If your idea of a good cup of tea starts with plain tea bags from the grocery store, you are likely missing out on truly superior tea.
Before I explain why loose tea is better, I just want to let you know that I am mainly talking about generic supermarket tea bags. There are some excellent bagged teas out there, made up of whole tea leaves. Quality tea merchants often carry bags as well as loose.
The main difference between loose teas and bagged teas is the size of the leaves. That’s what effects the resulting cup of tea. Tea leaves contain chemicals and essential oils, which are the basis for the delightful flavour of tea.
All varieties of tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but the processing makes a world of difference. Black teas are harvested, dried and well fermented to give them their distinctive flavours. These are the finest black teas you can find which might make it easier next time you are at the store shopping for tea.
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By Terri Paajanen
Green teas have undergone less processing than black teas, and have a much lighter flavour. The health benefits of green tea are seemingly endless. Since the leaves are not fermented, the taste is pleasantly fresh and herbal. You should never brew green teas in fully boiling water or you can destroy the delicate taste.