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Results: Do you use tea bags or tea leaves?

Tea Bags

70.39% • 145 votes

Tea Leaves

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  • FIRST POST
    • Jolaaled
    • By Jolaaled 9th Apr 05, 7:29 AM
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    Tea Bags vs. Loose tea leaves
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    • 9th Apr 05, 7:29 AM
    Tea Bags vs. Loose tea leaves 9th Apr 05 at 7:29 AM
    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
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    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 19th Apr 13, 3:43 PM
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    Blackbeard of Perranporth
    Has to be loose, ruff cut tea. Our Tea pot has a built in strainer.

    Our tea comes from specialist supplier, where they sweep up the dust and put these into little bags with string on them. These are then sold in emporiums to the sheeple. Tea bags to the Sheeple

    If tea was meant to be in a bag and tea white, Cows would waltz around the plantations and the leaves would be covered in paper.
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    • CupOfChai
    • By CupOfChai 19th Apr 13, 3:50 PM
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    I need to get an infuser! I have both teabags in various kinds and loose leaves in other various kinds. At the minute if I decide I want one of the loose leaf teas I just make a big pot and sit having cup after cup of tea all afternoon. I like it, but it's a !!!!!! scooping the leaves out of the pot afterwards. If I had an infuser I could just make myself one cup and would use my leaves more often. I do however lurve my spotty teapot too.
    • Leaporlepor
    • By Leaporlepor 20th Apr 13, 9:45 PM
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    Reading this makes me want a cup of tea. lol
    • Angelina-M
    • By Angelina-M 6th Aug 13, 9:04 PM
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    Hi guys.

    I stopped smoking and instead find myself getting addicted to a really good cup of tea.... well its gotta to be better for me!

    I've bought a nice tea pot with a strainer and i'm working my way through different loose teas. I'm enjoying the Waitrose everyday stuff at the moment and Yorkshire Gold is good too but is there one that is a bit special that I can buy to treat myself? It will still be cheaper than 20 cigarettes!

    I don't go for anything fancy, just plain old black tea. Mind you I have to cut down on my two heaped spoons of sugar... got a telling off from the dentist today!
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    • Betty Espinoza
    • By Betty Espinoza 28th Oct 15, 10:32 AM
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    tea leaf strainer
    i have bought a Loose Tea Leaf Strainer from getone,only $9.99usd,i like it and recommended fo my friends.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 28th Oct 15, 11:21 AM
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    Where does everybody buy their loose leaf tea? I do miss a real old fashioned tea caddy full of tea...
    • THIRZAH
    • By THIRZAH 28th Oct 15, 11:34 AM
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    THIRZAH
    We like Typhoo leaf tea but it seems to quite hard to find these days. Morrisons sometimes have it but we don't have a Morrisons nearby.

    Otherwise we use Yorkshire tea-the gold one-from Tesco.
    • C J
    • By C J 28th Oct 15, 12:16 PM
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    I've bought a nice tea pot with a strainer and i'm working my way through different loose teas. I'm enjoying the Waitrose everyday stuff at the moment and Yorkshire Gold is good too but is there one that is a bit special that I can buy to treat myself?

    I buy loose-leaf tea from a specialist tea and coffee shop in Oxford's covered market. Ludicrously expensive, but it's a lovely special treat every now and again. I think they do mail order too : http://www.cardewoxford.co.uk/
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    • jinny
    • By jinny 28th Oct 15, 2:17 PM
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    jinny
    Twinnings Assam is my favourite
    and English breakfast

    I bought a large nylon strainer for a teapot at
    Whittards of Chelsea they have a website
    But have shops in most towns

