3 Reasons To Brew Loose Leaf Tea

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Tea is a soothing way to begin, enjoy and end your day. My favorite tea in bags come from Celestial Seasonings. In my cabinet now are Tension Tamer, Lemon Zinger, Lemon Ginger, Sleepytime Sinus Soother, Chai Tea, Green Tea with Honey and Lemon. Yup.

3 Reasons to Brew Loose Leaf Tea

I was approached about loose leaf tea from a coworker who was brewing a cup in the kitchen. She had a pounds worth in it and offered me a cup. After breathing deep and enjoying that five minute break, I started thinking why I’ve never tried loose leaf tea. That was enough to convince me to give it a try, but if you’re skeptical, consider these reasons to try it:

1. Loose leaf tea is a higher quality tea. 

Typically, tea in bags found at the supermarket brew faster due to the smaller pieces of tea leaves used. Many loose leaf teas can be brewed multiple times before discarding.

2. With higher quality comes better flavor.

Due to loose leaf tea having larger leaves than tea in bags, you get all of the essential oils from the loose leaf tea. I’ve found that you can find more varieties of loose leaf tea than tea in bags.

3.  It’s economical and ecological.

Since you can brew loose leaf tea several times over, you are saving the cost of each of those extra cups. Also, have you read the side of the Celestial Seasonings box about how much waste comes from the string and paper that you drap over your cup? It’s more than you’d think. Now imagine all of the bags the tea is in!

Want to brew your own cup of loose leaf tea? Here are some tips to get you started.

You’ll need… tea! But who should you buy from? I had the pleasure of attending the Coffee & Tea Festival in NYC while I was on vacation and ended up with $60 worth of coffee, tea, infusers and free samples galore.

Loose leaf teas

Argo Tea – first discovered while in NYC, Argo Tea offers a great variety of loose leaf teas along with teapots, mugs, cups and brewing essentials. I enjoy their red teas.

Harney & Sons offers loose leaf teas as well as tea in bags. I’m currently enjoying the Pomegranate Oolong and the Chinese Flower.

Jane Austin Tea Series from Bingley’s Teas – These fun teas made up my very first loose leaf tea experience that I did myself. The picture above is of this brand.

Infusers

Then you’ll need something to hold the loose leaf tea in while it brews in your cup.

I found this Tea Infuser from Capital Teas. For $15 it’s a really cool infuser. It opens up for you to put the tea inside, close and brew. But there’s one more step – squeeze it and it will squeeze the tea, pushing out all of that good flavor.

Tea Infuser

There are several kinds of infusers out there, so get what you like.

You’re all set from here! Just get your favorite mug and brew away. I don’t currently have a teapot or any other teaware, so I won’t report on those until I experience them myself. Until then, enjoy your tea time!

So what are you going to do with the tea bags in your cabinet? Make a cocktail. Yes, you heard me right. Grab a pale ale, IPA, Kolsch, lager or pilsner and your favorite tea bag. Pour the beer into a glass and let the tea bag “steep” in the beer for 5 minutes. NOW you can enjoy ;)

And if you don’t believe me, here’s proof that I had it at the Coffee & Tea Festival in NYC, and it was MIND BLOWING.

Tea Infused Beer

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  • Raquel Richardson

    I drink a fair amount of tea each day. Between reading this and seeing Dean, a co worker, prefer the loose leaf, I think I’ll give this a go. Nice post.

    • solidgoldeats

      It does require a little extra time and effort, but totally worth it. Dean knows what’s up!

  • http://puregeekery.net/ Nicole

    I will say the cute infusers don’t always work the best. I have a robot (I call him R2Tea2) but he doesn’t brew the best tea.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sqwalton Shelby Quinn Walton

      R2Tea2. Love it!

    • solidgoldeats

      Very true. This one is the bomb. SGE tested and approved. Brewing a cup…. RIGHT NOW!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sqwalton Shelby Quinn Walton

    That infuser is so cool! I think I’ll buy a loose tea set on my next “Treat Yourself” day. Thanks for the tips and fun read!

    • solidgoldeats

      Glad you enjoyed the tips! For $15 it’s a small investment for a great reward ;)

  • Ross Graham

    It’s also awesome.

    • solidgoldeats

      Awesome possum. I was driving down the road one day, someone hit a possum….

  • http://rationalcreature.com/ Amy

    I love that infuser! I’m definitely going to have to get one.

    • solidgoldeats

      You won’t be disappointed!

  • http://twitter.com/IndyVeganFamily Indy Vegan Family

    Just ordered a Teafu infuser. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • solidgoldeats

      Have you tried it yet? I’m using mine right now!

  • james drenner

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I just found out about the tea infuser mug magic that was so greatly brought into my life. And I love it! Well even though it’s not exactly mine it’s my girlfriends, but hey it’s the rule of what’s hers is mine, and what’s mine is mine.

    • solidgoldeats

      So cool, I’ll have to check it out! And yes, sharing is caring, right?

  • Cooper Pie

    Great post, and I have to say that tea infusers are pretty great. And it sounds weird to say, but it makes tea taste a whole lot better, but that’s just what I think.