By Terry and Ben of Kombuchahome.com
Which you choose will depend on how much you’re brewing, what types of tea you want to use, and which types of tea are available near you.
In general, you’ll have more flexibility with loose-leaf tea, and since you can buy it in just the quantity you need, it will be fresher than tea in bags. Without a double, Loose Leave is a much higher quality sort of tea and delivers a better taste. As such we recommend it over tea bags every time.
But, it’s also usually more expensive than Tea Bags. So if you are trying to brew Kombucha the Cheapest Possible Way, you will probably want to look at Tea Bags in bulk. Still, you can brew awesome tasting Kombucha with regular old tea bags just fine. I’ve done it many times with the cheapest tea bags out there (Lipton Yellow Tea bags) and the Kombucha tastes great.
Keep in mind that while the choice of Tea type and quality of tea IS very important to the Kombucha taste, it’s also only ONE element (albeit an important one). At the end of the day, we are making Kombucha, not TEA.