Loose Leaf Tea

For some, the difference between loose leaf tea and tea bags it may not be obvious. After all, isn’t a tea bag filled with loose tea leaves? Well not exactly. The tea in a tea bag and loose leaf tea does come from the same source, Camellia Sinensis or tea plant, but there can be a distinct difference in the quality of the two.


Although high quality tea bags can be found, when talking about tea bags we are usually referring to the supermarket branded mass produced kind. To get the very best quality, loose tea is the way to go. In the best loose teas you will find different parts of the tea leaves being used from those in tea bags.

Why Drink Loose Leaf Tea 

Loose tea, fresh tea leaves are picked and then either used whole or in larger pieces. In a tea bag you will find much smaller parts of the tea leaves and even tea dust. The smaller pieces do allow you to make a quicker brew, as the smaller pieces don’t need to be steeped for as long. However, you will only be able to get one cup of tea out of a tea bag whereas with a premium loose leaf tea, the leaves can be steeped multiple times and still retain their strength and flavour.


When buying loose leaf tea online you will often pay more than you would for tea bags but the quality will show, and it is worthwhile paying a little more. Beware of cheap loose leaf tea as it may not be what it is described as or maybe a lower quality inferior product.

Try our Many Varieties of Loose Tea

We have over 1000 different types of Loose Leaf Teas which can be found on our website, we have many varieties of tea from, Black Tea, Green Tea Matcha Tea, Flavoured Tea, Oolong Tea and Rooibos Tea plus many other tea varieties from around the world.

Loose Leaf Teas we Recommend 

We only stock the best loose teas at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, some of our favourites include our very own award winning blend of Pluckley Tea or try our popular Gunpowder Formosa Green Tea or Milk Thistle Tea