Tea Culture, Tea Education
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Loose Leaf Tea vs Tea bags

6.11.14

Which should you go with? iTea only uses premium tea for our small range of Pyramid bags so you are safe with either when you purchase from us.

The tea that you find in commercial brand supermarket brands and loose leaf tea come from the same plant but there are several things that affect the quality and taste of your final cup of tea.tea_bag1

The premium tea that we use for our white, green or black tea is from the Camellia sinensis plant’s hand-picked buds, whole tea leaves, large pieces of leaves or a combination of both. And like a fine wine it is affected by where it is grown, soil conditions and the time of year.

The tea that you find in the off the supermarket shelf tea usually is smaller pieces of leaves or fannings (also referred to as dust). Many years ago when I first met my husband I went into David Jones to purchase some tea for my husband as a gift. His father had been a tea planter before he died and my husband had grown up on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. So off I go to the store that I thought would sell the type of quality tea he was used to. I took my time picking out a lovely canister of Ceylon Tea and took it home. My husband informed me when I gave it to him that I had picked out a lovely canister full of what he called dust. It was a long time ago and we were not involved in the tea business as we are today so I didn’t know any better.

Just remember whether you chose the convenience of our pyramid bags for on the go or at work or our loose leaf teas you will always enjoy a quality cup of tea! No dust involved.