Is there any difference between loose leaf tea and tea bags? Of course it is! There are many reasons listed. Most important is the taste. If you want tea at the best flavor; go for loose tea. The tea from ready-made tea bags are the small particles and dust from the loose leaf tea. HERE is a link that explains in more details.
A teapot, a tea infuser or filters are ways to make tea from loose leaf depending on your preference. Filtering the tea is the object regardless what option you prefer.
Tea infusers are great to use with individual cups. They come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be simple or fun. HERE is a link for some infusers. These infusers will hold enough tea to make a single cup of tea, depending on how strong you like your tea. I use one teaspoon for each cup.
These are some I have.
This is my favorite one.
Infusers are great but are not great for traveling. Tea bags are great for on the go convenience. I came across a solution – Tea Filters! These come in different sizes. I chose to go with a (2). These are longer. I just fold down the top to keep it closed. You can use a staple or thread and needle.
Now, lets talk about another way to have loose tea. I would consider this as the traditional way of making tea – Teapots. HERE is a link for shopping for teapots. There are many out there and many different types. There are some with a mesh basket inside the teapot for filtering the tea. This teapot is the one I use and I have found matching cups. I like this size of teapot. I can get about 3 cups of tea. This one does not have a mesh filter inside but I use a strainer that fits over the cup.
You cannot heat the water in the teapot itself. It will break. I use a tea kettle to heat the water on the stove top. Mine is a whistling tea kettle. Let it sit for about 30 seconds before you pour the water into the teapot and let steep. I use about 3-4 teaspoons per teapot. Adjust to your own preferences. The steeping time depends on the type of tea that is used. Here is a link that explains steeping tea times.
There are many different tea companies that offers loose tea and many different flavors. My favorite tea right now is from Tea Forte. I came across this company several years ago searching for tea. I have several favorites from them: black currant, mountain oolong and orange jasmine.