Tea Bag History

Did you know the first tea bags were hand-sewn silk bags?
Tea bag patents date back as early as 1903. Tea bags first appearing commercially around 1904, tea bags were successfully marketed by the tea and coffee shop merchant Thomas Sullivan from New York, who shipped his tea bags around the world.
Loose tea was intended to be removed from the sample bags by customers, but they found it easier to brew the tea with the tea still enclosed in the porous bags.
Modern tea bags are usually made of paper fiber. The heat-sealed paper fiber tea bag was invented by William Hermanson, one of the founders of Technical Papers Corporation of Boston. Hermanson sold his patent to the Salada Tea Company in 1930.
The rectangular tea bag was not invented until 1944. Prior to this tea bags resembled small sacks.
At Herbal Tea Direct our herbal tea blends use a large tea bag which holds 5 grams of our specially blended herbal tea. Using larger tea bags allow us to fit more herbal goodness in each bag while most other tea bags are only about 1 or 2 grams. We have found some customers refill their cup with more hot water throughout the day, getting the most herbal goodness with each tea bag and every sip.
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Rick Williams
Rick Williams


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