Steeping; how long to leave a tea bag in your cup. The product name is a Dutch word meaning to steep. The Dutch and Portuguese traders were the first to import tea to the Britain coast making it a regular shipment by 1610. The reason for the tub packaging is to hold and keep the flower shape tea bags in a bud position. Once you pull the tea bags out of the tub and place them in your cup, the tea bags bloom like a flower.