Everyday, at some point, I will have a cup of tea. When the weather is cold, it will happen first thing in the morning. When writing, there is usually a cup at my side, one that always grows cold before I manage to finish it. Occasionally I will make a cup late in the afternoon. It was during one of those late afternoon brews that I had a bit of a nausea. Pulling the little tea bag out of my cup I wondered for the first time what that bag was made from. It looks like fabric, but is most likely plastic. EW! Hot plastic in my tea?! I decided then and there that is was time to switch to loose tea and an infuser.
I used infusers many years ago, but got lazy about my brewing habits (aka as having four children), and found some bagged teas that I liked just fine. But the sight of that bit of probably plastic bobbing around in my cup has snapped me back to the land of loose tea. Lucky for me, there is not one, but two tea shops down the hill, and I marched right over to see what they had for me.
Camomile is my go to, and the bags I had been using contained nothing more than a fine powder.
Now I make a cup using actual flowers. So pretty!
Same thing for the White Pear tea that made me question the whole tea bag concept.
I am using an infuser similar to this one. Works great in a mug or a pot. My only problem now is traveling. When I travel I always pack tea bags, but traveling with loose tea is going to require a bit more thought. Do you travel with tea? Please share your strategy.