Tea bag or no tea bag?
Posted in Nourishment for the Body » Drink It on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Tea Bag or No Tea Bag?

 

 

Tea bags earn convenience points, but when it comes to flavor, loose-leaf wins.  That’s because tea leaves, which are compressed into tiny balls during processing, need room to unfurl and release their aromatic compounds into the water.  With pre-bagged tea, the leaves are inhibited and can’t expand fully, says Elyse Petersen, founder of Tealet, an online farmer’s market for small tea producers.

All types of tea come in loose form, and brewing the leaves is simple:   Just put them in your mug or cup and pour hot water on top (six ounces of water per teaspoon of tea), letting the leaves sink to the bottom as they steep.  Check the package for water temp and timing instructions, since each variety has a unique perfection point.  Take care not to overbrew – it can turn tea bitter – then strain and enjoy.  If filtering is a pain, go for a gravity infuser for a debris-free cup.

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