Yes, there’s a big difference between loose leaf tea and tea bags! See how loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags compare and why one is better than the others.
Loose Tea, Tea Sachets, and Tea Bags
There’s a big difference between loose leaf tea, tea sachets, and tea bags and it’s easy to see once you put them side by side.
Loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags all contain rolled dried tea leaves. The more of the whole tea leaf (bigger pieces) you can see, the better the quality of tea.
Loose leaf tea (top in the photo) is usually made up of whole, unbroken tea leaves. Once the tea leaves are brewed, the leaves will unfurl and you should be able to see the shape of the leaf.
Tea sachets (middle in the photo) contain a mix of whole and broken tea leaves inside a pyramid-shaped bag.
The tea inside tea bags (bottom in the photo) are little tiny bits of what was once a whole tea leaf.
When you open up a tea bag, it’s hard to tell that the small bits and powder were once a leaf.
Loose tea is the highest quality tea.
- Loose tea is usually whole tea leaves.
- The essential oil in the leaf is where the flavor of the tea comes from.
- Whole tea leaves have the most flavor.
- For the best tasting tea, go with loose tea.
- Loose tea brewed in water has the most room to expand and unfurl, giving you a better tasting tea.
Tea sachets contain good quality tea.
- Tea sachets with their pyramid shape are filled with a mix of broken and whole tea leaves.
- When tea leaves are broken, they lose most of their essential oils, resulting in a less flavorful tea.
- The pyramid shape allows more room for the tea to expand, leaving a more flavorful tea.
- For convenience and good quality tea, use tea sachets.
Tea bags contain the lowest quality tea.
- Tea bags are filled with small broken leaves and tea dust.
- Since tea bags have tea that are in such small pieces, the essential oils are mostly gone.
- It’ll taste one-note and will lack depth of flavor.
- For convenience only, use tea bags.
- No expensive teas (higher grade) are put into tea bags.
- Where to Buy Tea Online
- 5 Easy Steps to Make Earl Grey Tea Properly
- Quick Start Tea Guide
- Want to Get into Oolong Tea? Start Here.
FREE TEA BREW CHEAT SHEETS
Join my free email list to download these instantly!