Loose Tea & Bagged Tea

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Loose Tea & Bagged TeaThe main difference between loose tea and bagged tea is the size of the leaf. A cup of tea is greatly affected by the latter difference. Tea leaves contain chemicals and essential oils, which are the basis for the delightful flavor of tea. However, when the tea leaves are broken up, the oils can evaporate and result in dull and tasteless tea. Typically, tea bags are filled with the tiniest pieces of broken leaves, termed as ‘fanning’. Loose teas are generally whole leaves or, sometimes large pieces of leaves.

Advantages of tea bags-:
• When steeping using a teabag, the infusion is limited by the size of the teabag. Packing full-leaf tea instead of fanning into a small teabag may not yield a very flavorful cup.
• As the tea in tea bags is fanning, the smaller pieces have a greater surface area and steep quickly as well as efficiently.

Advantages of loose tea leaf-:
• When steeping loose-leaf tea, the leaves absorb water and expand as they infuse. This allows the water to flow through the leaves and extract a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and flavors from the leaves.
• The variety of tea available in loose form far outnumbers the variety that is available in bagged form. The visual spectacle of blooming teas and the experience of using tea cups/ pots are added perks.

Tea Storage
Storing tea can be an issue for tea lovers who like to have numerous different teas on hand. Tea can last a fairly long time, but not forever, if carefully stored. It is recommended to store it in a dark, air-tight container, as sunlight can cause it to degrade. In addition, a cool and dry environment is also necessary as moisture can cause damage to the leaves. Any airtight container can solve the purpose well but, special tea storage tins are also available which ensure preserving quality. Generally, a good tea should remain fresh for about a year if kept away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight.