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Video:Teabags Vs. Loose Leaf Tea

with Elisa Pupko

Tea bags and loose leaf tea both have their pros and cons. Watch this About.com video to see the basic differences.See Transcript

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Transcript:Teabags Vs. Loose Leaf Tea

I’m Elisa Pupko for About.com here to talk to you about tea bags versus loose-leaf tea. 

Loose Leaf Tea Basics

Loose-leaf tea is tea that is not brewed in a teabag. When you steep loose-leaf tea, it has room for the tealeaves to absorb water and expand as they infuse. This allows the water to flow through the leaves and extract a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavors and aromas for the leaves.  Loose-leaf tea is great because it gives you a stronger flavor and you have more control over the amount of tea you’re using, however, more equipment is required, making it more labor intensive. 

Teabag Basics

Teabags are great because they’re convenient and easy to use, however they will cause you tea to lack its full flavor.  When you steep tea in a teabag, its infusion is limited by the size of the teabag.  Because the leaves are not free to move around, the full flavor of the tea is limited.  Both types of tea are available in various flavors and types.  So those are some differences between teabags and loose-leaf tea. I encourage you to give both a try and see what works best for you. 

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