Sunday, October 08, 2006

Stick tea

"Stick tea" is essentially a cross between a tea bag and a tea ball: It's disposable like a tea bag, but instead of being made of paper or cloth (or whatever tea bags are made of nowadays) it's made of foil. Like a tea ball or other infuser, a tea stick has tiny holes through which hot water passes in and tea infusion passes out.


The whole package is pressed into a rectangular stick that stiff enough to stir.


It's a clever idea—a tea bag that you stir instead of dip—and I'd be surprised if stick tea doesn't eventually catch on. (I can really see teenagers going for it.) If stick tea becomes a gateway to tea for folks who otherwise wouldn't give it a chance, then it's a positive thing.





—Mellow Monk


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