I remember about 10 years, my first encounter with the most beautiful bag that would change my life forever. Okay it wasn't that serious, but kinda. I was at a fancy restaurant celebrating my dad's birthday and I ordered a customary after dinner cup of tea. The tea was set on my table by the waitress and as she walked away I looked down and finally had a chance to see what'd been presented to me. The most beautiful mesh bag was floating in my teacup with the ingredients swirling within the bag. It was like a disco ball lighting up a darkroom. I was mesmerized by all the individual ingredients that I could see including fruit pieces, flower petals and tea leaves. I had a hard time drinking my tea as I didn't want to disturb the seemingly delicate teabag but eventually I decided to take a sip as the water temperature was definitely decreasing in the open air. To my shock (and let me add I'm an avid tea drinker), I found the tea to be extremely flavorful with many nuances, far more than in any tea I had ever tasted before. At this time, tea wasn't really that popular yet. Offerings were still limited to orange pekoe, chamomile and peppermint and the specialty teas were early grey. Thankfully we've come a long way since then with exotic, specialty teas of all flavors. Needless to say, after that experience I was hooked on that magical tea bag.
Fast forward ten years, I'm sure you've seen them by now. Beautiful mesh, transparent pyramid teabags or sachets. There are two types of pyramid bags, a cheap version made from nylon aka plastic (yuck, not in my tea thanks) and the premium version made from soilon which is a cornstarch material found only in Japan. They are often used to separate premium, specialty teas from regular teas, though even the big grocery store brands are starting to catch on in hopes of luring in more customers. But it's not just about the look.
Here are a few reasons why we've decided to use pyramid teabags at Taste Tea Naturals.
1. Space- The shape of the pyramid bags allows the ingredients to unfurl and expand, thereby allowing all the flavors to be fully released. Furthermore, the whole leaf is able to be used instead of tea particles or fannings.
2. Ingredients- The shape of the bags also provides more options for ingredients. With traditional round paper teabags, only tiny dust particles can be used. However, with pyramid bags, there's enough space to allow for dried fruit pieces, leaves, flowers, spices etc. Because of this, you'll notice it's harder to find pyramid teabags that are individually enveloped as the bulkiness of the pyramid teabags doesn't easily allow for standard individual envelope packaging.
3. Aesthetics- Okay we've already touched on this one, but there is no denying it. Pyramid teabags just look nicer. Imagine giving someone tea as a gift, you'd probably feel much more confident giving them pyramid teabags than paper teabags. And trust me, nothing beats watching the ingredients swirl around in your pyramid teabag without having to worry about cleaning up and discarding loose leaf remnants.
4. Convenience- Loose leaf tea has become very popular these days because of more unique flavor profiles and a stronger flavor but these teas are very inconvenient as you have to have a strainer or filter bags. If you don't believe me just look at major loose leaf tea companies such as Teavana, David's Tea and Adagio, they have all started to offer pyramid bagged teas as well because of demand from customer who find loose leaf tea too inconvenient.
For all these reasons and more, we think pyramid tea bags are the better choice.
Tell us in the comments below. What do you think? Does the type of teabag make a difference to you in how you enjoy and experience tea time?
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