I have received quite a few comments and emails from my post on The Crown and Planning Your Binge- all about tea (Odd given that I’ve posted about tea several times in the past and it’s never come up, but I’ll never give up a chance to talk about tea!). Some have said that you should only use a mug, others only a teapot. Some have said that loose leaf is too extravagant, while others have said that grocery store teas are worthless. My thoughts?
Tea bag vs Loose Tea?
In my post, I linked to both loose tea and tea bags. Specifically I linked to Twinings, as I understand that not everyone is a tea aficionado and that they won’t pay the price of loose leaf tea. I also get that not everyone understands tea or want to take the time to learn about it, and a cheap tea bag steeped for 2-3 minutes is easier than a pu’erh at 90.5 C with a 30 second steep, a flush, and then a second steep for 3-5 minutes. I believe that tea should be accessible and easy for everyone, no matter how much time you are willing to put into your tea! One last note: loose leaf tea might seem expensive, but when you do the math per cup, it’s typically not heinously expensive. Yes, it will be more than grocery store variety teas, but still not outrageous.
Teacup vs Teapot?
On the teapot vs cup, I am a fan of using a cup. (Disclaimer: all of my cups are only used for tea, never for coffee as it will leach into the porcelain.) I personally only have a large teapot and don’t like to limit myself to having the same blend 2-3 cups in a row. If you would like to make loose leaf tea in a cup, I would recommend a basket steeper! A basket steeper allows for larger teas to expand as much as necessary while not allowing smaller teas to slip through, all while still preserving the quality of loose leaf tea (rather than the dust and leavings found in most teabags). It also creates less waste in the long run, also helping the environment where we can! Final thought: cups with basket steepers allow me to make tea at work- a teapot is simply not feasible in my office.
TL;DR? Tea is for everyone, and we all have different preferences! Some are for a specific reason, and some are just because, but we are all allowed to feel that way. I am an oddity who greatly dislikes coffee and that is one of my quirks. Accept everyone for their tea habits, and share a cup with a smile 🙂