Matcha vs Dust-in-a-Teabag

Someone asked the other day why dust in a bag is considered bad but powdered matcha is considered good, even premium. In other words, if whole or broken leaves are supposed to be better, why is matcha an exception? Great question, and one to which I flippantly answered: “Marketing and tradition!” Well, that question deserves …

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Mixing Loose Tea and Teabag Teas

When blending teas, I sometimes end up doing the unthinkable: mixing loose tea and teabag teas. Yes, you heard me correctly. Despite the eyebrows that this might raise from some loose tea devotees, I find that it can actually be a very practical approach when my options are limited. But before I go any further, …

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Bagged Tea

“Bagged tea is low quality.” “Tea in bags is the worst.” “Tea bags are disgusting. I wouldn’t drink the bilge steeped from them.” You’ve heard such statements, I’m sure, from the “tea snobs” among us. I have said such things myself. Tea is bagged to meet customer demand. People want the convenience, and I can’t …

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Making the Switch from Bagged to Loose Tea

Many of us tea drinkers start out with the proverbial tea bag and a mug of hot water when we make our first forays into drinking tea. Often, this is due to influences at home or from other tea drinkers. Mainly, it is a result of the extreme popularity of tea bags as a convenient …

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Sac-It-To-Me with Tea Sacks

Forget infusers and pre-bagged teas — tea sacks make a great alternative. Loose and free in the teapot can produce the best tasting tea, but even this tea lover knows there are times when that just isn’t practical. Thank goodness for innovative minds. Many of you may be too young to remember “Sock it to …

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Have Bagged Teas Gotten a Bad Rap?

I’m starting to think that bagged teas have gotten a bad rap (or maybe just a bad “wrap”). Generally speaking, tea in bags aren’t a staple item in my tea pantry. As one who lives the “tea life,” bagged tea is not to me what tea is all about. Hubby and I are the types …

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