Tea Bags

Who Invented Tea Bags?

Tea bags were first invented in America by New York Tea merchant Thomas Sullivan in 1908 when he gave his customers samples of his tea in small easy to use tea bags made from silk. Tea first arrived in the UK in the seventeenth century as an expensive luxury, by the late nineteenth-century black tea was fast becoming the UK's no1 beverage. Most of the tea consumed in the UK is from India which overtook China as the main supplier of tea. The development of teabags from using silk to the common perforated paper tea bag solved a number of issues around the making and serving of tea. The main concern when brewing tea leaves in a teapot was the removal of the loose tea leaves after the optimum brewing time and the mess of used tea leaves. Tea bags resolved both of these issues in one go, easy to remove once the tea had brewed and no messy old tea leaves to dispose of. Tea bags began to become popular in America from the 1920s, however tea bags did not really take off in the UK until after the end of the Second World War and the cessation of Rationing in mid-1950s. In the 1960s tea bags in the UK made up only 3% of the UK tea market, by 2007, tea bags were 96% of the total UK tea sales.

Tea Bags Available online from Discount Coffee.

Whether you are looking to restock your cupboards or you simply wish to pick up Catering tea bag supplies for your Hotel or office, our UK online range of tea bags offers superb quality and outstanding value for money. With products from Twinings, Yorkshire Tea bags, Tetley, Typhoo pyramid tea bags, PG Tips, James Aimer and many more to choose from, you are sure to find something that will appeal to your tastes. From English Breakfast, Darjeeling to Earl Grey, from Ceylon to Camomille, Discount Coffee have tea bags that are perfect for any occasion, be it a quick pre-work cuppa or a leisurely weekend brew. Discount Coffee also supplies our online UK customers with delicious and exclusive Scottish tea bags, Scottish Blend tea. 

For those who merely wish to try something new, we offer online boxes of 25 tea bags, while our catering boxes of over 1,000 tea bags are ideal for anyone who wants to save money by buying in bulk. To help you keep overheads at a minimum, we also provide free UK delivery on all orders over £50: a saving you can reinvest in even more delicious tea bags.