Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Perks of Loose Leaf Tea



Not all Teas are Equal 

It would be great if all teas were equal, but they are not. Matcha and loose leaf tea are far superior to bagged tea.

Bagged teas are heavily mass produced. They are typically made from broken leaves; that have been around for a long extended amount of time. Occasionally there’s dust in the bottom of a tea box. The lowest grade of teas are called “dust” or “fannings”. Farmer’s rake up the dropped leaves, and that is what goes into your bagged tea. Drinking dropped, or damaged leaves doesn’t seem appealing.

Think of it like this, if you have a box of crackers you eat them with enjoyment. You gobble them up to the point where there’s a bunch of crumbs that are on the bottom of the bag. At times there are crumbs beyond the bag that have made into the box. Those crumbs are similar to the “fannings” or “dust” in tea bags.

Loose leaf tea are the crackers, not the crumbs. Freshly picked, unbroken leaves, and leaf buds are used in loose leaf tea. It’s not made from the broken leaves on the ground.

It is all in the Flavor

Bagged tea does have a consistent flavor. It’s measured out, the instructions are clear on the box. It’s convenient to travel with something that is packaged and contained.

With loose leaf tea there are no rules. If you want your tea strong, you add more in, and let it steep for longer. Everyone has a preference for how they like their coffee. With tea, it should be the same way.

There’s something great about making your own of anything. With tea there’s no exception. Measuring out loose leaf tea isn’t a lot of work. It is pretty equal to the task of getting out a tea bag. If you want to mix a few varieties, than go for it! It should be a rewarding ritual.

Is Loose Leaf Tea Really Expensive?

Loose leaf tea is more expensive than bagged tea. If you are a tea drinker, it is time to splurge! Think of the money that coffee drinkers spend on their preferred drink. Loose leaf tea doesn’t even compare to the price of a cup of joe.

Brewing Methods

There are many tea diffusers you can buy. You have to find the right one that interests you.

They make a whimsical, medical grade, silicone tea diffusers. It is a fun conversation topic when ever someone is spotted using a mantatee.

It should be called a mantatea diffuser. There are other fun animal diffusers to buy.



There is a fancy wire strainer diffuser. This diffuser unclips, so the loose tea fits in, and then it is clasped back up. It can be slightly tricky to clean out. If you open it up, dump the tea in the compost, the diffuser can be swirled in soapy water, rinsed, and it is good to go!

There are compostable tea bags. They are similar to a coffee filter. When you are done, you can pitch the filter, and loose leaf tea in the compost to break down.

There is also a no filter method. Use a tall glass. Heat the water up, put the desired tea in, and drink it. For some, they can not get over the pulp. For others, the pulp doesn’t bother them. It sinks to the bottom of the glass. Very little tea pulp is actually consumed.



Much Love for Matcha

If you’ve ever had matcha tea, it’s ground up loose leaf tea. It is meant to drink whole. The pulp in loose leaf tea, and powder in matcha are really healthy for you.

Perks of Matcha

It is packed with powerful antioxidants
It lowers blood sugar
It lowers bad cholesterol
It helps prevent some diseases
It boots your metabolism
It detoxifies your system
It helps with concentration
Common colds are minimized because it contains zinc, vitamin C, and magnesium

Matcha is just like any other tea, where it calms the body. Pair it with yoga and meditation, and you’ll be a relaxed and peaceful person.

Tea Should Be Part of Your Everyday

If you love tea, choose wisely, and make it part of your daily routine. They have many varieties to choose from. If brewed longer, your tea will get stronger, for your morning kick off. If you need to wind down at the end of the day, there are tea options for that too.

Need an energy boost try Yerba Mate
When you are sick or allergic try Ginger Tea
After a morning workout try Matcha
To boost your metabolism try Green Tea
To reduce bad cholesterol try Black Tea


Best of all, enjoy all the variety of flavors when it is tea time!



3 comments:

Liz Mays said...

I drink about 75% bagged, 25% loose leaf and there really does tend to be a better flavor in loose leaf. I'm just lazy sometimes.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I do love loose leaf tea, but right now I have been on a Twinnings Darjeeling kick, and that's bagged tea. It's hard to find a good quality loose leaf tea in my area. Jason did get some from a gift from his Chinese vendors, but I am going to be honest and say that I haven't tried them. I'm always skeptical of consumables that come from China. Horrible way to think? Probably. But I hear they bleach their garlic and that's enough for me to steer clear of anything they export for us to consume.

mail4rosey said...

I don't mind splurging a bit. I might try this tea! I have only had tea bags.

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