Loose Leaf Tea

We live in a world now where convenience is key. The easiest way is the best way, is the thought of many, but not here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. We believe in a different way, a way where the greatest results come not from taking shortcuts, but from putting time and affection into every small thing. Our vast selection of Loose Leaf Teas showcases this perfectly.

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Loose Leaf Tea is becoming increasingly popular once more - despite the rise of Tea Bags across the market. More and more people are realising the full potential of brewing Loose Leaf Tea, what it has to offer in cup and how, very potentially, its profile and characteristics are superior to Tea Bags.

According to Tea connoisseurs, a Loose Leaf Tea offers stronger, more refined tastes when brewed. One can discern complex flavour notes seldom found in Tea Bags, meaning - in other words - a better cup of Tea. Whether you like Green, Black, White, Fruit or Herbal Tea, the chances are that its Loose Leaf counterpart will provide, simply put, more.

Most will know already that Loose Leaf Tea is far from a new invention. Before Tea Bags, it was the only way of consuming brewed Tea. According to legend, an ancient Chinese Emperor named Shennong discovered Tea in 2737 BCE by pure accident. He had come to rest underneath an unknown tree and fell asleep in the midday sun. When he awoke, he found that leaves from the tree above had dropped into his cup of boiling water that sat by his side. Intrigued, Shennong decided to try the infusion, and to his surprise, it tasted wonderful. Without knowing at the time, Shenning had just discovered Tea - or so the story goes. We’ll likely never know for sure whether there is any truth to this tale.

For thousands of years, Loose Leaf Tea reigned supreme; however, in 1908, a New York-based Tea merchant named Thomas Sullivan began sending samples of Tea to his customers in small silken bags. Many mistakenly assumed that the Tea should be brewed in the bag the same way one would use infusers, so by rights, the Tea Bag was born out of accident the same way as Loose Leaf Tea!

Over the course of the 20th Century, Tea Bags took hold of the market. Their commercial potential became apparent following the end of the Second World War owing partly to Britain’s material shortages. But as of the early 21st Century, change is on the wind once again. We invite you to be part of this change with our hundreds of Loose Leaf Teas today.

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