No, not camel-shaped. No, not Sphinx-shaped. Not fez-shaped, either.
Pyramid-shaped - that's right! Got it in four!
Don't think we haven't noticed, Mr. Lipton. Those of us at the mercy of time (who must settle for teabag-tea not pot-made tea) have found over the past couple of years that the old familiar teabag has taken on a new shape. At first, it was just the frou-frou specialty teas that offered up delicate silk mesh pyramids of tea. I kinda hated to dunk them into the hot water, those little works of art, so unlike the flat or flow-through bags we've all come to know and love and press on our tired old eyes after they've done their beverage duty.
But now it seems everyone, even Mr. Lipton , is jumping on the pyramid camel-hump (the equivalent of an Egyptian bandwagon, see). Turns out, we've only been drinking tea bits and residue all these years. That's what was chucked into our little baggies with a string. (Yeah. Thanks for that information New York Times.) Ah, but now, the little mesh pyramids accommodate actual tea leaves, giving us tea almost like Mama used to make in her earthenware pot (except for my mama, who only drank coffee).
So go ahead and dunk away. Teabags are now tres, tres chic-a-mundo.
(You comin' around to this anytime soon, Mr. Twinings? I'm still looking for Earl Grey in a pyramid. Ahem.)