How to Make Tea Using Tea Bags

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The invention of the tea bag was an accident. Merchant Thomas Sullivan, for the sake of convenience, shipped tea leaves to his customers in small bags of silk. The customers, unclear as to his intent, put the entire bag into the pot for steeping. Today's tea bags are typically made of water-permeable gauze-like paper. Debate rages over whether tea made from bags is high quality. However, for convenience, especially on the go, nothing beats making tea from bags.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold water
  • Teapot or saucepan
  • Cup or mug
  • Pour cold water into your teapot or saucepan.

  • Bring the water to a boil. Most teapots will "sing" when water has reached the boiling point.

  • Place the tea bag in your mug or cup.

  • Pour the steaming water over the tea bag.

  • Let the tea steep for five to 10 minutes. For a weaker brew, leave the bag in the cup for just three minutes.

  • Remove the bag, and enjoy!

Tips & Warnings

  • Some tea makers recommend covering your teacup while the tea bag steeps.

References

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