A Few Words About
Loose Leaf Tea vs. Tea Bags

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In modern world where everybody has to multitask and is constantly on the go, most of us are dusty tea bag drinkers.

Different than loose leaf tea, the tea found in tea bags usually consist of smaller pieces of tea leaves or tea fannings (also referred to as dusts) which may give a quicker brew, but these small pieces tend to produce an inferior tasting tea therefore an unfulfilled drinking experience.

One reason for this is the fact that the fannings are exposed to more air during processing and packaging.

Also the sizes of the particles of the tea plant should be larger to prevent the brewed tea becoming overly dry and stale.

We should always remember that the cheaper the tea, the more dusts it will contain.

On the other hand, enjoying the subtlety and full flavor that come with brewing loose leaf tea is something else and is not very difficult to achieve. There are a few rules that one should pay attention to when preparing the best cup of loose leaf tea in your very own kitchen.

Over the last decade loose leaf tea has been experiencing a huge revival in sales within the North America and other countries. This rise in appeal has created hundreds of tea houses and boutiques (on and off line) that specialize in rare and gourmet loose leaf teas, as well as tea accessories, and books about tea.

Recently some of the higher end tea sellers who use bags started packaging whole tea leaves in larger bags with no fannings. The tea bags should always be unbleached and large enough to allow the tea leaves to expand while brewing. This is the way to go if you prefer to use bagged tea in lieu of tea leaves.

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