Talk:Tea bag

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My English is not good, so I would be thankful if you could improve the last lines I've just written, and also place the picture somehow better, I have absolutely no knowlegde of html.--Martewa 18:28, 9 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Can somebody check the dating of Sullivan's "teabag"? I've seen 1904... Trekphiler 14:31, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

EU Directives[edit]

That EU directive claim needs a cite. There are too many totally mythical EU directives out there for things like that to go un-referenced. --Mpk 13:34, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

Teabagging (Sexual Practice)[edit]

Does there really need to be a link to it right-smack at the top of this page? There is very little chance of someone confusing the two things, so I doubt a disambiguation is necessary. I move to remove that link. People who come onto Wikipedia looking for the teabagging article are surely able to search for it on the sidebar...

Maybe someone is not sure what the practice is called and all they know are the words "bag" and "tea". —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

It has been removed.--h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 22:02, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

I'm going to remove the link to the sexual practice again. 'Teabag' is a noun;'Teabagging' is a verb. People who search for 'teabag' on Wikipedia are searching specifically for the noun, and are unlikely to know that a verb form even exists. People who search for 'teabagging',on the other hand, are likely to know at least a little about the act, and probably want to go directly to the page that details information about the act. My point is that there is no real ambiguity involved, because people are unlikely to confuse the two terms; a disambiguation is therefore unnecessary. Brrk.3001 08:20, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

'Teabag' is also a verb (as in to teabag someone, i.e. placing one's testicles in their face). Therefore there is a valid reason why the disambig should stay.-h i s s p a c e r e s e a r c h 19:54, 6 May 2007 (UTC)
To be pedantic, "teabagging" can also be a noun if it's used as a gerund (e.g. "teabagging is a sexual practice") --Slashme (talk) 07:19, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

For whatever it's worth, I DID just get to this article whilst looking for the sexual practice... and only managed to find the article I was looking for through this talk page. Removing the link is pretty silly, IMO. BobThePirate (talk) 19:28, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

I came here looking for "teabagging" myself. Well, actually my second search would've been that exact word after noticing there wasn't a DAB link at the top. (I came here because the contradiction warning at the top made me curious.) I wanted to know if this was just a video game thing or actual "sexual practice". Knowing it's the latter now, a DAB link somewhere would probably be helpful to others, maybe in a "See also" section? Retodon8 (talk) 00:47, 30 December 2007 (UTC)


Can we improve the references to countries where different types of tea bags are used? It's probably misleading to mention only North America and the UK. I'm certain they're common throughout Europe, Asia and the Pacific, but would like more accurate information before editing. Wendy Collings 21:54, 30 August 2006 (UTC)


I am wondering why tea bag paper (and coffee filter paper) unlike any other paper, does not disintegrate after prolonged exposure to boiling water. I know nothing about paper making but I thought that paper was made by soaking fiber in water then drying. I have googled but don't know enough to find an answer. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

THe paper is lined with a plastic-like material (talk) 23:43, 14 January 2009 (UTC).

The article says that bags are commonly "Paper, silk or plastic" . Actual silk teabags are very rare. Making them from bioplastic as passing them off as "silky" or "silken" is quite common. This line should be changed or expanded. ROBERT GODDEN182.239.180.232 (talk) 21:11, 30 January 2013 (UTC)


I've got a package of darjeeling in pyramidal tea bags that are made of nylon. Worth noting? Does anyone know anything about the costs involved manufacturing nylon tea bags versus paper tea bags? Shinobu 13:28, 18 March 2007 (UTC)


Does anyone know who wrote most of the article? Because it is in desperate need of references, and this omission is an unfortunate stain on the blason of an otherwise good article. Shinobu 14:07, 22 May 2007 (UTC)


According to this article the first teabags manufactured were made from hand sewn silk muslin dating to 1903. The article on paper, however notes the use of paper teabags by the Chinese as early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907) A.D. If this is true, The article should be modified to reflect this. WaynaQhapaq 00:59, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

The paper article says that paper was folded and sewn into square bags to preserve the flavour of tea. This does not seem to refer to teabags as a method of steeping tea. --Slashme (talk) 07:04, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Dispute tags[edit]

I removed the tags that say that the article is disputed and contradicts other articles, because these issues seem to have been resolved. If there is still a dispute, please discuss it on the talk page before putting up the tags again: maybe we can resolve it more simply. --Slashme (talk) 07:22, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

William Hermanson[edit]

An anonymous editor added a comment that the heat-sealed paper fibre teabag was invented by William Hermanson of Technical Papers corporation. This sounds plausible, but I can't find a source. If you have a source, please add it. --Slashme (talk) 05:36, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

There's now plenty of sources including The Times ( Telegraph and Daily Mail newspapers in the UK they all quote him as being the inventor- but I think their source from it WAS this article.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:29, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

I removed this - original research. Anyone can re-add with suitable source(s).

A practical observation in the development of the tea bag from the traditional square, to the circular and finally the pyramidal bags is that the amount of adhesive used to seal the bags is reduced in each development. It could therefore be surmised that the development is not to improve the quality of the brew, but to reduce the cost of producing the bags themselves.

--Chriswaterguy talk 08:16, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

That is an interesting observation, however I ask do you want to taste more tea or more residual adhesive (on a bag that may have been more wasteful and therefore more expensive to produce)? People who are most concerned with tea quality may have remained with whole, loose tea. That could be why tea bags weren't introduced until the 1950s in the UK. Whitebox (talk) 10:55, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Appropedia page[edit]

Appropedia:Tea bags might be worth adding as a link - from the perspective of biodegradability and safety. I didn't add, as I started the page myself. --Chriswaterguy talk 08:57, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

can anybody provide information on expensive teas, rare, best tasting (opinionated, or by somekind of tea proffesional body) etc. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:59, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

That's a matter for a tea specific website. Search for tea reviews. Whitebox (talk) 10:59, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

German inventor Adolf Rambold missing in text[edit]

In 1929, modern form of tea bag was invented by German engineer Adolf Rambold, who worked for German company Teekanne. (talk) 17:59, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

You will need to find a reliable reference for the claim first please.Theroadislong (talk) 18:58, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

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