May 11th, 2022 - Written by Katy L.
We could give you many more than five reasons why you should choose a reusable glass tea infuser leaf over tea bags. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve already made the move or are considering it. But first, let’s look at our rivals.v
The Ubiquitous Tea Bag
Since the middle of the 20th century most people in the West have made their tea from tea bags. Those bags are cheap, tidy, and convenient. And you always know what you’re getting, or think you do (the flavor’s on the label, right?). Perhaps you’ve one box at the back of your kitchen shelf that’s been there since the dawn of time. At a pinch, you’ll take a few bags from that - maybe for a visitor who just called by - and fling them in the garbage when you’re done (the bags, not the visitor). No ceremony then. Just regular, boring, dependable tea. A quality tea infuser is the way to go.
The Precious Loose Leaf
Loose leaf teas call to mind more ancient, ritualistic times. They might even convey a certain aura of magic and mystery. After all, you won’t find many people trying to read a tea bag. But for some, they also carry associations of preciousness and over-refinement. And they’re rather more expensive. Plus those leaves look kinda weird. And you secretly fear they’ll taste strange, and brew much too strong. Do you really need the fuss?
About Those 5 Reasons
At a glance, that’s how tea bags and loose leaf teas stack up - average Joe vs something more exotic and demanding. But when we walk through the five reasons that perspective starts to shift. So, here’s why you should start using a tea infuser today and ditch those soggy tea bags!
1. Tea Strength: you are in Control
Tea bags don’t give you a lot of options when it comes to strength. You can leave the bag in for a bit longer or throw in an extra one for a bigger or darker brew, but that’s about it. And then there’s the sad sight of those bags sitting on the washboard or on a saucer. Deflating.
A glass infuser and loose leaves allow you much more control. To keep a brew going you can add a few more leaves to the ones you’ve already got going. And you’ll need far fewer of them to get that rich, deep flavor. Over time, you’ll know precisely how many to add - and when - to get the strength you desire. With a quality tea infuser you will be able to do that!
2. Enough Plastic! Choose Reusable
That’s right, plastic - the stuff we’re supposed to be reducing - is still used in the vast majority of tea bags. The edges of regular bags are often sealed with plastic, but those fancy ‘silky’ mesh numbers are entirely made up of nylon or polyester. So If that’s your preferred option, congratulations - you’ve been brewing through the world’s smallest pantyhose!
There’s much more we could say about just how bad these things are for the environment. For instance, you should never put mesh or even conventional tea bags in a home compost bin, because they won’t fully compost. But that could fill up a whole post… like the plastics filling our entire world. So just don’t. Use loose leaves instead. They’re fully compostable and come without the redundant packaging. Need we add more? Reusable tea infusers are the best way to solve this issue!
With loose leaf tea you really see and feel the leaves, and smell them too. You can easily distinguish the difference between whole and partially cut leaves and buds. There’s a connection with the natural world - the color, textures, and the individual leaf varieties. Everything is fresher and more present. With loose leaves, there’s really nowhere to hide. If it’s a trusted artisanal brand you’ll know it will be the finest selection, and nothing but. A fine glass tea infuser will allow you to enjoy every bit of your tea leaves.
3. Variety and Freshness of Loose Leaves
Much of the effort that goes into preparing loose leaf teas is about harnessing their freshness. This is what first-time tasters often comment upon - the naturalness and clarity of the flavor, as though their senses had suddenly been awakened. As you’ll have guessed, this is no accident. Great pains are taken by the finest producers to ensure that that distinctive freshness is preserved. Each has their own way of doing things. Our teas use food-grade nitrogen packaging to ensure that they reach you precisely as they’ve left our makers.
We love the extraordinary range and variety of loose leaf teas that are now available. Take your pick from the basic categories of Black tea, White tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, Herbal tea and Pu’er tea, and then explore. From the rich and slightly floral aroma of a classic Darjeeling to the refined elegance of the finest Silver Needle tea, to our own innovatively post-fermented Pu'er Yamabuki Nadeshiko, there’s a loose leaf tea out there with your name on it. The search begins…
4. It just Tastes so much Better
Fundamentally it’s about taste, and aroma too. Loose leaf teas possess a depth, strength, richness, subtlety, complexity, freshness, delicacy, sophistication, and purity that leaves the main alternative (which we won’t mention) far, far behind.
All that, you say - really? Yes, really.
Just try a traditional loose leaf mountain Sencha and savor the perfect balance of unami and astringency, or the slight floral green tea taste of our Kamairicha, and you’ll have sampled only two of the many classic blends from Japan alone. But why such a big difference in taste? Let’s start by looking at the quality of the ingredients.
With loose leaves you’re getting whole or partially cut leaves, or maybe buds. And already that can have a profound impact on the taste. Greater quantities of natural oils will be present in the leaves so both the flavors and the aromas will begin to sing and soar. And more valuable antioxidants will also be retained. Of course, it’s likely that those loose leaves will have been harvested at just the right time and then selected with considerable care. But quality doesn’t stop with the core materials, it continues with how they’re prepared and processed.
A glass tea infuser lets you capture all this rainbow of flavors and your taste buds will thank you for that.
5. Begin Your Journey
Enjoying your favorite tea on a hike is one of life’s little pleasures. However, tea bags take up a surprising amount of space, and once they’re used, you’ll have to take those sodden little bags all the way back with you (remember, most aren’t compostable).
Loose leaves are far handier. You can bring exactly the amount you need, filter them to your preferred strength with a portable Ukiyo Sense Infuser, and keep on with your journey. And if you do have to change the leaves, disposal won’t be a problem, even in the great outdoors. So we think it’s about time to ditch those bags (responsibly, of course). Go loose for a change. You won’t go back.
Jenny embraces reusability and enjoys the health benefits of loose leaf organic tea
"I used to be a heavy coffee drinker, 4 to 6 cups a day. I had built up a strong dependency from it, with horrible migraines everytime I missed my 'shot' at that specific time of the day!.
I've come to learn that organic green tea has amazing benefits for my health, including brain function improvements and a massive amount of antioxidants - all this with a much lower amount of caffeine than coffee... so I just went for it and I couldn't be happier.
I used to buy tea bags but then I tried to brew loose leaf tea and it's night and day: the quality, the flavor, the diversity is just mind-blowing... I'm also excited to achieve zero waste as I'm using Ukiyo Sense as my portable tea infuser. I use it daily and I absolutely love my tea making time. It's my new 'me time'."
Bought Ukiyo Sense on February 5th, 2022
20,000+ HAPPY TEA LOVERS - Rated 4.8 ★★★★★
"Fantastic infuser... Tried another one of Amazon before, but quality was awful and broke instantly. The Ukiyo one is great quality, you can feel it straight out of the box. Highly recommended."
"I use it almost every day, definitely my go to for naked teas, it's very easy to resteep the existing leaves."
"I absolutely love this tea infuser! It was a gift from my hubby and is perfect for fresh, loose tea on the go. The included tea cozy keeps the tea nice and warm. [...] Fantastic product."
To start brewing real tea you need the right tools! Choose a portable glass quality infuser and a few loose leaf organic teas - you won't go back!