Since the invention and production of teabags at the beginning of the 20th Century, people have debated the advantages and disadvantages of loose tea leaves and tea bags. Both have their specialties and could be better. Let’s look at each one closely so that you can choose which you prefer.
Unbroken leaves are used to make loose tea. These are whole-leaf teas, which produce fuller and richer cups. Due to their high flavor retention, these tea leaves can be steeped several times. Most tea lovers prefer these high-grade teas. Infusing loose tea leaves with water ensures that each leaf is in contact with the water, resulting in a more flavorful infusion. Tea bags are less efficient at extracting flavor from milder teas, such as white tea. Loose leaves can help. All traditional tea ceremonies, whether Gong Fu Tea from China or Chanoyu in Japan, will only use loose tea leaves.
Commercial tea bags are a relatively new invention designed to make it easier for people to prepare their daily cup of tea. Some people need more patience, time, and equipment to make tea using whole leaves. Tea bags require the least time, precision, and care. Tea bags, however, are usually filled with inferior teas such as dust or fanning. They have more surface area because they are smaller tea pieces. It is easier for the leaves to lose their flavors and essential oils through evaporation. It’s only suitable for those times when you want a quick color for your cup. Tea bags, which are usually made from bleached papers, can only be steeped once. These teas are more robust and can be mixed with milk, sugar, or both. This is the perfect compromise between quality and convenience.
Tea Trunk uses pyramid tea bags to make it easier, but we always strive for quality. It’s great to know that the tea leaves are pure, unadulterated and healthy. The flavor is unmistakably delicious. What do you think? Have you noticed any difference between loose and tea bags? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share your comments.