TEA BAGS: is convenience the killer of our taste buds and environment?
The pace of life for most of us means that we are finding ways to streamline daily activities to give us back a little more time to be busier! We are steadily losing patience to line up and wait for something. Our attention spans have now surpassed the goldfish at 7 seconds
It is of no surprise that the extra 5 min in our daily routine to find a teapot, teaspoon in some loose leaf, and wait for a brew has all but left our daily culture. Teabags now make up 96% of the tea consumed in the UK. And 45% of tea consumed in the Asia Pacific region. Is convenience the killer of our taste buds? And what effect is this convenience having on the environment?
Taste the difference!
Many large commercial tea companies use a lower grade tea in the Teabag. The finer broken leaves called “Fannings” or “dust” are used in tea bags because they provide a fast and strong brew to the tea. Not all Fannings are equal. Some come from the high-quality tea, others from low-quality tea. You will see this reflected in the price you pay.
We have opted for premium quality. Our teabags have our loose leaf delicately packed into a biodegradable pyramid teabag. There are no fannings of dust in our teabags. We have measured out the tea to make sure that you get the maximum flavour per cup. Overall, it could mean you are more economical with your portions when you use our teabags!
Teabag Shape and Size is important
There are many shapes and sizes to teabags. The most commonly known square and round teabags have been on the shelf for some time. However, it has been proven that the pyramid shape is an innovative design that far surpasses the design of its conventional paper teabag counterpart. The pyramid teabag shape allows the tea leaves to infuse much better. This is why we have opted for this shape for our high-grade, full-leaf tea.
Environmental Warning: Choose Carefully
You will hear the term “silky” and “mesh” used in the description of pyramid teabags. However, it's important to dig a little further to understand whether the pyramid teabag is a nylon derivative. Yes, it may look nice, but Nylon is plastic and these tea bags won't decompose in your compost or recycling! We have been careful to source corn-starch material that is biodegradable, which is better for your health and better for the environment.
A little more time to research may save your taste buds, health, environment and wallet. Of course, there is always the humble loose leaf if you are wanting to slow down and really enjoy the ritual of tea making!