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Today’s tip : drinking loose leaf tea.

Did you know that tea is the second most sipped liquid in the world? Water being number one.

There are many culture that tie unique customs with tea. The Japanese, for example, consider tea to be very important and have have created the Japanese Tea Ceremony(Chanoyu) as a ritualistic celebration of the drink. Americans, the South especially, are well known for drinking sweetened tea and the English culture is constantly associated with “tea-time”.

So what is loose leaf tea?

Loose leaf tea is tea ISN’T in a teabag – hence the name, it’s loose leaf.

The big difference between loose leaf and bagged tea are the leaves itself – it’s what affects the entire cup of tea. When drinking loose leaf, it contains the chemicals and essential oil, which is the main structure of what makes a delicious cup of tea. Typical tea bags are filled with the smallest pieces of broken leaves, called fannings, and lack the full potential of the leaves. Once the tea leaves are broken, the oils from the leaves start evaporating which results in a dull & tasteless tea.

There is also a space issue when it comes to tea. The leaves need space to swell, expand, and release its chemicals & oils. Good water circulation around the leaves is important, which is harder to achieve in a small cramped tea bag.

There are high quality tea-bags as well but at that point, I would rather just buy tea-leaves.

“The most often asked question with tea is, why loose leaf as opposed to tea bag tea?  The easy answer is, why instant coffee vs. brewed?  Tea bag tea is generally a fast infusion for a quick flavour pop.  Loose leaf tea is a bit of a longer infusion, (generally 3-5 minutes) but has MUCH more flavour.  There are exceptions, as some tea companies are putting high quality loose leaf tea into tea bags, but you won’t find those in your local grocery store!”

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So what are some other benefits of drinking loose leaf tea?

  • You can use the same leaves to make a cup of tea multiple times if they’re really high quality leaves. The best tea I drank, I was able to make 4 cups per tbsp – it cost me $30 for 3oz of tea.  The quality of the tea is definitely worth the price.
  • It has a certain charm to it and will definitely impress your friends. It certainly did with mine!
  • The aroma of the tea is strong and amazing every single time.
  • Loose leaf tea is actually cheaper than bagged tea per cup : (link)

If you’re interested in loose leaf tea, Google around to see if you have any tea stores nearby – we have a store called Teavanna around here in Southern California. Organic super-markets are also most likely to sell loose leaf tea in tins as well. Some local coffee/tea shops actually use loose leaf tea as well so keep an eye out for that. Once you get loose leaf, you’ll need an infuser(used to infuse the tea with the water without the mess), tea cups, a source for hot water, and a timer.

Tip : Get out there and drink loose leaf tea! If you’re going to drink tea, drink its full potential.

 

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Note: Everything written in this article is an opinion of the writer and does not portray Lords Insurance’s beliefs in any way.

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Written by lordsinsurancelog

December 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm