When it comes to drinking tea, you want to ensure top-quality herbs are being used to maximum health benefits. And, quite frankly, you’re simply not getting that with tea bags, which is why you should ditch tea bags altogether. Don’t believe us? We put together the top reasons why ditching the tea bag is a good idea and hope you agree by the end.
Even though tea bags are super convenient, once you make the switch to loose-leaf tea and invest in a stainless steel tea ball, we promise you won’t miss using tea bags one bit.
Reasons to Ditch the Tea Bags
As we stated in a previous blog post on why loose-leaf tea is superior, it generally offers better quality compared to tea bags. Tea bags often contain lower-grade tea leaves, tea dust, or fannings. This can result in a less flavorful and aromatic cup of tea. On the other hand, loose-leaf tea consists of whole tea leaves or larger pieces, allowing for a more robust and nuanced flavor profile. We promise you’ll notice the difference!
Because of the larger leaves and pieces in loose-leaf tea, it allows the leaves to fully expand and infuse in hot water. This results in a more flavorful cup of tea. Due to the confined space in tea bags, they restrict the leaves’ movement. Therefore, limiting the extraction of flavors and essential oils. This is why loose-leaf tea offers a richer and more complex taste experience.
When you choose loose-leaf tea, there is a wider range of tea options available than what you can find in tea bags. This means that loose-leaf tea allows you to explore different tea types, blends, and origins. Thus, providing a wider selection to suit your preferences and the ability to discover more new flavors.
Just as we mentioned in our article about the benefits of loose-leaf tea, loose-leaf tea gives you the flexibility to adjust the strength and intensity of your brew. This is because you can easily control the number of tea leaves used, steeping time, and water temperature to create a cup of tea that perfectly suits your taste. Tea bags, on the other hand, typically offer a standardized and less customizable brewing experience.
Most tea bags contain plastic elements, such as nylon or polypropylene. These materials help to seal the bags and prevent them from breaking apart during brewing. However, that means these plastics contribute to plastic waste and are not easily recyclable or biodegradable. By choosing loose-leaf tea, you reduce your environmental footprint since you are avoiding the use of single-use tea bags.
Ritual and experience
When you drink tea, it should be an experience. You are imbibing potent herbs for their healing powers, so connect to the herbs and turn it into a ritual. From preparing loose-leaf tea to measuring, steeping, and straining the leaves, let the mundane become magical. Make it a more engaging and mindful experience and pour some love into each cup. This allows you to appreciate the aromas and the healing properties of each herb. Plus, it can enhance your overall tea-drinking experience and add a sense of mindfulness to your daily routine.
While tea bags offer convenience, switching to loose-leaf tea can provide a more authentic and satisfying tea-drinking experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the flavors, variety, and quality of tea. Check out our loose-leaf teas here and start enjoying the tea the right way!