In Britain alone, more than 60 billion cups of tea are consumed each year. The creation of the tea bag means that it is convenient and easy to make a cup of tea. However, the tea bag was created by accident.
In 1908, Thomas Sullivan, a tea merchant in New York used small, silken bags to send out samples of tea to his customers. Instead of emptying the tea leaves into a metal infuser, they put the small bags into the pot. Sullivan’s customers gave feedback about how good these bags were for convenience, but the silk mesh was too fine for making tea. Sullivan then developed tea bags using gauze.
In the 1920s, tea bags became massively popular, and this meant that they commercial production of tea bags began in this time period. While they had a string attached for easy removal, they were adapted. The tea bags were made in two sizes. A small size for a cup, and a bigger size for the tea pots. Paper was used to make the tea bags instead of the gauze material.