What’s the difference between loose tea and tea bags?
If you cut open a paper tea bag you will find dust. That’s what the industry calls the smallest particles in the sorting process. Dust is produced when pounds of whole leaf tea are processed. The damaged and dried pieces fall to the bottom of the netting or bag. This is scooped up and put into tea bags. Part of our evaluation of new tea is looking for fresh looking leaves with sheen. This is indicative of a leaf that isn’t dried out, has much of its essential oils intact, and will provide a great amount of flavor. Another benefit from whole leaf tea is the ability to re-steep. Many teas such as Oolong, Pu-erh and Jasmine Green Tea Pearls are shaped in a way that allows several infusions. Utilizing a brewing basket will allow the leaves to expand and circulate in the hot water to draw out everything the leaves have to offer.
A great cup of tea is a pleasure to drink, so make sure you are getting the most out of your tea leaves!