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Tea Bags vs. Loose tea leaves

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
I started to use loose tea recently, having previously always stuck to using tea bags, in the hope that it's a bit cheaper. Has anyone out there already done the maths on this one???
( i've found it much better for the compost heap, cos those little white bags seem to take at least 2 years to compost down!).
thanks

Do you use tea bags or tea leaves? 228 votes

Tea Bags
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Tea Leaves
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  • SystemSystem
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    I have tried using loose tea in the past and its worked out loads cheaper, however, i cant buy a tea strainer fine enough so that it doesnt leave a residue at the bottem of the cup. I dont use a tea pot though as we dont drink enough tea to warrant buying one.
  • QueenieQueenie Forumite
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    Judi wrote:
    I have tried using loose tea in the past and its worked out loads cheaper, however, i cant buy a tea strainer fine enough so that it doesnt leave a residue at the bottem of the cup. I dont use a tea pot though as we dont drink enough tea to warrant buying one.

    On the one occasion we were forced to stop at a motorway cafe, they served the tea with a plastic inner cup which held the tealeaves and you lifted it out when you'd got the required strength of brew - being the skinflint I am, I put ours into my bag ... everyone else threw them away!! If you know of anyone who uses motorway cafes, might be worth asking them to keep an eye out for them for you?

    Trouble is, the residue will happen whatever you do because of any fine 'dust' from the leaves. Hence, "dregs" - great for tipping into your houseplants though :D
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  • MagentasueMagentasue Forumite
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    I only use tea leaves - if it's just me I have a little gadget like a pair of tongs that you put the tea in and use in a cup. My teapot was half price in Sainsburys and has a lift out section for the tea. Both ways leave some tea in the cup but I just leave the last bit. I prefer loose tea - I mix a pack of Earl Grey with a pack of Assam. Even if it cost more, I'd continue - can only be fraction of penny, can't it?
  • Ted_HutchinsonTed_Hutchinson
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    Treat yourself to a little teapot and let it brew properly before you pour it out. You get a much better cup of tea and for Green Tea it's half the price that is comparing Clipper loose Green tea with Green tea bags.
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  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    I use teabags...I make a big pot brew to the right favour and then take the bags out. I can then pour myself a cup during the day and heat it up in the microwave.
    It sounds worse than it atually is!!! really!

    I get about 6 or 7 cups out of 2 teabags!

    Does this make me a proper money saver or just a real tight !!!!!!?
  • MagentasueMagentasue Forumite
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    FrankieM - do you work at Asda? I had a cup of tea in there once, could have been the same as yours.
  • THIRZAHTHIRZAH Forumite
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    I use both- bags are ok for a quick single cuppa but prefer leaf tea.
    Has anyone else noticed that typhoo leaf tea seems to have vanished from the shops or is it just my local shops?
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    I am very lucky that we all like our tea very very light, so we reuse the same teabag two or three times. We drink a lot of roiboosch (red tea) which is supposed to be reused apparently, but we do the same with regular tea. It does not work very well with herbal teas because the teabags are calibrated to to only 1 cup and after the first teapot they lose the flavour.

    Because I like tea so very light, I think that leaf tea would be a waste for me!

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    FrankieM wrote:
    Does this make me a proper money saver or just a real tight !!!!!!?

    They are the same thing really :rotfl:
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  • JolaaledJolaaled Forumite
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    wow..i thought i was just about the last person on the planet still using tealeaves! looks like most of you think it is cheaper than tea bags..i'll carry on for a while and see what i save. I haven't seen pg tips loose tea, but i just use tesco's own brand.
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