I recently attended a tea bag tasting, as you may have realized from my article about how to do so. I found it interesting that I was the only tea blogger to attend. The other bloggers were more general foodies. Now, I did not have access to the invitation list. But I had a theory that perhaps some tea bloggers considered themselves above this company, a humble company with tea bags on grocery store shelves. But I call on tea people to not neglect such brands. For example, Stash, available in the English Tea Store. Or Taylor’s of Harrogate. I think people should not get so caught up in loose leaf tea, or even in fancy whole leaf tea bags.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love loose leaf tea, and when I am home, I hardly ever use a tea bag. And I do try to find high quality teas. On the other hand, at the risk of losing my street cred as a tea blogger, I don’t turn up my nose at tea bags either. I look for flavorful teas that are pleasing to drink. End of criteria.
I’m not suggesting that people drink whatever they can find. There are certain prevalent American brands of tea that I never drink. And I would never go for grocery store-brand tea. I’m just suggesting that tea doesn’t always have to break the bank or be complicated. It can come in a box of tea bags with no pretentions. Stash is a great example. Their green tea is very traditional, and they do a great job of packaging. On a scale of 0-10 of effectiveness, their wrappers are rated 10 for keeping tea fresh. The president of a competing tea company told me that at Stash, “They are tea people. I have a lot of respect for what they do.” What an endorsement! Taylor’s of Harrogate doesn’t individually wrap their teas, but don’t let that turn you off. Their customer base, largely British, goes through a box of tea far more quickly than the American customer. The emphasis for Taylor’s is quality of what’s in the box instead of the quality of the packaging.
So go ahead, use that tea bag, and be proud!
Get more advice on drinking tea by reading Stephanie’s blog, The Tea Scoop!
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