The tea bag was invented by accident. In the fall of 1904, New York coffee and tea merchant Thomas Sullivan decided to send samples of his product to potential customers (large restaurants and shops). But since all the tea and coffee was in cans, Sullivan decided that it was uneconomical, because the cans weighed a lot, the postage was very expensive, besides, there were many customers and it was unprofitable to send each one a can of an expensive drink. And the businessman came up with the idea of packing very small portions in small bags of muslin and silk and sending them as samples to customers. And the clients decided that it was even more convenient to brew tea in them. This is how the tea bag appeared, which very quickly gained immense popularity. At the same time, despite the mass production, tea bags were sewn by hand until 1929. Later, the fabric was replaced with special paper, and the bag itself underwent numerous transformations, although even now the most expensive collection teas are sometimes produced in small silk bags. At the end of 1950, the Teekanne patented two-chamber tea bag with a string and a label for easy brewing, which is closed with metal staples. Thus, more water began to flow into the paper, and the tea began to brew faster.
The owner of a tea factory, Thomas Lipton, was the first to massively set up the production of tea in bags in 1952, he also came up with the idea of packaging tea not in cans, but in cardboard boxes with a bright picture. Interestingly, the British Queen knighted the tea merchant and the son of the village innkeeper Thomas Lipton for their services in promoting the British way of life.
Interesting Tea Bag Facts:
Usually, for the production of tea bags, low-quality small-leaf tea or the so-called "category D leaf" (from the English dust - dust, - waste left over from the production of leaf tea) is used, often making up for the lack of aroma and taste of raw materials with aromas and flavors.
Despite the shortcomings, tea bags are widespread in the world and in Europe the share of tea bags is about 77%, and in England, known for its rich tea traditions, currently up to 90% of consumption falls on tea bags.
Interestingly, on average, one tea bag contains 3.15 grams of tea.
In the early days, tea bag paper was made from manila hemp.
In 1989, England, which favors unlabeled tea bags, brewed directly in the teapot, invented round tea bags with three thousand holes, now produced by many tea companies for the British market only.
The most expensive tea bag is made of pure diamonds and costs £ 7, 500. The bag itself is adorned with a hundred gems on the outside and inside, and another 80 are located on a white gold chain. Inside the bag is a real tea made from selected leaves.