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What is a Tea Bag?

Tea Bags come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, but this is our take on what a tea bag should be, and the weights of tea that it should contain.

When Tea Bags appeared on the U.K. Market in the 1960’s, they were considered by many to be a quaint American Product. The advertising slogan of the time told us “No tea leaves when you drink – No tea leaves in the sink.” No truer statement was ever made about tea bags. Since then, however, advertising of them has contained much balderdash. In Dr. J.A.C. Brown’s book “Techniques of Persuasion”, he states “many advertisers are willing to admit that their work consists largely in the creation of imaginary differences between products.” Whilst the quality of tea put into tea bags is undoubtedly the most important point to consider when purchasing them, advertisers have striven to create “imaginary differences” between them to influence us to buy a particular brand in favour of the others.

The techniques of persuasion they have used are something like this…

1. Bigger bags “give the tea more room to move about thus creating a faster brewing time” was the claim. Is this so? Do you notice the difference?

2. Perforations. “Let the flavour flood out”. Do they really? Have you detected flavour flooding out?

3. Round Tea Bags. Dr. Brown also states in “Techniques of Persuasion”, “Increasing standardisation leads to increasing sameness between products; and the greater the similarity the smaller part does reason play in the choice of one brand and another”. Size isn’t important – neither is shape!

4. Pyramid Tea Bags “allow the tea to brew more quickly.” The same sort of claim was made for bigger bags when they were first introduced.

5. What next? Surely not another shape. Wouldn’t it be nice if advertisers credited us with enough intelligence and focused on the one thing that matters – the quality of the Tea! If you look around the brands on the supermarket shelves, it will become apparent to you that whilst many of the popular and low quality brands are following the “me – too” shape path, the top quality brands are remaining faithful to the traditional shape.

Northern Tea Merchants tea bags are traditional shape, contain top quality tea and are competitively priced.

Weights

Tea Bags can be square, oblong, round, pyramid or diamond shape, and can contain a bewildering range of weights and qualities of Tea. What shape they are is of little consequence – the quality and weight of tea they contain is.

What is a 2 cup Tea Bag?

Most of us use this size bag in our own homes. The following pack sizes usually contain 2 cup Tea Bags…

40 Tea Bags (125g). Each Tea Bag contains 3.125g of Tea.

80 Tea Bags (250g). Each Tea Bag contains 3.125g of Tea.

160 Tea Bags (500g). Each Tea Bag contains 3.125g of Tea.

240 Tea Bags (750g). Each Tea Bag contains 3.125g of Tea.

800 Tea Bags (2.5kg) Each Tea Bag contains 3.125g of Tea.

1100 Tea Bags (3kg). Each Tea Bag contains 2.72g of Tea.

What is a 1 cup Tea Bag?

The following pack sizes usually contain 1 cup Tea Bags…

110 Tea Bags (250g). Each Tea Bag contains 2.27g of Tea

440 Tea Bags (1kg). Each Tea Bag contains 2.27g of Tea

1100 Tea Bags (2.5kg). Each Tea Bag contains 2.27g of Tea

120 Tea Bags (250g). Each Tea Bag contains 2.09g of Tea

125 Tag/String Tea Bags (250g). Each Tea Bag contains 2g of Tea

What is a 2 pint Tea Bag?

Typical Pack sizes are…

150 Tea Bags (1.5kg). Each Tea Bag contains 10g of Tea.

200 Tea Bags (2kg). Each Tea Bag contains 10g of Tea.

What is a 4 pint Tea Bag?

Typical pack sizes are…

82 Tea Bags (1.5kg). Each Tea Bag contains 18.3g of Tea.

110 Tea Bags (2kg). Each TeaBag contains 18.2g of Tea.

200 Tea Bags (3.6kg). Each Tea Bag contains 18g of Tea.

When comparing two different pack sizes of a similar quality, the best way to assess their value for money is to calculate their prices per kg. Members of our Sales Office Staff will be pleased to send you samples and a competitive quotation for your requirements.

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