The Tea Bag String Conundrum

Let's put aside for now the matter of whether tea bags are a good thing or not. Some would say they are, and others scorn them. But the fact is that there are plenty of tea drinkers who use them. Probably all of whom have experienced that nagging problem of the tea bag string that …

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Things You Might Not Know About the Tea Bag

Like it or not, the tea bag is probably not going anywhere. Common wisdom suggests that it was invented just over a century ago and that it has undergone many changes since then. You can still get dubious tea in a standard issue tea bag, if you choose to do so. Or you can upgrade to …

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When a Teabag Is Your Best Option

Let’s face it – there are times when you just gotta use a bag. That’s true of lunches brought to school or to work from your home, true of purchases from the store, and true for that time when steeping loose leaf tea just isn’t possible. Yes, there are times when a teabag is your …

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The Wonders of Teabagging Machines

Even though I don't use teabags, the machines that make them fascinate me. Imagine a machine that takes the processed tea leaves and dumps a small amount into a little bag, adds a string, adds a tag, and does this by the thousands. Wow! Of course, teabagging machines are part of a line of machines …

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In Search of the First Tea Bag Patent

There is a commonly accepted tale for the origin of the tea bag, one that I've written about at this site and elsewhere. I've also seen it mentioned countless other times in many other places. I'll kick off this article by giving a very brief version of the story. Sometime around 1904 or 1907 or …

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3 Reasons for Doublebagging Your Tea

More and more I see tea drinkers say they use two teabags when making a cuppa. The obvious question springs to mind here: why doesn’t someone just put twice as much tea in a bag? Of course, the bag would have to be twice as big. Since I steep my tea, even the ones that …

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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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What’s Your (Teabag) Type?

Like many tea drinkers, I have a distinct preference for loose leaf teas. Still, there are times when a bagged tea makes sense, particularly when I'm short of time. Tea drinkers now have a lot of options when it comes to teabags, some of them make sense, while others I find annoying or, even worse, …

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The Teabag Holder — Unsung Hero of Tea Time

Teabag holders are unsung heroes of tea time, along with those hardworking cream pitchers. They sit by, all humble, and await your pleasure, like a butler or the server at a really nice restaurant or a loving spouse. Every self-respecting tea hostess/host needs a few dozen on hand for tea party propriety. Let’s face it …

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Are You Tasting the Tea or the Teabag?

Tea bags are widely popular in the U.S., the U.K., and elsewhere. One day, I was taking out some tea bags to steep a potful and gave the bags a sniff. They smelled kinda like dried hay, with the usual black tea fragrance following weakly. At that moment, I wondered if the flavor of that …

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