On the Care and Feeding of Tea Bags

Ah, the lowly tea bag. Some swear by them while others viciously deride them. But few people on either side of the tea bag divide are likely to argue with the fact that tea bags are messy. So what to do with that messy little packet of tea after it's been plunged into the cup, …

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Matcha vs Dust-in-a-Teabag

Someone asked the other day why dust in a bag is considered bad but powdered matcha is considered good, even premium. In other words, if whole or broken leaves are supposed to be better, why is matcha an exception? Great question, and one to which I flippantly answered: “Marketing and tradition!” Well, that question deserves …

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Novelty Tea Bags

If we go by the most commonly accepted version for the origin of the tea bag, this handy little gizmo has been with us for a little more than a century. If you have any doubt that it's still going strong consider the relatively recent innovations in tea bag design, such as pyramid tea bags …

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Tea and the Pioneer Spirit — Packaging Overkill?

Tea steeped loose is, for many people, totally passé. Fine… people want convenience… sounds good to me. However, the “bags” that tea is now being put in for steeping are turning into fancy sachets in various shapes, and sometimes these are, in turn, packaged in special paper containers or other wrappers. Tea companies are really …

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Tea Bags Revisited

The teabag. You may love it or loathe it, but regardless of how you feel about it it's probably with us until the universe goes dark. This tiny gizmo is said to have been invented a little over a century ago by a New York-based tea merchant whose customers decided to try steeping the silk …

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The Tea Bag

While not all tea drinkers are enamored of tea bags as an alternative to loose leaf tea, there's no question that the tea bag is a popular choice for millions of tea lovers worldwide. By some accounts, which are probably more legendary than factual, tea drinking came about in 2737 B.C. when Chinese emperor Shen …

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Tea on the Road

If you’re a casual tea drinker or if you don’t drink tea at all you might find it unusual the lengths that some tea drinkers will go to to make sure they have a supply of high quality tea when they travel. The number of tearooms and tea houses in the United States alone has …

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Adding a “Bit of Cute” to Your Tea Time

By A.C. Cargill Is your tea time getting a bit bland? Same old teas and tea time treats? Same old mugs, cups, teapots, etc.? Liven up this important break in your day with new teas, new treats, and a “bit of cute” — tea paraphernalia that are a little out of the ordinary. Equipage that, …

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