Firstly, let’s clarify what tea is...
All Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis shrub, it normally flourishes in tropical climates and is grown all over the world. Each region develops their own tea and because of this, each region comes with it’s own distinct flavour- which is quite cool.
Tea is harvested by hand, more specifically the process is called plucking and it’s during this time that only a few leaves are plucked from top of the Camellia bush.
It then goes through a different process depending on what type of tea it is. Generally, its dried, curled, rolled and fermented etc
Loose leaf tea is high quality, with a rich and pure taste. With loose leaf, you are guaranteed a good cup, as long as it has been brewed properly. The aromas are stronger, the essential oils and nutrients are still intact. It is just an all over better option to have for your daily dose of tea.
On the other end we have teabag tea, imagine this, at the end of production, the left over tea dust is collected and reused, or, the beautiful tea leaves are crushed to the point of being tiny little left over granuals of tea. This, is what you will find in a tea bag.
This difference is also what leads to a huge compromise in taste. Teabag tea is usually more bitter and less fragrant. Along with this, in the crushing process, it looses all of the essential oils that are actually beneficial for you.
If you are tempted to use tea bags, use pyramid tea bags that contain loose leaf inside!
Thats a happy alternate!
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