Why You Should NEVER Drink From Tea Bags 😝

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Fresh Loose Leaf Tea Vs Tea Bags?

Loose leaf teas or tea bags? I know which I prefer. And I’m sure you do, too.
But there's a huge chance you may not know why tea bags are the worst kind of tea to be drinking. 

Loose Leaf Teas

These teas offer far more superior tea quality than tea bags and are the number one reason to drink loose leaf tea over tea bags. Even low-quality loose leaves offer a better taste and aroma coupled with nutrients than any standard tea bag.

If you are used to drinking tea from bags, then you will be astounded by the difference. Having whole leaf uninjured (or large portions of the leaf at least) ends with the full flavor and aroma profile of the tea to be released. They also retain the essential oils that are released into your cup.

Most loose leaf tea (apart from the cheapest ones that are mostly blends) consist of the same type of leaves. For example, you buy a Selim Hill green tea, you only get Selim Hill green tea leaves and not a mix of the different types of tea leaves which is often the case with tea bags. As a result, you get to taste the unique flavor profile of one single type of tea.


Tea bags

Discovered by a New York tea merchant Thomas Sullivan by accident during the early 1900s, the Tea Bags turned out to be a tea-riffic discovery for tea fanatics all around the world.

Teas were now easier to prepare but the taste was often a hit or miss. Teabags were also a lot cheaper and easily available to the masses.

However, tea bags constrain the tea leaves from expanding to their full flavor and aroma potential. The quality is also an issue as most tea bags are packed with the residual tea dust and fannings from extremely low quality leaves.

The tiny tea particles in tea bags lack most of the essential oils and aroma that larger leaves have therefore missing out on both nutrients and flavor. When brewed, they also release more tannins which leads to more tartness.

As a result of lacking most of the essential oils and nutrients, tea bags are a lot less healthy and if you are drinking tea for its health benefits, you might wanna opt for loose leaf teas instead.

Often bagged in bleached paper material, some tea bags contain chemicals that can leech into your tea. Even without chemicals, these tea bags tend to give a paper-like flavour and taste. Some tea bags also have the string stapled to the bag, therefore, giving the tea a slightly metallic taste. Also, tea bags are made for one-time use and also lack the freshness of loose leaf tea.

Not only the health, but these tea bags also have an impact on the environment as the disposing of the tea bags and the metal staple will impact the environment negatively. Some premium tea bags are now biodegradable and that goes a long way towards reducing the environmental impact.

Although the new tea bags fix these problems, it still lacks significantly behind behind loose leaf tea.


If you are a serious tea drinker, you need to be drinking loose leaf teas over bagged varieties and avoid tea bags whenever you can.

If you want to drink tea, but want it to be a simple as possible, bags make sense. But if you want to enjoy the full flavour profile of tea and also the full health benefits, you need to get loose tea leaves.