Why pick artisan loose-leaf teas instead of tea bags from your local Meijer? Well, for starters, our organic loose-leaf teas are carefully and traditionally picked and processed, according to the specific requirements of their individual cultivar and growing season, whereas bagged tea is normally produced with far less care, resulting in an inferior cup. Because of the tiny, dust-like quality of bagged tea, many of the nutrients available in the bigger leaves are lost. The small bag also causes some problems: to get the most flavor and nutrients out of tea, far more space and water circulation is needed for the leaves to expand and unfurl, which can’t happen with bagged tea since the tea is “trapped.” This isn’t to say bagged tea is terrible. You can still produce a decent cup from bags, especially if you choose organic, premium bagged teas like Zena’s, which is our house brand at Boston Tea Room Wyandotte. And bagged tea is, admittedly, SLIGHTLY more convenient. But loose-leaf teas also give you much more control over the strength of your tea by allowing you to adjust the amount of leaves that you brew to your exact preferences. Need a Tea-torial? Stop in at the Boston Tea Room in Ferndale for more Tea-riffic tips.