The History of the Tea Bag

The forerunners of today's tea bags were used by the New York tea importer Thomas Sullivan, who in 1908 sent his customers tea samples packed in small mousseline bags. They proved to be a huge success.

Teekanne GmbH in Germany got wind of these bags of tea. The company supplied troops in the First World War with tea in similar cotton bags called "tea bombs". They were practical, but the cloth affected the flavour of the tea.

Next, at the end of the 1920's, Teekanne experimented with a solution developed in the USA - single chamber tea bags made of glued special parchment. The neutral-tasting paper was an improvement, but the glue still offended the taste buds of discerning tea drinkers and the single chamber did not allow the tea to move freely inside the tea bag.

The breakthrough came in 1949 when Teekanne launched its double chamber tea bag on the market. Produced fully automatically, the double chamber tea bag has two distinctive features resulting in a perfect tea experience: its two chambers and the folding technique used to make it. On one hand, the two chambers make it easier for the water to circulate optimally around the tea. This brings out the full flavour of the tea particles and aroma substances. On the other hand, the folding technique eliminates the need to glue or tack the bag which otherwise might have a negative effect on taste. Teekanne double chamber tea bags are made exclusively of top-quality, taste-neutral filter paper. Since 1949 and up to now, tea-lovers around the globe make great-tasting tea this way.

Later inventions like the pillow bag or the pyramid bag did not show advantages to the double chamber tea bag. These different tea bags still cannot outperform the ‘classic’ and convenient double chamber tea bag which is as young today as it had been when it was originally invented by the Teekanne engineers.