I carried out what I believe is a unique experiment at work on Friday. I document it here for posterity, in GCSE-approved standard scientific format:
Experiment: To investigate the extraction of loose tea leaves from a tea bag.
- one Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Tea bag
- one standard tea mug
- one industrial-strength paper-shredder
- the mug was placed into the bottom section of the shredder, directly under the shredding slot
- the shredder was turned on
- the tea bag was fed slowly through the shredding slot
- once the tea bag had been fully shredded, the machine was disengaged and the mug was removed from the shredder
Results: When examined, the mug was found to contain a residue of loose tea leaves and shredded tea bag paper. These were easily separated by hand.
Conclusion: The method under investigation is an effective way of extracting loose tea leaves from a tea bag. However, upon further investigation, the extracted tea leaves were found to be smaller in diameter than shop-bought loose tea leaves. They would be unsuitable as a hot drink ingredient, in that they would tend to escape through the holes of a standard tea strainer and contaminate the resultant beverage.