Saturday 24, September 2022

International Tea Day: Dust tea or whole leaf tea, which is better?

Dust tea is better if you want to prepare tea or tea latte quickly whole leaf tea is ideal if you want all of the health benefits, says an expert.

News Desk: Tea is a must-have drink in the evening, and once in the morning, in many households. On the occasion of International Tea Day today which is observed annually on May 21, according to the United Nations we bring to you the difference between dust tea and whole leaf tea, and which is better.

According to Harshada Bansal, the founder of The Tea Heaven, tea comes in two varieties: loose leaves and tea bags. “While most people prefer traditional leaf-infused tea, some people prefer tea bags, since they require less effort. Each of us may have a different perspective on how to make the ideal cup,” she says.

Dust tea: It is the lowest grading of tea, is gathered from the crushing of broken leaves, which leaves only small tea particles. Tea bags frequently contain tea dust, and its flavor does not usually last over repeated steeping's.

Whole leaf tea: The term ‘whole leaf tea’ refers to tea prepared from intact, undamaged leaves. Tea bags, also known as dust and fanning, are little tea leaves designed to brew quickly. Since a whole leaf has a bigger surface area, the tea produced by this brew is more likely to be flavorful and rich.

“In general, whole leaf tea has a lot more taste than dust tea. Full leaf teas are more complex and subtle than loose leaf teas, and even bold, strong teas like breakfast blends have more flavor depth. Tea bags, in comparison, can appear boring and one-note. While there’s nothing wrong with drinking tea from a bag, if you like tea, loose leaf tea is better,” she says.

The expert concludes by saying that in the end, it only depends on your needs. “Dust tea is generally the better option if you want to prepare tea or tea latte quickly. Whole leaf tea is nearly always the ideal option if you want all of the health benefits, flavor profiles, taste, value for money, and quality while reducing waste or blending with milk and sugar,” she says.


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