    I can actually taste the paper in tea bags and there is a
    Film on the top of the teacup
    Last edited by jinny; 28-10-2015 at 2:22 PM.
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    • marleyboy
    • By marleyboy 28th Oct 15, 2:21 PM
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    Grew up with loose tea. I could not wait to be old enough to buy my own tea. I have never looked back since sticking with the T-bag and never would.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 28th Oct 15, 5:20 PM
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    Where does everybody buy their loose leaf tea? I do miss a real old fashioned tea caddy full of tea...
    Originally posted by mardatha
    We usually buy our tea in Morries - English Breakfast and Earl Grey. T£sco also do loose-leaf Earl Grey in their Finest range. I think both shops also stock Tw!nings, but it's more expensive than own-brand.
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    • jinny
    • By jinny 28th Oct 15, 6:03 PM
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    jinny
    Yes Twinnings is more expensive
    Although sometimes on offer at morries
    I'm the only tea drinker in the house
    So Twinnings is my treat.
    Morries range is ok as well
    I'm using their Assam at the mo as hard up
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    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 7th Mar 18, 7:44 AM
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    Why has this thread just seemingly randomly reappeared when the last post was in 2015??
    • richj
    • By richj 7th Mar 18, 8:19 AM
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    don't know, but can anyone recommend some good value loose tea in the UK?
    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 7th Mar 18, 8:58 AM
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    don't know, but can anyone recommend some good value loose tea in the UK?
    Originally posted by richj
    Define value!

    I get my tea from (perversely) The Algerian Coffee Stores in London and pay between £7 & £10 per 125 grams. I sometimes splash out and go for someting special at maybe £15. Am very satisfied with the quality and price although I suspect there is a premium for it being a central London retailer.
    • Nelliegrace
    • By Nelliegrace 7th Mar 18, 9:56 AM
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    Sainsbury's and Waitrose both have a range of loose leaf tea at around £1.50, I like the Kenyan and the Assam. (At Sainsbury's it is in the tea bag section) They both stock Yorkshire loose leaf teas and good own label teas and Clipper loose leaf green tea. M&S own brand loose teas have a lovely flavour. TKMaxx sometimes have Whittards and Williamson's teas at discounted price. Tesco sell Brook Bond, "Taj Mahal" loose leaf tea in their overseas foods aisle.
    We drink a lot of tea. The taste is affected by the water in your area, so you may have to try several teas to find the one you like.
    We refill the teapot several times, keeping it hot with a tea cosy. Tea needs to brew for a few minutes to get the full flavour and health benefits. You can strain the tea into a jug to stop it becoming stewed and bitter, and it reheats perfectly in the microwave, so your pot of loose leaf tea can last economically all day. We stock up when there is a special offer on tea because it keeps for years.

    Denby Teapots have a non-drip spout. You can find them on e-Bay at reasonable prices. Charity shops sell tea pots, you could take some water and test how they pour.

    Tea bags, better than nothing, but the scum looks revolting and the tea tastes of paper.
    Last edited by Nelliegrace; 07-03-2018 at 10:05 AM.
    • frankennsteiny
    • By frankennsteiny 7th Mar 18, 10:18 AM
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    Why has this thread just seemingly randomly reappeared when the last post was in 2015??
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    Because it was on the mse email.

    I prefer loose tea but do use both loose and tea bags. I have a China teapot bought from H Samuels. I drink the Ahmad loose breakfast tea which I bought off amazon when they were selling 12 tins for £6 on subscribe & save so stocked up on quite a few tins.
    I have an outlet Whittards shop close by which I pop into from time to time to see what they have on offer.
    My favourite tea that I have tried though was Fortnum & Masons Assam which I received in a hamper that I won.
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    • CapricornLass
    • By CapricornLass 7th Mar 18, 9:23 PM
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    We tend to use teabags most of the time for convenience, but OH and I both prefer the taste of proper leaf tea. We are seriously thinking of using leaf tea more

    Strangely enough, I got given some of Fortnum and Mason's Royal Blend leaf tea as a Christmas/Birthday present, and we're thinking of treating ourselves to some more as we are both enjoying it so much.
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    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 8th Mar 18, 6:11 PM
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    Pound shops and places like Poundstretcher can be occasional sources of good value loose tea. Recently Poundstretcher has had loads of Typhoo loose tea, and about a year ago Poundland had Barrie's.
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