It’s hard to say how much time and energy has been exerted over the years on the problem of how to deal with wet, squishy used tea bags, but “a lot” would be a good guess and probably something of an understatement. I wrote about some of these possible solutions in my last article about offbeat tea patents and I also comment on them in my monthly tea gadget reports, but there’s always a few more that are worth mentioning.
Handling these issues in a sanitary manner is important, or at least inventor Stanley Fimple must have thought so in 1957, when he came up with a Sanitary Bag Squeezer for tea bags. The description goes into great detail about how this is accomplished, but it notes, in part, though without so much care in spelling, “The purpose of this inveniton’ is to provide means for removing excess fluid from a tea bag. Without soiling the fingers of a hand holding the tea bag.”
Ernest Goldberg’s invention, Package for Tea or Other Infusion Commodities, which came along a few years later, claimed to resolve such problems as “inadvertent squirting or dripping of the liquid on ones clothing or on the tablecloth during the extraction process, creation of a pool of liquid on the saucer which seeps under the cup and then proceeds to drip when the cup is lifted, and the general unsightly appearance of a soggy and discolored tea bag.”
Just a few years after that, another inventor came up with a device described as “An individual disposable teabag receptacle adapted to be positioned on the rim of a saucer to receive a soaked teabag is attached to each teabag in a box thereof.” It was said to address following problem, “tea frequently continues to drain from the soaked teabag into the saucer which is not only messy and unsightly but provides a reservoir of tea about the base of the cup from which drips of tea may inadvertently be transferred to external areas such as the drinkers clothing, tablecloths and the like, each time the cup is removed from a saucer for drinking.”
Coming from a decidedly different angle, here’s a recent patent for something called Process of Preparation of a Foamed Tea Beverage. If you’re like me and you’re wondering why we need such a thing, consider the following excerpt from the patent description, “A need exists for more exciting tea-based drink. The foaming of tea beverages could be a manner to develop a tea beverage with a new feeling in particular a creamy mouth feel.”
See also: Should You Squeeze That Teabag?
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