Tea bag with squeezing device
Tea bag abstract
A tea bag with a squeezing device is provided and consists of a
string attached at one end to an infusion bag with a quantity of
ground tea leaves sealed therein. A cover being of two panels is
joined together along a fold line and has a hole at the center of
the fold line. The string passes through the hole with a tag attached
to the other end of the string. The panels of the cover can be used
to squeeze the infusion bag to extract infusion liquid from the
bag and as a disposable structure therefore after said infusion
bag is used.
Tea bag claims
What is claimed is:
1. A tea bag with a squeezing device comprising:
a) an infusion bag made of thermoseal filter paper capable of allowing
water to filter therethrough, with a quantity of ground tea leaves
sealed within said bag;
b) a string attached at one end to said bag;
c) a squeezing device consisting of a cover fabricated out of light,
resilient polystyrene foam plastic sheet that will not absorb the
liquid and which will insulate the fingers from said infusion bag
when said bag is steaming hot and comprising two panels joined together
along a fold line formed with a hole centrally located along said
fold line and with the string passing through the hole; each said
panel being of a size to completely fit over said infusion bag and
wherein said cover has a V-shaped notch centrally located in the
free edge of each of said panels, opposite said fold line;
d) a tag attached to the other end of said string such that said
cover can slide on said string towards said tag thus allowing said
infusion bag to be exposed from said cover and be inserted into
a cup with water and said cover can slide on said string toward
and onto said infusion bag allowing said panels to be used to squeeze
said infusion bag therebetween to extract infusion from said bag;
e) reusable pressure sensitive adhesive material applied to a portion
of one side of said tag; said tea bag with squeezing device being
in its dry, stored, pre-use condition with said cover having been
slid downwardly on said string and onto said infusion bag to completely
cover said infusion bag in a protective arrangement; said string
being wrapped around said cover and in said notches and said hole;
said side of said tag having said pressure sensitive adhesive being
positioned against said string, captivating said string and holding
said tag to said cover; said pressure sensitive adhesive being sufficient
to allow one to separate said tag and said adjoining string from
said bag and to reposition said tag to again captivate said string
and hold said tag to said cover to form a disposable structure after
said infusion bag has been used.
Tea bag description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The instant invention relates generally to beverage infusion packages
and more specifically it relates to a tea bag with a squeezing device.
Numerous beverage infusion packages have been provided in the prior
art that are adapted to be fabricated with structures so that the
packages when wet can be squeezed to drain their surplus contents.
For example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,387,978 to Major; 3,550,528 to O'Neill;
4,726,956 to Christie and 4,735,810 to Dacal all are illustrative
of such prior art. While these units may be suitable for the particular
purpose to which they address, they would not be as suitable for
the purpose of the present invention as hereafter described.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
A primary object of the present invention is to provide a primary
object of the present invention is to provide a tea bag with a squeezing
device that will overcome the shortcomings of the prior art devices.
Another object is to provide a tea bag with a squeezing device
with a slideable cover to be used in squeezing and residual liquid
from the tea bag.
An additional object is to provide a tea bag with a squeezing device
in which the slideable cover will serve as a protective structure
for a fresh tea bag prior to use and as a disposable structure therefore
after the tea bag is used.
A further object is to provide a tea bag with a squeezing device
that is simple and easy to use.
A still further object is to provide a tea bag with a squeezing
device that is economical in cost to manufacture.
Further objects of the invention will appear as the description
To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention
may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings,
attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are
illustrative only and that changes may be made in the specific construction
illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES
The figures in the drawings are briefly described as follows:
FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of the instant invention in
a stored condition;
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the instant invention with
the tag removed from the cover;
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of the invention with the cover
pulled up from the tea bag;
FIG. 4 is a flat open view of the cover per se;
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the instant invention in use; and
FIG. 6 is an enlarged rear elevational view of the tag taken in
direction of arrow 6 in FIG. 3, showing adhesive thereon for captivating
the string and holding the tag to the cover as illustrated in FIG.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which like reference
characters denote like elements throughout the several views, FIGS.
1, 2, 3, and 5 illustrates a tea bag with a squeezing device 10
consisting of an infusion bag 12 made of thermoseal filter paper
capable of allowing water to filter therethrough, with a quantity
of ground tea leaves sealed within the bag 12. A string 14 is attached
at one end to the bag 12. A cover 16, as best seen in FIG. 4, consists
of two panels 18 joined together along a fold line 20 and has a
hole 22 at the center of the fold line 20 with the string 14 passing
through the hole 22.
A tag 24 is attached to the other end of the string 14, whereby
the cover 16 can slide on the string 14 towards the tag 24 thus
allowing the infusion bag 12 to be inserted into a cup 26 with water.
The cover 16 can also slide on the string 14 towards and onto the
infusion bag 12 allowing the panels 18 to be used to squeeze the
infusion bag 12 therebetween to extract infusion liquid from the
The cover 16 is typically fabricated out of a light, resilient
polystyrene foam plastic sheet, known as the trademark name of "STYROFOAM.RTM.",
that will not absorb the liquid and which will insulate the fingers
28 from the infusion bag 12 when the bag is steaming hot. Each panel
18 of the cover 16 is rectangular in shape so as to be of a size
to completely fit over the infusion bag 12.
The hole 22 in the cover 16 is diamond shaped, while the cover
16 also has a V-shaped notch at the center of each free edge 32
of each panel 18 opposite the fold line 20. Reuseable pressure sensitive
adhesive material 34 is applied to a portion of one side 36 of the
tag 24, as shown in FIG. 6. When the cover 16 is slid downwardly
on the string 14 onto the infusion bag 12, as shown in FIG. 1, the
string 14 can wrap around the cover 16 in the notches 30 and the
hole. The cover 16 will now serve as a protective structure for
a fresh infusion bag 12 prior to use and as a disposable structure
therefore after the infusion bag 12 is used.
While certain novel features of this invention have been shown
and described and are pointed out in the annexed claims, it will
be understood that various omissions, substitutions and changes
in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation
can be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the
spirit of the invention.