When tea leaves are steeping in hot
water, they release the flavor while expanding, and need room to move
about. If you don’t allow them this room, then much of the flavor of
the tea will remain trapped between and in the leaves, and you’ll be
deprived of a great cup of tea. It would really be a crime if you were
to shove fair trade organic / biodynamic tea into small disposable bags
or other such tea prisons. A crime against the tea, and a crime
against the farmers who are working hard to bring you the incredible
teas from around the world.
Besides the taste, disposable tea
bags are not great for the environment – tossing out tea bags is an
incredible waste of the resources and energy that went into making them
in the first place, so even if they are compostable, the energy that
went into making them is lost when you throw them out. As for
re-usable tea bags, they tend to absorb a little bit of the flavor of
the tea you are steeping, so you will not be having a pure tasting cup
of tea if you like to try different teas. Also, they can be a hassle
to wash out.
Another really important aspect of using an open
infuser is that after your tea is steeped, you don’t need to throw out
the tea leaves: they’re great for fertilizing your plants. Although,
if you tend to have house plant gnats, then I would recommend using
them only on outdoor plants. I’ve been told that roses love them!
use for used tea leaves is to soak them again to make a natural organic
window cleaner! Just soak the used leaves as if you were making a
second pot of tea and used the water to clean your mirrors or windows.
After, toss out the water (this is not something you can keep around
for days!) and toss the leaves into your indoor or outdoor plants. If
you have none, then the compost is fine, of course.
If you don’t have an infuser, don’t fret. Wabiblo’s Shanti line of fair trade, organic, and biodynamic teas come with a free infuser on your first order of $55 or more.
To learn more about the fair trade, organic, and biodynamic tea offered by Wabiblo, I invite you to visit our website at http://www.wabiblo.ca
If you’re interested in trying out some of our teas, use the coupon
code: “articlefactory” at the checkout screen for an additional 15% off
your total. This offer is valid until September 31st, 2009.
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