Loose leaf tea vs tea bag

Many say making tea with tea bag is much quicker / easier than loose leaf tea. Is that true.? If you are time poor, which tea should you drink?

Firstly what is the difference between leaf tea and tea bag:

teabag content vs leaf teaLeaf tea is usually full leaf or cut but still in fairly recognisable shape – ie you can tell a piece of green tea leaf from a piece of peppermint.
Tea bag is usually made of very cut up botanicals. So a piece of green tea leaf probably looks like a piece of peppermint, as the pieces are too small to tell what they are.
Leaf tea is less cut and process, so it retails more of the subtle characters of the tea – aroma.
Tea bag goes through more processes, so it is cut small enough to go into the tea bagging machine to be inserted into a tea bag. These steps could only mean the tea is less aromatic.
Leaf tea retains more of the original tea flavour.
Tea bag tea has more surface area touching water, as the water is poured in and hits the teabags. So, teabag tea is usually stronger but due to above mentioned processes, the tea flavour is usually lessened.

But what about convenience?

We are all very busy. Who has time to make a cup of tea with leaf tea?
I often say when you feel you have no time for a good cup of tea, that’s EXACTLY THE TIME YOU NEED ONE.
And more importantly, it doesn’t take longer to make compared to using tea bag.
Don’t believe me? Check out this video and see for yourself, see how we debunk the myth that tea bag is quicker than leaf tea.

In the above video – meet the tea family 😉
ATHENA: Some people think that tea bags are quicker to make than leaf tea

OLIVIA: Today, Im going to make tea made of tea bag – it will be a lot quicker to make it

ATHENA: i am gonna make leaf tea

(They both start making their tea)

Both: Hot water please

Both: we will be back in a few minutes when the tea is ready.

ATHENA: I made you a cup of tea, daddy. I hope you like it

PETER: Thank you

OLIVIA: Made you a cup of tea for you, daddy

PETER: sips on both tea glass

PETER: can i have some milk please

ATHENA: yes, sure

ATHENA kid pours it

PETER: Thank you

OLIVIA: hands the milk to the younger kid

PETER: Can i have some milk in that cup too?

OLIVIA: yes, sure

PETER: Thank you

PETER drinks both and try to savor the taste

PETER: you both made a wonderful cup of tea- Both of you. I really like what you guys made. My preference is for this one (from the older kid). How did you make this?

ATHENA: i made it using leaf tea

PETER: how did you make?

OLIVIA: I made this with tea bags

PETER: good, umm in terms of strength like really strong. This one is stronger (tea bag tea) but in terms of aroma and taste, this one (leaf tea) is the most pleasant one to drink. This one i prefer to have more often (leaf tea)…Thank you- but i like yours too (the one made by the younger kid)  it is very nicely made. Thank you Olivia

Salina Hainzl Salina Hainzl (108 Posts)

Salina is a little tea crazy. Her first drink experiment was a green orange juice that she gave to his brother when she was 12. No sibling was harmed in the process, and though she failed chemistry as a school subject, she continues to love food and spend lots of time tea mixing.