Why not put premium teas in tea bags? With the exception of a FEW teas that are particularly voluminous, a pyramid tea bag or large sachet gives plenty of room for the leaf to unfurl and steep.
I completely understand and agree that the bag is not the least expensive solution and is not best for steeping some teas, but it should be easy enough to impress customers with a very good cup of tea in a bag. Good enough to convince them that tea is a LOT better than what’s found in the “traditional” tea bag. Wouldn’t it be easier to convert customers to loose-leaf tea after meeting them where they are and proving that YOUR tea really is a lot better than what they’ve had before?
I’m all for making loose leaf teas more accessible, even if the tea geek in me likes the pedantry of tea stores, pots and avoiding electric kettles.