Making Loose-Leaf Tea Easy


| 5/8/2014 10:42:00 AM


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It’s fair to say that I’m a bit of a tea snob. I will only drink high quality herbal teas, and I tend to avoid most tea bags. This is the curse of my career. I grow herbs, teach about them and make medicines with them. This makes me acutely aware of the quality of tea when I go to enjoy some myself.

The Importance of Loose-Leaf Tea

Tea bags seem like such a necessary convenience until you begin to understand that the quality is almost always greatly compromised. To fit into that tiny tea bag, the herb must be finely shredded or powdered. The longer an herb sits after it has been shredded, the more oxygenation occurs and the less benefit and taste actually remains when you finally decide to drink it.

Loose leaf tea tends to give you a better shot at herbs that have not been crushed or broken too much. When leaves and flowers are not hidden in a tea bag, you can easily see the color and condition of your herbs. There is no hiding.

Loose Leaf Tea Intimidation

So many people are intimidated by loose tea. They wonder how much should I use? Our new customers often ask if we sell a tea ball with our tea. We don’t, and I have a good reason why.


rremde
5/9/2014 9:47:47 AM

Nice idea! We use a french press coffee pot for loose leaf teas - you can leave the plunger up for as long as you want the tea to steep, and then press when ready to drink. The relatively fine stainless steel mesh on the filter keeps all but the tiniest bits out of the poured tea, and it's easy to clean.




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