Tea Time Tuesday: Making Loose Tea


Leao bought me a beautiful new tea steeper from Teavana for Christmas and two new loose teas. I drink both bagged and loose tea. I love the idea of loose tea, because it’s fresh and I like the control over loose teas.


More people in the US drink tea from tea bags, I believe mainly for convenience and the price. But loose tea is not that much more expensive. Especially when you think of the quality factor.

There is, of course, a huge taste difference. Teabags generally contain bits of tea leaves (typically fannings and dust), not whole leaves, and these leaf fragments brew up a nice cup of blah tea. As any tea expert will tell you, one of the essential requirements of brewing tea is giving the leaves enough room to expand so that their flavor is properly extracted. Because space is limited in a traditional teabag, the size of the tea leaf is smaller to compensate. Thus, the quality of the flavor is decreased. Thus, loose tea reigns supreme.

For this reason, tea steepers are ideal. You can actually see the leaves expand while they infuse the water with yummy goodness.

Adagio teas is a site that you can order loose tea and they kindly break down the expense per cup so you know exactly where your money goes.


A lot of times people avoid loose tea because they think it requires a lot of expensive equipment. You don’t have to buy a fancy steeper from Teavana there are other more economical options but remember it is a one-time buy that will give you access to high quality tea.

If only you could put your nose over this steeper when I finished steeping the tea, the aroma is intoxicating. The cinnamon is heavenly.  Nothing like loose tea so I dare you to try it. It’s fun and there are so many to choose from, I promise you will never be bored!

Happy sipping!


Tea Time Tuesday!


Hello Everyone! Happy holidays! Today is a perfect time to start a new blog series, Tea Time Tuesday (3Ts). The weather outside is gray and cold and the perfect weather for tea. I am a confessed tea addict for sure and since I share many of my loves on this blog, I thought I might as well share this one too.

Yesterday, while shopping at TJ Maxx, I found this tea mug that captured two of my loves (reading and tea) and had to have it. I think people in the store thought I was a crazy lady because I picked it up quickly and did a little happy dance with a squeal. It’s like the tea goddess placed it there just for me!

Today I am having it with a few of my favorite seasonal cookies from Trader Joes.  The tea I am drinking is a new one from Teavana. It is called, “Maharaja Chai Oolong.


Maharaja Chai Oolong:

The rich, heady spices of India mingle with the royal splendor of oolong tea in this blend inspired by the legendary Spice Route. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, carob and cardamom lead the sensory journey that begins with the first aroma of this robust chai. (caffeine is 1-15mg)

I like Oolong tea which is a native tea from China. I usually have it with a splash of milk and honey. Masala Chai is my favorite tea and it’s origin is India. I love the blend of spices in it.  So this Maharaja Chai Oolong tea is a nice blend of both. There is a nice strong cinnamon taste, that is present in Oprah’s chai at Starbucks.


I hope you’re having cup of tea today! I”ll be back next week with another Tea Time Tuesday.



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