Alright, so you’ve probably heard all about some of the benefits of loose leaf tea, but you’re probably wondering if there’s a real difference between loose leaf and bagged teas. We’re breaking it down for you, once and for all. Lets go.
Let’s Start at the Beginning – Even before they’re packaged and sent to your favorite tea retailer, loose and bagged teas are processed differently. Loose tea leaves remain whole after oxidation, while bag-bound tea leaves are ground down into fannings for easy packaging and distribution.
How about taste? – Loose leaf teas keep the leaves intact, which means a fuller flavor in your cup. While you’ll get some flavor out of bagged teas, it won’t be the same experience. Additionally, loose leaf teas offer a greater variety of flavors because the ingredients don’t have to be able to fit in a convenient-to-package tea bag.
Form = Function – Tea offers quite a bit of health benefits, but these are lost more quickly over in bagged teas. The cut tear curl process increases the surface area of the leaves, which allows for nutrients to be lost. Loose leaf tea holds in these properties until steeped, so you’re getting the most out of your cup.
Because tea gets a gold star for it’s health benefits, let’s compare tea to gold. Which would you rather have, gold in its whole form, or gold dust. Sure the dust might be easier to transport, but you’ll have to watch out for wind that might blow it away. The same goes for tea. Loose leaf might take an extra step, but you’ll definitely reap the rewards.