Britain’s love affair with tea is not likely to be a surprise to most people. With 100 million cups of tea drunk daily we rank fourth in the world for tea consumption. The UK Tea and Infusion Association has recently estimated that up to 96% of this daily tea is brewed with the humble teabag, clearly demonstrating that it is the nation’s go to option for a quick brew.

Living in a world where convenience is essential, it is perhaps no shock that the public is drawn to the quick and simple tea bag. But with research continually demonstrating the benefits of whole tea, and producers of loosely brewed tea making it more accessible than ever, the high percentage of tea bag brewing might suggest that it is time to question our well-forged habits and consider swapping out the tea bag for the greater brewing benefits of alternative options like loose leaf tea.

The most commonly available tea-bag brewed teas in supermarkets are often created using the fannings and dust left over from tea leaf processing. Mass production also leads to standardisation, with tea bag manufacturers settling on accepted flavours and blends, and sacrificing freshness before the teabags have reached the supermarket shelves, and denying the consumer the ability to experience new blends.

Loosely sold tea leaves on the other hand are more likely to be fresh, and when the loose leaves are steeped in water, they are able to impart a greater range of their minerals, vitamins, aromas and flavours, resulting in a better taste and the retention of the tea’s natural health properties.

Loose tea also gives the drinker more control over the composition of their tea, opening up the now familiar and habitual morning brew to a new world of possible blends and flavours. On top of this loosely sold tea is often fresher than its bagged counterpart and offers a wealth of health benefits over the nations’ preferred tea bag.

Loose leaf tea is high in antioxidants to help us feel and look better, and with recent science suggesting that green teas can even play a role in lowering cholesterol. A combination of fresh wholesome sources and tea’s natural healthy properties come together to form an attractive package.

An additional benefit to be gained from ditching the teabag to buy loose tea is the reduced amount of packaging. Commonly regular teabags are non-compostable, and come in layers of needless wrapping. By eradicating disposable teabags loosely brewed tea can be thrown straight onto the compost to quickly biodegrade. So next time, before habitually reaching for the tea bags, consider changing up your routine to make space for the new and greater benefits of loose leaf brewing, joining a small but growing number of tea drinkers maximising the benefits of their morning tea.

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