A few weeks ago, I wrote in length about the “tea-bate” between tea bags and loose-leaf tea. I ultimately decided loose-leaf is better because of the taste, but you can’t beat the convenience of tea bags.
Weirdly enough, I had never considered a third option until last week when I was doing my usual traveling around the Internet: make your own tea bags using loose-leaf tea.
DIY tea bags…of course.
It seemed so obvious after I realized it, but I had never really thought of it before.
For tea drinkers like me, who love loose-leaf but are incredibly lazy, this could be a game changer. I have all the tools contraptions to brew loose-leaf tea, which I’ve discussed in a previous post, but I often drink so much tea that I run out of them in a matter of days.
Homemade tea bags could also serve as a great gift idea. If you’re giving your tea-drinking friend loose-leaf this season, create a more personal touch with them.
I got the idea from Nellie Bellie, a blog that has a tutorial for coffee-filter tea bags. Directions and an instructional video are located here. Basically, all you have to do is cut a coffee filter into a square, put tea in, fold it, and staple a string to it. Voila! You have your very own tea bag.
Here are the results of my crafting experiments:
I used an undyed coffee filter from Publix (which is better for the environment than regular tea bags) and filled it with my delicious new Cochin Masala Chai. I also added a paper label at the end of the string, which is a great way to give the tea bag extra flair.
Making the tea bags is very easy, but the real question is whether it actually works.
Yes, the DIY tea bag makes a perfectly delightful cup of tea. This may finally solve the great tea-bate, which has torn many a family and nation apart, and bring peace to the realm.