Tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world, after water. But, despite a recent tea renaissance we are still using tea bags; the coffee equivalent of instant granules. First used in the 1800's to transport tea samples from China, tea bags were never intended to be used for brewing the nation’s favourite drink.
These days most tea bags are filled with low-grade fannings or dust; tea leaves that have been chopped, ground and reduced to within an inch of their life. The essential oils which give tea its wonderful flavour and medicinal benefits are left soaking into the chopping board.
Yes, the trusty tea bag has simplified tea making but in doing so we have lost the prowess of the loose leaf. We’re making better choices now when it comes to the things we eat and drink. It is now less about speed and convenience and more about provenance and quality. So maybe it's time we steep and strain instead of dunking and dashing.
But I suppose until you have tried a quality loose leaf tea, like the types we sell at BRUU, you won't know what you’re missing out on. But we’ll guarantee you this - your tea will taste a lot better when the ingredients are 100% natural and are left to infuse without the restrictions of a paper bag. And it isn't just taste that should encourage you to ditch your tea bag. For centuries tea has been drunk for its medicinal benefits thanks to the antioxidants many are packed with. So it stands to reason that the full potential of a loose leaf tea will be preferable to a tea bag containing dust any day.
I think it's time that as a nation of tea drinkers we should also be a land of tea lovers.
So ditch your tea bag today and experience gourmet tea as nature intended only at BRUU.