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Tea bag made from thin perforated (biodegradable) plastic
which has a "memory" and shrinks to a small size when
heated (takes about 4 mins) so that it squeezes all the
flavour from the tea. Saves you having to press the tea bag
against the side of the cup or do some elaborate
Sweet Tea Bags
Other halfbakery idea this one sprang from. [Jim, Jan 24 2001]
Some of us tea drinker really are that cheap
Unemployment is an endless misery that has got to be constantly palliated, and especially with tea, the English-man's opium. A cup of tea or even an aspirin is much better as a temporary stimulant than a crust of brown bread. [LoriZ, Jan 15 2011]
||Too bad the flavor you're
squeezing out in this process
is the one you're trying to avoid.
||Yes, Blahginger says the same in the annotation: "According to the "expert" tea drinkers I know, you should never wring out you teabag. It will make your tea more bitter.".
||This seems a little odd, as anyone I'd previously heard expound their views as an "expert tea drinker" would look down their their aroma-sensitised nose at anything brewed from the contents of a bag.
||Lemon: You are correct. The person giving the advice had her loose tea and tea ball, and was just giving friendly advice to a lowlife commoner as she saw I was about to squeeze my bag.
||Could be done, too! bravo, man! (heat activated) shrink-tube is already widely available; wouldn't take much to engineer a low-temp, high-elastic, no-hazardous-excretions version and stuff it with tea.
||I don't really mean to sound
like a tea snob (heavens
forfend!), and I'm sure the
debate over loose-leaf or bag
will rage on for centuries, I
just don't really see the point
of an invention whose only
purpose seems to be to make tea
||I think the real
problem here is that tea bags
don't allow you to easily
regulate the strength of your
tea, except by using more or
less water. Maybe boxes of tea
bags should come with regular
bags, and then a few thousand
minibags, to allow for finer
||Never having tasted a dry tea
bag, I couldn't tell you.
||I think the main objection to
bags on the part of
connoisseurs is simply that you
aren't as likely to find a high
quality tea in bags. There are
also complaints about
restricting the available
surface area during the
||I like my tea bitter. Further, good tea can be found in bags. I don't see what the big deal is.