A tea bag is a small bag or pouch that holds tea leaves to brew a single cup of tea. Tea bags are also known for their stylish packaging of tea for brewing. They are very popular in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
An American tea importer, Thomas Sullivan, invented tea bags in 1908. He used tea bags to send samples to his customers in New York City, so he wouldn’t have to use more expensive tins. He sent tea samples packaged in silk bags. His customers put the entire bag into the pot, and this is how the tea bags came to be used. However, the first commercial appearance of tea bags was in 1920, by the United States.
Empty tea bags are also available for consumers to fill them with tea leaves. These bags are pouches with open ended flaps. These pouches are filled with appropriate amounts of tea leaves of a consumer’s choice. The properly infused tea bags provide a wider choice to consumers to choose tea leaves.
Usually, tea bags come in square or rectangular shapes. However, circular and pyramidal are also among the many decorative shapes tea bags available. As a result decorative tea bags have become collector’s items for many tea lovers. The tea bags are also available in varied flavours. There is huge range of tea bags such as heat sealable tea bags, organic black tea bags, organic energy herbal tea bags and many more. Biodegredable tea bags are the latest offering by many companies.