‘Twixt The Cup And The Lip: Exploring Half-Truths About Tea Bags

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‘Twixt The Cup And The Lip: Exploring Half-Truths About Tea Bags
You can’t run far enough from politicians and their artful oratory of half-truths these days.
History will remember 2016 as the year when leaders, presidential candidates, and prime ministers were successfully able to hypnotise the public into a trance of half-truths and post- truths.
Yes, post-truth is now a word, it’s in fact the Word of 2016, according to the Oxford dictionary. Post-truth means “relating to, or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
Increasingly, fact-checking has become an afterthought.
Like-wise, in the world of gastronomy, half-truths abound.

Half-truths about Tea Bags
Here are some of the top myths surrounding tea bags:
  • All tea bags contain dust and fanning--otherwise known as leftovers--and thus represent poor-quality tea.
  • All tea bags are treated with harmful chemical components, like epichlorohydrin (an ingredient used in pesticides).
  • Tea bags are for amateur drinkers. A tea connoisseur would never deign to have tea made from a tea bag.

Let’s fact check then.
First, one must never say never. Second, one must not generalise.
There are tea bags which bust all the above myths. And these are pyramid-shaped tea bags.
Why pyramid-shaped you ask?
Because that specific shape allows loose-leaf tea to uncurl, expand and swirl, like they would in a tea pot.
And yes, contrary to popular belief, tea bags now house loose leaf tea.
While traditional paper tea bags are still used for tea dust, manufacturers are shifting to pyramid-shaped bags, using more technologically-advanced fabrics, to cater to a market that wants premium quality loose-leaf tea.
Not paper-based
New-age tea bags do not use paper but a special type of fabric, designed so that the gaps between its weft and warp allow for better engagement between the water and the leaves. This helps extract maximum flavour, colour and aroma--unlike with paper tea bags.
Moreover, these modern tea bags are not chemically treated like paper ones.
Are you really missing out on good tea?
Tea connoisseurs usually assert that loose-leaf tea leaves must brew in a pot, but current lifestyles don’t always permit this luxury. (It’s a hassle cleaning up, isn’t it?) So, the answer lies with pyramid-shaped tea bags, which marries tradition and time-management skilfully.
You can make tea in one single step: Just dip it in a cup of warm water and steep. No more measuring, pouring and straining. No more fuss associated with traditional tea brewing.
Pyramid-shaped tea bags can hold all types of high-grade tea leaves, whether green, oolong, white, or black. Consumer don’t have to compromise on quality. In addition, pyramid-shaped tea bags are convenient and travel-friendly.
To sum up: Pyramid-shaped tea bag allows you to be a tea snob in today’s busy world.
 
The History of Tea Bags
In 1908, an American tea merchant called Thomas Sullivan began shipping samples of tea to his customers in small silk woven bags. Some of his clients mistook the bags for being infusers and dipped them in water. When his customers complained that the silk mesh was too fine, Thomas Sullivan began making tea bags from gauze.
Later, the paper tea bags were invented. They came in two sizes, a large one which could be used in tea pots and smaller ones for tea cups. The addition of the string and tag followed suit to allow for the easy removal of tea bags.
Tea bags couldn’t be manufactured widely till the 1950s because of shortages created by the two World Wars.
In 1953, Tetley began selling paper tea bags in Britain, and by 1960, tea bags represented 3% of the British tea market. As per sales figures in 2007, tea bags represented 96% of the tea market in the UK.
 
Quote
“A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”- Eleanor Roosevelt.

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