Loose Leaf Tea Frequently Asked Questions
How long does loose tea keep for?
Properly stored, loose tea will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months. To maximize the shelf life of loose tea, and to better retain flavour and potency, store in airtight containers.
Why is loose leaf tea better than traditional tea-bags? How is Happy Leaf different?
See the image below showing the difference between a well known "quality" brand of tea from a supermarket versus our fabulous loose leaf tea.
Loose-leaf tea is a tea that is not brewed in a teabag. When you steep loose-leaf tea, it has room for tea leaves to absorb water and expand as they infuse, which in turn allows the water to flow through the leaves and extract a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavours, and aromas from the leaves.
Traditional tea-bags do not have pure loose leaf tea - they use dust and fannings which is broken down so its flavour, aroma, and health properties are degraded. Tea that is broken can taste bitter due to a higher amount of tannins when steeped.
Whole leaf tea expands and unfurls as it steeps. This expansion produces more flavour and provides a taste of freshness to the drink.
Here at Happy Leaf, we only sell the finest whole leaf, pure loose leaf tea - we sell infusers giving your tea room to move to bring out the flavour and more environmentally friendly as less waste. We also sell fully bio-degradable teabags for you to fill with your pure tea if you prefer.
How long should I infuse tea for?
Each packet of tea sold by Happy Leaf has the amount of tea required per person, also how long you need to brew it for and at what temperature.
You should allow the tea to infuse for at least 3 minutes or as long as you prefer for your taste. Please do refer to the packet instructions.
Some teas may have a strong astringent taste if infused for too long so it is best to infuse it for the correct time and serve it hot and fresh.
Should I use an infuser or a teapot?
Infusers exist to replace tea bags but maintain the quality and taste of loose leaf tea. Even better, they’re sustainable and easy to use. Zero Waste.
We have several infusers to choose from.
It can also be brewed with a teapot designed to brew loose leaf tea. These teapots have built-in infusers or tea strainers, which can be removed to avoid over steeping. Teapots come in different sizes, so you'll need to follow the guidance on how much tea per person as per the packet.
Here at Happy Leaf we stock various size teapots from a mini teapot for 2 cups/mugs to larger sizes. This will be detailed on the description on each product in our shop.
We also sell tea infuser bottles so that you can drink your loose leaf tea on the go!
Please also note that we have specialist iced-tea pitchers for real loose leaf iced-tea.
What can tea do for me?
All teas provide some level of antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, and have anti-bacterial properties. Please see our tab "Health Benefits of Tea" for detailed information. Please also look at all of our ranges - we have many teas available and many "tea" drinks which are herbal and caffeine free. Our range offer so many health benefits and we hope you feel the difference.
How do I choose which tea to drink?
Choosing which tea to drink can be overwhelming with so many choices available.
At Happy Leaf we have categorised our teas into different types such as Health Benefits, Caffeine Free, Classic Teas, Minty, Rooibos, Fruit etc so hopefully it will be easier to decide.
We have also added a tasting note - like a fine wine - to help you decide if this suits your taste.
Please see "About Tea" on our tabs to find out more information and also under "Health Benefits" tab
We sell starter packs to help you to try different teas before making a larger purchase - hopefully this will help you decide which is your favourite.
Why do the prices vary so much?
Tea is purchased in weight and depending upon the rarity of the tea, the age, the supply availability, the process in harvesting to name just a few reasons. Tea is very much like wine in its flavour, price and vintage differences.
How do you prepare iced tea?
Always use filtered water if possible (not distilled)
Put the ready filled teabag into your chosen pitcher (1 teabag for 1 litre) or if using loose leaf not already put into a teabag then 1 teaspoon per person. We have a tea infuser iced tea pitcher available.
Fill with cold water & let the tea infuse the water for 6 to 12 hours in the refrigerator.
For quicker preparation, steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes and add ice.
Add your own garnish of fruit or mint to add the finishing touch.
If you prefer it a little sweeter use our honey spoons for iced tea.
Any teas made in this way can be stored up to 24 hours in an airtight container in the fridge.
How many cups of tea do you get in a pack?
This is a tricky question as tea is sold in weight and the size of the tea and blends vary so much.
As a very approximate guideline please see below -
17g - approximately 6 cups
50g - approximately 22 cups
100g - approximately 44 cups
500g - approximately 220 cups
Please note, however, that this will differ in blends such as peppermint (and teas which are only sold up to 250g)
How many flowering bulbs are in a pack?
This is difficult to be exact on as they are sold in weight and understandbaly these are natural products so differ in size. They have also been hand tied and again sizes will vary. As a rough guide you should expect APPROXIMATELY around 65-75 in a bag of 500g.
I am a big coffee drinker & want to switch to tea - can you reccommend a Tea to try?
Our Rooibos Surprise is a great transition from drinking coffee to tea. This is a fabulous Luxury Rooibos tea blended with Natural Dried Mango, Natural Dried Cranberry Pieces, Safflower Petals & Natural flavours. It is an incredibly smooth drink and really does taste like coffee but yet is incredibly healthy and caffeine free. Plus you can drink it without milk easily. We hope you enjoy it.