The T-Sac Filter
What's in Your Tea Bag?
today’s bustling society, the teabag is an essential
convenience. Thomas Lipton of Lipton Tea, who patented the
Flo-Thru Teabag in 1952, knew this and made a fortune from
what’s inside those little bags holding your tea? And
with some made from hand-sewn silk muslin bags, others from
see-through nylon, does the sachet indeed make a difference?
A bag with enough space for
the tea to infuse properly is a sound alternative to loose-leaf
tea that requires brewing in a teapot or cup. Teabags are
efficient, convenient and easy to dispose of.
However, teabags are constrictive
and prohibit the leaves from opening, unfolding and releasing
their delightful flavor. They often contain tea of inferior
quality that tends to release tannin, making it taste bitter
or harsh, especially if steeped too long.
Tea is harvested using either
the conventional Orthodox Method of hand-picking and processing
the leaves or by the Crushing, Tearing, Curling (CTC) Method,
a mechanized technique for bulk processing the leaves.
The tea in most teabags is made
with the CTC Method in which machines rip and shred the leaves
using a roller with thorn-like pins. The plant stems and twigs,
and broken pieces of leaves, are ground into fannings and
tea dust. It is the resulting shredded leaf pieces, fannings
and tea dust that are used in most commercial teabags. It
is a harsh process, causing degradation of the tea and a loss
Orthodox Method is a complex process done mostly by hand.
It involves the careful selection of the tealeaves to be plucked,
normally from the top of the bush, and their grading according
to rigid standards prior to further processing. Most knowledgeable
tea drinkers prefer this method and have little interest in
CTC tea, since it does not allow for the careful, high-quality
treatment they feel tealeaves deserve.
CTC Method does have an important, legitimate role in the
tea industry. It allows for the rapid processing of large
volumes of leaves. For certain varieties of leaf, it is the
preferred and least expensive processing method.
the true tea-lover, the taste of loose-leaf tea is far superior
to that in teabags, with only a few exceptions. Plus, loose-leaf
teas are brewed right in a teapot or cup, giving the leaves
room to open and unfold, releasing their full taste for the
tea-lover’s pleasure and enjoyment.
happy compromise is the inexpensive, fully-portable T-Sac
Filter. It’s large enough for loose-leaf teas to unfold
and open naturally, releasing their full flavor. Tea drinkers
can take them anywhere, along with a pinch or two of their
favorite tea, and enjoy all the convenience offered by conventional
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