Tea bags are undoubtedly the preferred method of tea brewing, with 98% in the U.S., 96% in the U.K., and a large number worldwide using a tea bag to prepare their morning cuppa tea.
It used to be that most bagged tea was made from lower quality blends of CTC (cut-tear-curl) teas, with the consideration more for price than quality. But today more and more companies are packaging their specialty and gourmet teas in tea bags.
When packaging tea there's a lot to take into consideration to meet the demands of and satisfy the consumer. Thought has to be put into not only the shape and style of the tea bag, but also the types of material used, and the production process itself.