I will never forget the experience of working at a tea care in Chicago. It was wonderful being able to make various teas and create unique blends that were refreshing and delicious. Learning about the difference between loose-leaf teas and ground teas gave me a greater appreciation for the tea farmers and the process itself.
Sipping on a cup of tea is known to bring therapeutic benefits and is a delicious alternative to coffee. Teas have a rich history, herbal teas traditionally called ti-sane dates back to the Chinese Dynasty. Teas nowadays are not as worry-free as in the ancient days. Now we have to be careful about pesticides, dyes, bleaching and all other kind of artificial flavors and chemicals that "steep" along with your teas in bags. Tea plants are just as susceptible to being sprayed like other conventional crops.
Loose-leaf tea brewing
Tea in tea bags work well for convenience yet are not designed for multiple brews. One of the main things that make a difference in flavor is brewing leaves that haven't been crushed. Loose-leaf teas are bag free, easily purchased in bulk and provide robust flavor from high-quality ingredients. Open up a tea bag to see the major difference. When you brew with loose leaf tea, you are able to get multiple brews and there's no need to have two tea bags in your carafe. With one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per 8 ounces you can enjoy a cup of tea in less than five minutes. Since loose leaf teas are not contained inside of a bag you will require additional equipment such as tea strainers, which are available in cloth and stainless steel. When preparing tea for several people consider investing in a tea kettle that has a built-in infuser. You can even make your own tea bags from disposable tea filters or purchase a cotton muslin bags for reuse.
What I discovered about commercial tea bags:
1. Paper tea bags are commonly treated with a pesticide called epichlorohydrin that helps keep the tea bag from tearing apart. The downfall is this epichlorohydrin hydrolyzes in the water and can have a negative affect on the immune system.
2. Those cool pyramid shaped tea bags are made with either nylon (food grade nylon) or polyethylene terephthalate (PET). They can withstand hot water up to 169 degrees Fahrenheit for PET and 119 degrees Fahrenheit for food grade nylon.
There are a few tea brands that are worry-free on tea bags such as Republic of Teas. Due to health awareness, more companies are becoming health conscious.
I prefer to store loose leaf in recyclable airtight containers. Teas whether in loose leaf or prepared in tea bags have expiration dates. Loose leaf teas after six months can loose its flavor. Having an airtight container is imperative in longer lasting tea.
I pray this post helps you understand the difference between loose leaf teas and ready-to-use tea bags.