Learn About Tea
Loose Tea, Tea Bags or Tea Sachets?
July 26, 2012
Which one to use? Well, that depends upon you.
Brewing loose tea—which is made from large leaves and is the traditional way of making tea—makes for the best cup of tea. There’s a relationship between the size of the loose tea and its briskness. When the fresh teas leaves are rolled, the smaller particles turn brown the fastest, which makes the tea brisk. The British tend to like small tea because it makes the strongest brew and goes well with milk and sugar. The larger-leafed black teas are more mellow and complex.
Some people find brewing loose tea challenging because it requires various steps: You need to have more equipment at hand, as well as time. However, Harney & Sons is here to help! We offer teapots, strainers, permanent filters, and other convenient accessories. Though it’s more time-consuming, there’s also something soothing about preparing loose tea. Some appreciate the ritual of making a pot, letting it brew, and savoring the results. In fact, the Japanese have developed an entire ceremony around making loose tea.
Tea bags are ideal for making a quick cup of tea. The smaller broken leaves found in tea bags infuse the water quicker than loose tea, making it good on the go. Plus with tea bags you don’t have to worry about the correct dose or straining out the leaves. The broken leaves make for a brisker cup of tea.
Sachets are the best of both worlds. The tea leaves or herbals are larger than broken leaf tea used in tea bags, so their flavor is reminiscent of loose teas, but without the preparation effort. Yet, like tea bags, with sachets you don’t have to worry about how much tea to use or utilize a strainer. Thus, many tea drinkers are switching to sachets. We are pleased to offer an eclectic variety of teas and herbals in our elegant and convenient sachets.