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We thought we should explain why we decided to focus our business around tea and also why we only stock loose-leaf tea and not the rubbish you get
in bags!

There are a number of reasons, which we won’t bore you with, but on of the most important of all is quality. Tea bags usually consist of smaller pieces of tea leaves or tea fanning (basically dust) that give a stronger, quicker brew, but lack the subtlety and the fine
quality of larger loose-leaf teas.

Tea bags can also release too much tannin quickly, giving a harsh, bitter flavour to the tea.

One of the best things about loose-leaf teas is that they allow you to blend flavours and types of tea easily. Just ask Joy, one of our team, she makes a heavenly Silver Needle and Rosebud cuppa, which would brighten any rainy day.

Tea is also really healthy. Hurrah! We’ve tried our best to keep the scientific jargon out of this bit, although sometimes there’s just no other way of putting things.

All tea is actually healthy to drink in varying degrees and ways. In general, the less processed a tea is,
the more antioxidants and less caffeine it has.
The spectrum from White to Black teas, (in order below) increases in processing each time. Herbal tea is not made from the same plant, so most Herbal tea is naturally caffeine-free and has different health benefits.

Our tantalising teas are completely natural with no artificial colouring, preservatives or flavouring (except for some flavoured and scented teas!). They are also virtually calorie-free if taken without milk or sugar. Bonus.

Here are some of the other wondrous benefits of tea:

Teeth – Tea contains fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel and can help reduce the formation of plaque.

Disease – Tea contains anti-oxidants in varying degrees (primarily in white and green tea, but also black tea in smaller quantities), which may help to reduce the risk of cancer (primarily lung, skin, and colon cancer).

Blood – Tea contains polyphenols, which are thought
to help inhibit the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream and help prevent the formation of

Source: www.thisisleaf.co.uk
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