The Evolution of Tea Bags
1.The appearance of tea bags
The debut of the tea bag was unintentional from the American New York tea merchant Thomas Sullivan and his clients.
In June 1908, when Thomas made a sample of tea, in order to reduce costs, he decided to put a small amount of tea into a silk pouch and send it to customers for tasting.
After receiving these "weird tea bags," customers were puzzled and difficult to start. They didn't open the package and tried to throw it directly into a cup of hot boiling water. In a moment, the world's first cup of tea bag appeared.
2. Tea bags sweeping across Europe, America and Asia
Since the use of tea bags for tea is not only convenient to operate, but also allows the tea leaves to fully contact with the water, and quickly brews the intense hot tea, so the popular speed of the tea bags instantly bursts. In the 1920s, it was already popular in the United States, but in the United Kingdom, teabags have been lukewarm because of the shortage of raw materials for tea bags in World War II.
Until the 1950s, under the impact of changes and developments such as household renovation and change of tea bags, tea bags finally became popular in the UK. In the late 1950s, the market share of tea bags in the United Kingdom has surpassed the United States. Today, every Englishman drinks an average of 4 or more cups of tea a day, 96% of which is teabags.
In Asia, especially in China and Japan, the trend of teabags sweeping across the wind has stagnated due to the condensation and edification of traditional tea drinking culture. However, with the diversified development of tea bags and the refinement of life, the tea storm that belongs to Asia has gradually rolled up.
3.Improvement in the form of tea bags
At first, the small silk tea bag was not an ideal material because of its expensive material, too dense perforations, insufficient and rapid penetration of tea leaves, and the influence of the smell of the cloth itself. Later, the tea bag was made of gauze paper woven from silk cotton.
Early tea bags are usually sealed with glue, and the glue often affects the flavor of tea. Later, they switched to a heat-sealed paper tea bag and sealed them with folded threads to keep the tea purer.
With the development of technology and the expansion of the teabag market, tea companies have begun to evolve tea bags: special paper materials, precise tea powder blending, and a custom-made bundle of ropes... step by step to create a more perfect tea bag.