At the beginning of the 20th century to a New York merchant Thomas Salivan who was engaged in tea business, occurred a brilliant idea to pack tea into small silk bags. This invention had a momentary and long-lasting success that radically altered the art of making tea. People liked the idea to brew tea in bags very much. And even today, “the trendsetter” all over the world is tea bags. First instead of silk, they used gauze and later special paper contained a fiber of Manila hemp. Today tea bags are made from filter paper that meets the strict requirements for health safety and do not influence the taste of tea itself. Tea bags may be of different forms: rectangular, round, and pyramidal. It is enough two or three grams of tea for a portion. But there are bags for two portions and for 1,5 liters of water. Often tea bags are packed in special envelopes. It is especially important for aroma-scented tea, as a double packing lets keep its volatile matters “under lock” better.

In Europe, about 80% of tea consumers buy tea bags in spite of the fact that real tea lovers use only leaf tea thinking that by quality any other one cannot be equal with it. In Russia nowadays the popularity of leaf tea and tea bags is fifty to fifty.

The tradition to add extra aroma to tea was born in China. Some aromas stimulate a person, other relaxes, and some have the ability to improve one’s general state and even to influence one’s mood.

In 1904 a tea dealer Richard Blechindem went to the world exhibition that took place in Saint Louise in order to introduce black Indian tea to Americans about which they did not know anything then. But as that summer was too hot, visitors did not want to come up to Blechindem’s stand to try his hot tea. Though he was thirsty, he himself trembled at the thought of hot tea. Then he put two cubes of ice into a glass and poured there some tea. This is how iced tea appeared. A lot of visitors of the exhibition tried that drink and soon they began to drink iced tea in all the southern states.

The history of the tea trade development is full of dramatic events. In the 1760s, tea took the third place among imported colonial goods, giving up the place to textile fabrics and manufactory. When England realized how unfavourable its economic situation was in the result of the war with France, a heavy tax on tea was put. Throughout the colonies, there was a wave of protest and an appeal for a boycott. December 16, 1773 enthusiasts from Boston being dressed up as Indians went up the board of three ships of the East Indian Company. Three hundred and forty cases of tea were thrown to the bay. The incident went down to history under the name “Boston tea drinking”. It became the reason of repressive measures from the side of the English. And it inevitably brought to new “tea drinkings” and finished by “Declaration of Independence” in 1776. In that way tea made the revolution.

At the end of the 18th century the young merchant fleet of America rushed into the tea business. It reached China, its base. As a consequence of it, the volume of the import of tea expanded very much. In 1790 six hundred tons were imported and in 1825 they imported six thousand tons. This trade helped to a lot of people to get an untold wealth and they invested their money in the local textile industry.

Because of the new immigration wave that came from Europe and Asia the ruling circles of New England considered themselves to be obliged to follow the traditions of the Old World. Tea drinking became part of the life of the high society. At the same time tea was spread among the richest planters of the South and got their highest evaluation. Even during the Civil war in America they continued to deliver tea to the blockaded South. Its price there could be compared if only with the price of gold.


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