Have you ever wondered why your morning cup of tea tastes a little bland?
Or have a bitter aftertaste with every sip?
Are you using tea bags? That might be the answer!
Did you know that tea leaves lose a lot of essential oils during CTC and through evaporation when it is placed in a tea bag. This results in a dull and tasteless flavour.
As mentioned in our previous blog post, “How Tea Is Made?”, tea bags use the CTC(Crush-Tear-Curl) Method for faster production. Faster production doesn’t always mean it’s a good thing though. In this case, it means, lower quality tea leaves. This is the reason as to why they don’t cost as much as loose leaf tea. They don’t contain whole leaves, they consist of tea dusts and pieces of tea leaves.
Have you ever tried to resteep a tea bag to get more tea out of it? Doesn’t taste too great… It’s a one steep use. So why are so many people still using tea bags?
Well one big factor is the conveniency of it. It makes tea bags easily accessible to everyone and attracts new tea drinkers too! For most people, tea bags are the only way they can enjoy a cup of tea. They can be found anywhere compared to high quality loose leaf.
People also assume that loose leaf tea is more complicated to brew. However this is not true! It’s more simple than a lot of people make it out to be. All you need is a table spoon, a strainer and a cup and you’re good to go! In hindsight, the strainer acts like the tea bag so it doesn’t get messy and because loose leaf teas are higher in quality, this allows you to resteep the tea multiple times.
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons between both tea bag and loose leaf tea:
- Less pricey per cup
- Easily accessible
- Fast to prepare
- Machine made with quantity in mind
- One time steep
- Less nutritious & inconsistency in flavours
- Lower quality
- Can contain harmful chemicals in the bags
- No idea where the teas came from
- Hand-picked & hand-made with quality in mind
- Can be resteeped multiple times
- 100s of tea varietals, each with their own unique flavour/aroma
- Nutritious & tasty even when drunk plain
- Origin of tea can be traced
- More "Pricey"
- Can get messy without a strainer
- May seem intimidating to a new tea drinker
- Found only in niche stores or online
On the topic of pricing, loose leaf may look pricier when comparing it to a box of tea bags but that is actually not the case.
To explain, a competitor's box of 20 tea bags is CA$5.00. When you do the math, that means that it will cost CA$0.25 per cup. That’s pretty cheap!
Now if you look at our top ranged Golden Monkey Black Tea, a 100g(40+ servings) bag goes for CA$39.00. If we were to calculate the cost per cup, it would cost CA$0.98 per cup. But like we previously mentioned, with loose leaf tea, you’ll be able to steep it for at least 2-3 times using the same serving of loose leaf. That will mean the the cost per cup will go down to about CA$0.33c per cup if you were to brew it 3 times.
For just a couple more cents, you could upgrade to high quality, deliciously tasting tea that was hand made to perfection. Even if you did decide to use loose leaf tea for one steep, I still think that it's more worth it compared to using a tea bag.
I understand why people prefer tea bags. Who doesn’t want a fast and efficient way to purchase and drink tea? I know I do!
But its just not the same. After trying loose leaf tea for the first time, I just couldn’t go back to tea bags. The health benefits that it has, reducing tea bag wastes because some bags aren’t biodegradable, being able to reuse and resteep the same loose leafs outweighs the efficiency of tea bags.
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