How do you brew loose leaf tea?
Intimidated by how to make loose leaf tea? Don't be!
Loose leaf tea is just whole tea leaves, generally not in a tea bag.
On the left, you'll see loose leaf tea, and on the right you'll see tea from a tea bag.
It's easy to brew loose leaf tea. All you'll need is an infuser. There are a lot of different types--just google "tea infuser" to find one. Here's an example:
Put the tea infuser in your cup of choice and follow the instructions on the tea package to brew.
For example, to brew Rainforest Green tea, use a tablespoon or so of tea--depending on how strong you like it. Set water to boil on the stove and before it's too hot (about 140 degrees, but you can experiment!), pour it over the tea leaves. Leave it for 3-5 minutes and enjoy!
Why Loose Leaf tea?
Quality and Taste
Loose leaf tea is of higher quality and superior taste to the ground up stuff, which is the lowest quality tea.
Environmental and Health Benefits
Loose leaf tea is better for the environment and for your body. Many commercial tea bags are made of plastic.
According to a 2019 study, "Steeping a single plastic teabag at brewing temperature (95 °C) releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup of the beverage."
How about so-called eco-friendly paper tea bags?
They might be better--but paper making itself is a chemical intensive process.