Why You Should Drink Loose Leaf Tea
When you switch from teabags to loose leaf tea, you get to explore an entirely new world of possibilities. In this article, we’re going to talk about 5 reasons why you should start drinking loose leaf tea.
First and most important, the taste of loose leaf tea is much better than that of teabags. This is for a number of different reasons. Teabags tend to be mass produced, and therefore they can’t be made from the best leaves of the tea plant. They are instead made from later harvested or older tea leaves. This not only lowers the nutrient content of the leaves, but also the flavor as well. The leaves also need to be packed into the teabags, so they have to be ground into much finer pieces. During this process, the leaves lose a lot of their natural essential oils, which is what gives tea its complex flavor and aroma.
These loose leaf Japanese green teas are picked during the first harvest and they’re made from the most nutrient dense tea leaves. They also are able to keep a lot of their natural flavors, instead of being ground up into a teabag. The leaves are tightly rolled so they can retain their flavor during storage. Once these leaves are put into water for the first time, they will finally expand and release their flavor into a beautiful green infusion.
The second reason to drink loose leaf tea is because it gives you more options. Because all the premium teas are made for loose leaf consumption, you get to explore the thousands of different varieties in the world. Teabags are mass produced, but many premium loose leaf teas come from a particular farm and are made by a small group of people. Each farmer has their own method, and you can experience it first hand by drinking the tea. This is what we call single origin, meaning it comes from one farm and it is produced by one group of people. This meticulous attention to detail is lost in mass produced teas, as they take leaves from multiple growing locations and produce them in one large facility. This is what is used to make most teabags and bottled teas, which really lack the complexity of loose leaf.
A third benefit to loose lea tea is that it can be used to make a great cold brewed tea. This doesn’t work as well with teabags, because they have been designed to be brewed hot. Some teabags have natural and artificial flavoring agents in them that are meant to be dissolved in hot water. Loose leaf tea on the other hand infuses just fine into cold water. Just add 5 grams of leaves to the bottom of a pitcher, pour in some room temperature water and let the tea sit for a few hours. After the time is up, you should have a refreshing cup of cold green tea. Certain teas work better than others, and some of our favorite types include gyokuro, fukamushi sencha and Hojicha. Whether you like cold tea or hot tea, loose leaf is the way to go.
A fourth reason to start making loose leaf tea is that it helps reduce a lot of waste. Teabags contain a lot of paper, plastic, string and even staples. The glue used to hold the teabag together is also plastic based, and it can be extracted by the hot water. This not only bad for the taste of the tea, but it’s also bad for the environment. There are hundreds of millions of teabags consumed in the world every day, and this extra material really adds up. What you should do instead is prepare tea the more natural way, with just leaves and water. You can then compost the leaves when you’re done with them, or mix them into a smoothie or salad.
The fifth and final reason to brew loose leaf tea is that it gives you more control over the brewing parameters. There are a lot of factors that go into preparing that perfect cup of tea, and different people have different preferences. With loose leaf tea, you can precisely control how much leaf you use and use a different amount each time. With a tea like Gyokuro for example, you can really create a strong infusion by using 5 grams of leaves and 50-70ml of water. This is a method you can use for special occasions, or if you’re really in the mood for a strong tea. With teabags, you are locked into the standard 2 grams of crushed up leaves, and it offers you little choice when it comes to making each cup a little bit different. If you want every cup of tea to be a little bit different, you have to start experimenting with loose leaf tea.
Thank you al so much for reading. I hope this article has given you at least one reason to switch to loose leaf tea. If you’re looking for a good place to start, I would recommend signing up for the monthly tea club. Not only do you get great deals on our most popular teas delivered monthly, you also get a free clay teapot to prepare the teas. This is a great way to practice your skills and take advantage of all the benefits loose leaf tea has to offer. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Until then, we’ll see you next time.