Tea drinkers seem to always ask themselves a serious question when buying tea; loose leaf or prepackaged? For centuries, people have said there isn’t a difference between the two, but there actually is. Thanks to a lot of research and combing through scientific blogs, as well as the avid tea drinker’s blog, we now can see the pros and cons of prepackaged tea, and loose leaf tea! This will help tea drinkers decide which is the better buy, or if they should try a tea different from what they have been drinking.
Many people tend to drink prepackaged tea instead of loose leaf tea. This is usually because it’s quicker to find and make. However, just like all things, there are both pros and cons to drinking prepackaged tea.
Pro: Ready to be placed in water when you are ready for a cup of tea.
When you’re in the mood for a cup of tea, and you want it quick, usually prepackaged tea is the way to go. All you need to do is fire up the tea kettle and wait for your water to boil. From there, you just pour the water, and place the teabag in and wait a few minutes for the tea to drain from the bag and into the water.
Con: Teabags contain low grade tea.
Most teabags contain low grade tea. These teas are usually called the ‘broken ends’ or the ‘dust particles’ of the tea ingredients. Most companies find that it is cheaper to take these particles of the tea, instead of the whole tea ingredients. However, this is not true for all companies who sell prepackaged teas. This is usually for the more popular companies.
Pro: Prepackaged tea lasts longer than loose leaf teas.
Buying prepackaged tea is the more economically smart way to go. You get more than if you buy loose leaf tea. Prepackaged tea bags can last you longer, especially if you are an avid tea drinker. Most loose leaf teas are only good for one to two cups, when prepackaged tea bags come at least three to four in every box or container of tea you buy.
Con: The flavor of prepackaged tea can be lost if not used quickly.
This can be a pretty big issue for tea drinkers. You forget you have a box of tea bags, and you find them after a particularly stressful, or even chilly day. You go and take your first sip, and you find the flavor isn’t as strong as you like. In fact, it ends up tasting more just like hot water with a hint of tea seasonings. If you don’t use prepackaged teas within a specific time frame (the first week or two after buying), the tea can get a bit stale and lose its flavor.
Final pro: Can come in a variety box or container.
One of the best parts about prepackaged teas is that you can get them in a variety box or container. These usually come six in a box, and you get a different flavor for each tea, like Chamomile, Vanilla, Orange Chai, etc. This gives you more for your dollar than if you buy loose leaf tea. It’s also what is bought more than other prepackaged teas, especially in grocery stores.
Final con: The teas can end up tasting the same if they aren’t used quickly.
This tends to happen more than most would like. Our variety tea box ends up being a variety tea bag. After being in the container for so long with the other teas, the tea bag we choose can end up tasting like the others in the box. This happens usually when there isn’t a divider in the box to preserve the tea flavor we choose.
Tea drinkers, especially those who enjoy working with tea and having a fresh cup of tea daily, tend to choose loose leaf teas. You know what you’re getting when you buy this type of tea. But, we must as ourselves, what are the pros and cons of loose leaf teas?
Pro: Each cup of tea comes out super fresh.
The one thing we all want most when making a hot cup of tea is that our tea comes out tasting super fresh. When you buy loose leaf teas, you never have to worry about the freshness of the tea. In fact, every time you make a cup of loose leaf tea, it tastes as if it has come straight from the garden from the company you bought your tea from.
Con: The process of making loose leaf tea the first time can be tricky.
Though we all want a nice, fresh cup of tea, working with loose leaf tea can be a bit difficult the first time around. Many people who try the process of making a cup of loose leaf tea tend to get confused on what to do with the leaves, and it ends up with them giving up and going out to buy a box of prepackaged teas.
Pro: Loose leaf teas are always high grade teas.
The one thing you can count on when getting loose leaf teas is that it is always high grade. All loose leaf tea leaves comes straight from the gardens of where the company buys, or makes, their tea leaves. This is to ensure freshness and the utmost high grade for customers.
Con: Loose leaf tea tends to cost a little more than prepackaged teas.
Though loose leaf teas always remain super fresh, this can end up being a reason it costs a little more. Tea companies end up usually pricing their loose leaf teas higher than their prepackaged teas, due to the grade of tea and how fresh it comes out. This is a big reason many people tend to stick with prepackaged teas.
Final pro: Loose leaf teas can be stored for a while and still be good to drink.
Loose leaf teas can be stored in any tea container, and still keep its fresh taste. This is especially true if the tea is locked up in an air tight container, which preserves the loose leaf teas taste, and ensures the flavor will remain for a long period of time.
Final con: Although it can be stored, some loose leaf tea may lose its flavor.
Just like prepackaged teas, there are some types of loose leaf teas that can lose their flavor if they are left sitting for a while. It happens, even to the highest grade of tea leaves. That’s why it is always best to drink the tea you buy as soon as you buy it, and only store it for less than two weeks. You will always have a super fresh tasting cup of tea that way.
Both loose leaf and prepackaged teas have their advantages and disadvantages. It just depends on the person who is buying the tea. What will you choose, loose leaf or prepackaged tea? Decide which tea you like or want to try and have a nice, steaming cup of tea today!