I’m a big fan of loose tea. I find it tastes much better than teabags, plus my grandmother likes to read tea leaves.
In the past little while, though, it’s been harder and harder to find loose tea on supermarket shelves. The brand I used to buy, King Cole, is now only available in teabags. But it’s not just King Cole - loose leaf tea has all but vanished. The only one left is Tetley, but the tea is more in little crumpled balls than leaves, and it’s no good for the tea reading. Of course, I can go to tea shops and buy all sorts of loose tea there, but it’s out of my way and quite a bit more expensive.
I thought tea was becoming “in” these days, what with Chai Lattes and all, so why the abandoning of the loose tea? Is this just happening in Montreal or is it the same everywhere?