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Tea Trivia - The Origin of Tea Bags

Posted by Kimiko URIU on May 02, 2011 (0 Comments)

How was the tea bag invented?

Turns out, it was an accident! In 1904, Thomas Sulivan, a tea merchant in New York ,sent out samples to his potential buyers. He used silk sacks instead of the tin cans which were normally used in order to reduce costs. The potential buyers did not remove the tea from the silk bag but brewed up the tea in the silk sample bags. They loved the convenience of little bags and suddenly everyone was ordering the tea in the little bags.

 

Image from flickr by Toshiyuki Imai

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