3.1 – Tea Bags

The use of boiling water with dried shredded tea leaves has been the practice of brewing tea for many hundreds of years. Here in Australia in the bush or outback areas black tea is made by boiling the billy (Metal tin with handle) over a fire till boiling and then throwing in a handful of black tea leaves and leave it boiling for a minute or two and you can pour a strong wonderful brew of tea in your tin pannikin (Cup). Most of us now though, for convenience and time, use tea bags and a kettle. This takes the fun out of reading your cup because there are no leaves left in the cup. With the widespread use of tea bags over the last 50 or so years, the cup of tea with free-flowing tea leaves in it has been becoming a thing of history.

In times past, the tea was brewed with boiling water in a teapot (usually porcelain) and poured after seeping the tea leaves for a few minutes into your cup. This produced both tea leaves to read as well as a lovely tasting liquid to drink.

I mention them because they are generally not suitable for tea leaf reading as the leaves within the tea bag are shredded too fine in order to impart the tea flavor quicker. They tend to float when a tea bag is ripped opened and do not leave easily readable symbols in the residue. You are far better off buying the teapot brews that have bigger leaves which leave better symbols for you to read.

Tea Bags Are Generally Not Good To Read