WHY LOOSE LEAF TEA?
Loose leaf tea, also know as “whole-leaf” tea is tea that is made up of whole unbroken, leaves that are not brewed in a teabag. When you steep loose leaf tea, it has room for tea leaves to absorb water and expand as they infuse. This allows the water to flow through the leaves and extract a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavors and aromas from the leaves. There are a far larger range of flavors and aromas available from loose leaf tea than there are from standardized teabag blends. This breadth and depth of tea profiles appeals to those who value flavor and quality.
Teabags are usually made from low tea grades, called dust and fannings. These small pieces of tea, have a larger surface area than whole leaves. A larger surface area means more opportunities for the essential oils (what makes tea flavorful and aromatic) to evaporate, leaving the tea dull and stale. Freshness can be a major issue with typical teabags for this reason, especially if they are packed in a paper box with paper wrapping.