Tea gurus will tell you that loose leaf tea is best because the large tea leaves have room to expand in the pot releasing all of the plant's true flavor (depending on your tea's grade, the taste will vary). But what do you do when you're in a rush or just can't tell the difference between the taste? Choose a bagged tea of course!
Here are some of my favorites right now:
Celestial Seasonings - Sleepytime Vanilla Herbal Tea
Pros: A flavorful tea with a sweet aroma, it's herbal so there is no caffeine, no individual packaging to throw out, and it makes about 4 cups if you prefer your tea very light like I do.
Cons: It's not certified organic or fair trade, the bag consists mostly of dust & fannings so flavor might vary, and it's not sold in large bulk for saving on packaging for eco reasons.
Trader Joe's - Organic Mint Melange Tea
Pros: A wonderful tea with a fresh minty flavor, herbal so there is no caffeine, organic, and this one is a bit darker so I can get about 6 cups out of it.
Archer Farms - Organic Fair Trade Green Tea
Pros: A potent green tea because the bag is large enough to let the leaves uncurl, a tiny bit of caffeine (green tends to have less than blacks because of steeping time), organic, fair trade, and it makes about 4 cups if you prefer your tea light.
How about you, what are your favorite teas?