which may contribute to the prevention of cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, blood pressure, cholesterol and boost the immune system.—tea is especially and uniquely rich in particular types of polyphenols called catechins. Tea isn’t just a comforting and pleasant beverage, it also has remarkable healing properties.

Tea brewed by the bag contains fewer of these properties, if any. Loose tea will always give you a healthier cup.

Better Aroma and Superior Flavour

Loose tea has more surface area than the "tea dust" (fannings) that go into bags. The larger the leaves, the more natural oils you get to steep out of them, and this of course means great flavour, along with a pleasant scent! Loose leaf will have a nice fresh and clean taste, and depending on the variety may taste sweet, floral, vegetal, malty, or earthy along with many other distinct nuances. Bagged tea will almost always taste bitter, old, stale, fuzzy, and muddy, and will leave you with a funny aroma that doesn't promise much. Bags will add colour to your cup, but not much after that!

Rich loose leaf tea awakens the senses. Forty One Tea lovers constantly find each one of our teas to hold a taste worth indulging.

More Varieties To Explore

Another thing tea bag consumers suffer from is a lack of variety. Folks will always be limited to what is offered on the supermarket shelves, and while that may look like a lot, you'll find yourself going through them pretty fast, as well as finding many you do not fancy.

Tea in general is broken into four main types, white, green, oolong, and black. Each main classification yields hundreds of varieties since many cultures around the world cultivate and process them. Also realize that a large portion of these varieties are sold in loose form, so that means there is always a new kind to look forward to. This is often one of the biggest pleasures a true tea drinker enjoys!

Loose Equals Freshness - Fresh tea

A big advantage loose leaf has over bagged tea is the age factor. In order for tea to have a good quality, it must be young and fresh tea. Did you ever wonder how old those bags are? If I told you they can sometimes be over 18 months overdue, would that surprise you? It is recommended that all tea is enjoyed within the first 6 to 8 months of the flush. Even loose leaf can go bad so it is important that you get steeping after your purchase and avoid letting it linger.

Makes A Unique Gift

This is a different reason that sometimes slips past the cracks! Did you ever buy a tea gift for someone? Maybe you got lucky and loose leaf tea was included, but if not, I doubt you every got feedback on how great the bagged stuff was. It is no doubt that everyone welcomes gourmet food as a present! Loose tea will always impress guests when served, or make a friend or family member feel special when received as a gift. Including some sample varieties along with some steeping equipment is a perfect way to introduce someone to this great beverage. They may even become addicted and start a great new habit that is actually good for them! Well, there are your six main reasons to choose loose tea over the bags. They are not too expensive and remain wallet/purse friendly. And the next time you find yourself dunking a bag, remember this read and go the extra yard and treat yourself to the true side of tea!

 

 

  • Introduction to Tea
  • How Tea is Made

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