Not related to the title but a couple of great posts I have read in recent days:
A Home Blessing on Taking Time
On cleaning tools on Like Mother, Like Daughter
A poem on Beauty that Moves
Back to the title now....I have been reading Paul Lonergan's Little Book of Thrift. He has something interesting to say regarding tea (p. 36)..........
The main difference between loose teas and bagged teas is the size ofthe leaves. The bigger the leaf, the better chance the essential oils and flavours have of coming out. Tea needs lots of room to expand and swirl in order to get the best flavours out of the leaf, so by definition, a loose tea is superior. Typical budget tea bags are filled with the tiniest pieces of broken leaves, called fannings.
I far prefer loose leaf tea, and though it only works out marginally cheaper than pre-bagged tea, I think the flavour and fun of going to a tea shop and picking my tea makes it worthwhile.
Cup of tea, anyone?