There nis only one reply I can make to this!!!! LOOSE LEAF!!! I use single-serve metal tea infusers to make my tea,and I have so many varieTEAS(!!!!) that I have several of these wonderful infusers for when I am alone! Otherwise I use one of my many gorgeous old teapots which I own. Aaaah! Freshly brewed tea.....NOTHING is more refreshing!
I prefer loose leaf tea as it has a far superior taste and having visited a tea plantation and seen how tea is produced, it has put me right off teabags! However, I do use teabags for redbush tea, as this is produced differently and it doesn't make any difference to the taste and is much more convenient than loose leaf.
Both. My first tea in the morning is from loose leaves with some ginger infused in it. Other times, I might use tea bags . No harm in using tea bags. Also they come in handy for tired puffy eyes once in a while.
I like loose leaf for a cup of afternoon tea, which is when I use fancy blends (usually flavoured black tea). First thing in the morning I use a tea bag. Bag tea brews faster because it is dust tea (made of the little crumbled bits left over from loose leaf) so it has a greater surface area exposed to the water.
For a normal cup of tea I use tea bags for convenience. I also use tea bags for my ginger/lemon tea I have in the morning before work. However, I do buy a variety of loose leaf teas e.g. green tea, fruit teas, herbal teas etc. which I will brew in my little teapot over the weekend which I thoroughly enjoy.
I prefer loose tea but since I am on the move all the time I tend to chuck in a tea bag in to hot water and gulp it down. On more relaxed days, I do love to do the whole tea ceremony - cakes, tea pot and all:)