As a tea drinker, I like the convenience of a tea bag rather than dealing with loose leaf tea.
A tea bag is just a porous container that makes it easy to steep a cup of tea.
The bags are sealed and filled with tea leaves and typically have a string attached. The string allows the bag to be removed from the cup without the need of a spoon or burning your fingers. The tea bag was invented around the turn of the 20th century by a tea importer. At the time, tea was very expensive. This tea importer provided samples to potential buyers in metal tins. In an effort to cut costs, he sent out samples in hand-sewn silk bags that looked like little sacks. His customers didn’t realize that he was just trying out cheaper packaging. They thought the bags were a new infusion method, and they were delighted by the ease and simplicity of brewing. The customers put in much larger orders than usual and then weren’t happy when the ta arrived without the little bags. They complained and the importer started producing tea bags. Unfortunately, he failed to patent his invention and is not credited with the actual invention of the tea bag. It wasn’t long before other tea bag producers began to experiment with different materials. They tried out gauze, cellophane, perforated paper and cheesecloth. Paper fiber proved the best option and eventually the hand-sewn bags were replaced by machine-sons options. In 1930 the Salada Tea Company was the first to use heat-sealed paper tea bags.