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Teabag = New Teabag

April 1, 2008

Desperate for some non-Tetley tea, I just found myself experimenting with hacking a tea bag.

Specifically, one of those little round Tetley tea bags. I’m up late trying to finish (or at least make reasonable progress on) a paper, and was struck by a craving for some Old Russian Blend tea; a smoked tea akin to Lapsang Souchong, but milder, and with more black tea flavour when compared to the starkly bitter smokeyness of the Souchong. Sold loose, I don’t actually have anything like a tea egg or T-Sacs to put it in, but desperate times lead to desperate measures.

I cut open a Tetley disc and tipped the contents out, then filled it with roughly twice as much loose tea. To re-seal it, I heated the back edge of a knife on a stove burner and pressed the hot edge onto the bag – my first try, I didn’t get it hot enough and no bonding happened, and the second I got it almost too hot, the paper was singed when I lifted the knife. But, it was sealed again. Huzzah for heat-seal tea bags, apparently.

And holy shit does that tea taste good, too!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tara permalink
    April 1, 2008 12:24 pm

    I fiend tea when I’m studying, but I really don’t think I’ve ever gone to quite that length.
    High five?

    I just took it one step further, even, just recently. That’ll be a separate post, though.

  2. April 7, 2008 5:21 pm


  3. April 17, 2008 2:46 pm

    So, as I promised, the story of the one-step-further tea hacking is now up…


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