May 23, 2021

What are the benefits of loose leaf tea vs teabags?

By Tabassum Awan
Loose leaf tea emerging from a strainer on a grey surface

It is fascinating how many people are still unaware of the microplastics contained in most teabags. While many brands are now using biodegradable teabags, many are far from doing this switch. Teabags are quick, convenient, and straightforward, but loose leaf tea is 100% natural, unprocessed, and contains many health properties and antioxidants. This article shares some of the physical benefits and, more importantly, the sensual, mindful aspects of brewing loose leaf tea. 

Teabags hanging down against a gloomy dark background

At Pink Tea Cafe, we love loose leaf tea not only because it's a plastic-free solution but also because of its physical nature; It can capture the entire essence of tea without it needing alteration to fit inside a teabag. When you brew loose leaf tea, it has room for the leaves to absorb water and expand as they infuse, enabling minerals, vitamins, aromas, and oils to be extracted more easily. The size of the teabag limits Tea inside a teabag, and the industry adopted by filling teabags with smaller particles of tea as opposed to whole leaves. The surface area increases as well as the speed of infusion. It is typical of our 'instant gratification and convenience attitude!
Teabags began dominating the industry around the 1950s. Recently, pyramid bags and other larger bags have enabled leaves to expand more and thus create a better brew. Despite these innovations, many tea connoisseurs still prefer loose leaf tea. This is because the essence of tea drinking is not limited to consuming the beverage itself. It is a ritual, an experience that one finds themself enjoying at the moment. We believe that our life is a string of moments and actions. Take a snapshot of the moment you brew your loose leaf tea, and you realize it is a wondrous multisensory experience that can bring you back to the present. No matter how small, moments like these enable us to transcend our circumstances—the actions, the aromas, the aesthetics, the sound of pouring and, of course, the gratifying taste.

A white teapot and loose leaf tea displayed in a ritual ceremony style

Are you switching to loose leaf tea now?
If you don't know where to start or are overwhelmed by the choices, or don't know your preferences, feel free to reach out to us at, where we can book you for a complimentary 15min consultation call. By understanding your current 'go-to' teabags, we can match those with flavour profiles in our loose leaf range. You will never look at teabags the same way again!

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