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.
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.
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.
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.