8 Reasons Why Loose Leaf Tea Is The Total Best!
Though a quick and convenient way to brew, the use of tea bags produces a VERY mediocre cup of tea. For the very best brew in terms of flavour, quality and health benefits, loose leaf is the ONLY way to go. Here are 8 reasons why you should transition to loose leaf and everything you need to know to do it and make all your tea dreams come true!
1. Loose leaf tea is higher quality tea
Tea bags are often made with "dust" or "fannings" - essentially the left overs after the largest leaves have been sorted and graded, making them much lower in quality (break open your teabag and have a look what is inside!). Quality loose leaf tea is often whole tea leaves or broken whole leaves, the bigger the leaf the better the quality of tea and the more beautiful flavours you will experience.
2. Quality loose leaf tea is so good for you.
Tea (Camellia sinensis) is bursting with powerful antioxidants and is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. The better quality the tea, the better for you. Not restricted by a tea bag, large quality loose leaves have more room to 'dance' and brew and this allows the water to flow through the leaves and extract a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavors, and aromas from the leaves.
3. Tea bags often contain micro-plastics
OMG. These micro-plastics can leach into your beverage (and let's not forget that classy staple that attaches the string and tag), this is not ideal for health and makes tea bags unable to be composted. Also, tea bags are often individually wrapped and packaged with loads of plastic waste. Cut out those single-use plastics, the environment will love you for it!
4. Quality loose leaf tea is handcrafted
Quality loose leaf tea is often made using the handcrafted orthodox method of tea production - this involves the plucking and processing of tea by hand by skilled tea masters instead of mass production involving machine picking and processing.
5. Loose leaf tea is often fresher
Tea bags are normally commercially produced for supermarket sales - this tea can come from multiple locations and travel a long distance in transit. The different teas being processed together make it less fresh and produces inconsistent cups.
6. Loose leaf tea is cheaper to purchase than packaged tea bags
There's a perception that loose leaf tea is much more expensive per cup than a tea bag, but often this is absolutely not the case when you do your sums. The key is to find a great supplier of loose leaf tea (like us!) and to buy in bulk where possible rather than individually wrapped single-served tea bags.
7. Loose leaf tea can be re-steeped multiple times
Many quality loose leaf teas can be steeped multiple times. The high quality tea leaves continue to give beautiful flavours infusion after infusion. What great value! Try our beautiful hand rolled green + white tea aromatised with the whimsical scent of jasmine called Symphony No.9 and our premium Tie Guan Yin Oolong blended with PURE GOLD LEAF called You Are Gold.
8. Tea is great for your garden!
Tea is an amazing fertiliser for your garden as it contains nitrogen and other nutrients that nourish the soil. Empty your teapot or sprinkle loose leaves onto your veggie garden or flower bed and gently scratch them in. Or add them to your compost heap. Your garden will love you for it.
Always choose organic loose leaf teas + tisanes. Here at BBB we only use premium 100% organic ingredients that are free from chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Always!
Here are some easy ways to transition to loose leaf!
The idea of moving from teabags to loose leaf tea can be a little overwhelming but it is actually quite simple and all you need is the right tools!
Using a BBB Golden Tea Infuser allows you to conveniently brew in any cup or pot. Simply pop the loose tea in the infuser, pour hot water over the leaves, brew for the recommended brew time, then remove the infuser basket. Tap out the leaves and rinse.
Our favourite ever thing in the world for one-cup brewing is the Kinto Unimug! These are so beautiful to brew with and come in 3 gorgeous colours.
We also have the ever popular Kinto Loop Tea Infuser!
Simply scoop your loose leaves in, slide it shut and brew! Comes with a handy stand. Tap the leaves out when done and rinse.
For the full kit and kaboodle, see our stunning Kinto Unitea Glass Tea Pot with glass infuser basket (can also be purchased with matching glass tea cups, saucers and a tea warmer).
And last but definitely not least, see our incredible Made By Fressko Stainless Steel and Glass Tea Flasks with 2-in-1 infuser basket! Perfect for brewing on the go and for both hot and cold infusions.
If you are not already loose leafing it, we hope you now feel more informed about why you should and also know more about the products available through our online store to make the switch easy and enjoyable. May the force of loose leaf tea be with you!
As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.