Introduction: How to Keep Your Teabag's Tag From Falling Into Your Tea.

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This is an obscenely simple instructable.

It is a little trick I found out that helps keep your teabag from falling into your tea while pouring hot water from the kettle.

Of course you can hold onto your teabag, but certain cups, or kettles don't afford you the free hand. and adding the bag later, means the teabag floats on top, waiting to be saturated.

Step 1: Identify and Acquire Teabags.

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There are many kinds of labels for different brands of teabags. Some brands (as shown: Red-rose may only have a single piece of paper, attached to the bag)

If this is the case, remove your teabag from the paper satchel but leave the whole satchel attached to the string. Add your water, and seperate it after the tea has begun to brew.

If you have the new pyramidal bags or other bags that involve 'no strings attached' style, you have to fish out your bag with a spoon, or simply leave it in there until you have finished drinking (provided your tea will not get bitter)

Step 2: The Type of Bag You Need.

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The common bag-type has a folded piece of paper stapled to the string.

It looks like a two page book. And for asian-style, or old-fashioned shallow teacups, this is plenty.

However for American-style mugs, the force of the water pulls this paper tab into your cup.

Step 3: The Trick!

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When preparing your cup and hot water, place your teabag in the cup (1) take the booklet-tab and place each leg of "the booklet" on seperate sides of the cup. (2) Admire your ingenuity (3).

Step 4: Pour the Water!

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Then pour (1) the(2) water! (3)
You can see it even worked in the large pint size tumbers I usually drink from as well as common mugs and paper cups from the office.

There is some magic physics here, that I know nothing of. But I can pour my tea with one hand free (to spoon in honey, milk, hold a cast iron kettle, or simply snap photos for instructables!

When the tea is ready I can remove my teabag at any time, without a fuss for a perfect cup of tea.

Thanks for enjoying! Drink up, yo!


PrabhathQt (author)2016-10-05

I have a question about tea bag tags. Can anyone who uses tea bags quite often, please let me know, why do these brands various color codes printed on tea bag tags? Is it really necessary?

spark master (author)2011-11-24

I wrap the strings on handle of teapot or ear of the handle of tea mug if using bags, but for glass type service use a rubber band over the string and if you must make the string wrap around the rubber band 3-4 times.

if you are on hike and not a gram weenie , put cold water and bag(s) in nalgene bottle, and heat with aky stove in a pot rinse with clear water. by end of a 3 hour hike the tea is steeped (cold) and is less bitter

bojax (author)2010-07-01

you could just put the teabag in after you pour the drink and use the spoon against the side of the cup to get the flavour. good idea though.

haptotrope (author)bojax2010-07-01

spoons are dishes! who wants those?

algaul (author)2008-03-09

If the string the little booklet is stapled to is long enough, just set the cup or mug on it.

haptotrope (author)algaul2008-03-10

True, but the teabag's string is rarely long enough for a large glass as shown, or a nalgene... its is a trick for the non-traditional tea-drinker. :-)

Patrik (author)2008-01-16

The rim of some mugs is too thick for this too work reliably, but if your mug has a handle, you can loop the string around the handle once, and hook the tab on the string.

haptotrope (author)Patrik2008-01-17

yup. Sadly, I'm fond of the pint glasses of tea... nary a handle to be found.

randofo (author)Patrik2008-01-16

Indeed. That works for me.

fungus amungus (author)randofo2008-01-16

That's my method as well.

Mine too. ;-) Yummy, tea!

Kiteman (author)2008-01-16

... or you could just drink coffee ... ;-)

CameronSS (author)Kiteman2008-01-16

Except that some of us prefer drinks that taste good... Unfortunately, I drink decaf herbal tea, not for caffeine, but because it's a tasty way to warm up. Celestial Seasonings bags have no strings. :-(

Kiteman (author)CameronSS2008-01-17

If your coffee tastes bad, change brand! As PKM said - bring a spoon.

jpmartineau (author)Kiteman2008-01-16


PKM (author)2008-01-17

I recently discovered that putting in the teabag after the water makes a better-tasting cup of tea, especially if the water is very hot. I was advised to do this by a guy in a Rington's tea shop because green tea is especially prone to "burning" and tasting overly bitter if you pour the water onto the bag, but IMHO it improves regular black tea as well. (I'm from England, we take this stuff way too seriously) I suggest to haptotrope that you try this, or just bring your own spoon to work :)

gamer (author)2008-01-16

i just leave my teabag in the tea -gamer

ningo (author)2008-01-16

Or you could just use a spoon to remove the in the U.K. it is the exception as opposed to the rule for teabags to have strings attached. If they do have strings attached, laying the string up one side of the cup and pouring the hot water so that it strikes the opposite side of the cup will stop the string from falling in.

haptotrope (author)ningo2008-01-16

Yup. IF you have a spoon. Work as no spoons. So its craftiness or scalded fingers, or bitter tea for me.

canida (author)2008-01-16

At work I drink out of a quart jar- this will definitely be handy! Using an extra hand to hold the string while jamming the jar under the hot water spigot is annoying.

haptotrope (author)canida2008-01-16

The magic of it may be complicated by yonder jar, and the "angle of shoving" -- let me know if it does work! and I'll add it to the instructable.

Bongmaster (author)2008-01-16

Another method (i have used) is to tuck the tag under the cup while u pour in the water (if the cup is small enough and there is enough string), this works well.. also u could just hold the tag while u pour :D

haptotrope (author)Bongmaster2008-01-16

yup, though small cups don't have this problem... its only us tea-guzzlers that suffer.. :-)

clkwrkelectronic (author)2008-01-16

Nice idea. I'll have to do this next time I drink a bag of tea. I've become far to used to loose tea.

Thanks!! its all bag-tea at the office, and there's no kitchens for such senanigans, so our tea- supply is purely ... "plebeian"

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