|Tetley Tea varieties!|
Loose Leaf Tea
- Takes time to prepare
- Whole leaves are higher quality
- Subtle flavours and aromas are released as the leaves unfurl with each infusion allowing for a unique experience with each cup
- Multiple infusions, so it stretches your dollar
- Cleaning brewing vessels can take a moment
- Quick to prepare, convenient
- Leaves are pulverized into dust and fannings
- Flavour profile is homogeneous since all leaves are cut and mixed together
- Only one steeping per tea bag
- Quick clean-up, just remove the bag and throw it in the composter
So, obviously from the comparison, loose leaf is fresh, good quality tea, whereas tea bags are more about affordability and convenience. Although I don’t think they will replace loose leaves, tea bags are making big strides in design. They now come in various shapes and sizes to allow for better expansion of whole loose leaves: square, round, pyramid. Some tea specialty shops even offer large-sized, rectangular tea bags you can use to filter loose leaf tea. I've tried them, and they aren't bad. The point is to provide adequate room for the leaves to unfurl.
|Strawberry Tea Kettle!|
Again, the market is big enough for both. There is nothing wrong with tea bags, but do understand that you won’t get the same quality in flavour and aroma as you would with loose leaves. So, to answer the question – go for it! Even I enjoy tea bagging it now and then. (I really am talking about tea here, you know! Try to stay focused).