A warm cup of tea, tunes your senses towards harmony and well-being. Tea can be steeped by using loose-leaf tea or tea bag, strong or light, and it can be made in a cup, mug or teapot, and best of all anyone can make it.
Loose Leaf Tea:
- Loose leaf tea contains whole unbroken tea leaves, which are regarded as superior in quality.
- Exotic and orthodox tea types are made of whole leaves. Loose leaf tea comprises large pieces of tea leaves with their aromatic oils intact, for a complex and full flavored cup of tea.
- Whole leaf tea may seem more expensive than tea bags, until you consider that it is possible to get multiple infusions, which lowers the price per cup. When stored in airtight containers, they keep up to a year.
- Brewing loose-leaf tea may require a little more effort than a tea bag, but it does allow you to choose the taste and strength of your cuppa. The loose tea leaves release more aroma and flavor as they have ample space for movement and expansion.
- Loose leaf tea is environment friendly, have higher levels of nutrients. Opting for organic tea further lowers risk of toxins.
- Leaves utilized in tea bags are often fannings (broken pieces of leaves) and tea dust (lowest grade of tea).
- Tea bags are mass produced in factories. The tea leaves which are ground to small pieces, looses essential oils, aroma and complex flavors during processing.
- Bagged teas are relatively inexpensive, but the price per cup is similar to loose leaf; considering that loose leaf can be steeped multiples times, which can’t be done with teabags. Bagged teas have shorter shelf-life.
- Tea bags are convenient, as it comes in pre-measured packs, and eliminates the need for teapots, strainer and infuser. Even if the best whole-leaf tea were packaged in a tea bag, there is restriction of movement which produces an unsatisfactory cup of tea.
- Teabags are made out of PVC, food-grade nylon, polypropylene, which leaches out toxins into your tea. Paper bags are treated with a potential carcinogen called epichlorohydrin.
Dunk your tea bags:
Choosing loose-leaf tea over tea bags might seem overwhelming, but following a few simple tips makes way for new tea experiences. Brewing with loose leaf tea requires a little more effort than a tea bag, but it is still very simple, and makes a world of difference to the quality of your tea. Knowing how to brew with loose tea leaves is vital. If loose tea is prepared incorrectly, you could end up with a bitter taste. Experiment to see which taste works for you. Consider buying some tea ware and accessories- kettles, tea-pots, infusers, filters, tongs, etc – to help you brew your perfect tea.
Steps to follow to brew loose-leaf tea:1. Choose tea based on your preferred flavor profiles- authentic teas, seasonal teas, blended teas, herbal teas, etc.2. Bring Water to boil.3. Steep your tea for the recommended time (varies by tea).
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