Sunday, April 11, 2010

Making your own teabags

Well, making your own teabags is probably the easiest and best way to have tea at work if you don't have a good way to rinse out a teapot. Currently I've been working with the Finum teabags. They seem to be ok, but they do seem to exhibit almost all of the downsides of using paper teabags. The Finums are made of paper so they do absorb some of the tea, and flavors inherently released in the brewing process. I have seen in the past that there are disposable teabags made of the preferable mesh material, but I can't seem to find a reliable vendor for them. Using the paper teabags, I tend to find that even though there's a considerable volume in the teabag, the leaf falls to the bottom and gets constricted when it tries to expand.

Sadly I have yet to find a better option, but this is the best option for how I brew tea at work currently.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Progressive leaf pile growth

So this is probably one of the stranger methods I've tried to make tea at work. This involved using a largeish french press / press pot. So every day I'd take this french press home and clean it out. Throughout the day as I'd make tea, i'd add more leaves to the pot to make sure there was enough flavor left in the pot to make a decent cup. By the end of the day the pot starts getting a bit full and you take it home and clean it out.

There were a few problems with this method, and it was a bit of a pain to take the pot home and remember to bring it back every day. For one thing I couldn't really change teas as it would make for a strange cup. Not being able to rinse it out became a real pain with this method.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tea and Work

So lately I've been drinking most of my tea at work. This constitutes a significant problem for enjoying tea, I don't have my equipment at work and don't have an easy way to dispose of leaves. (No sink in the office.) So there are a variety of different options, but the question is what to do. Some of the common ideas I've seen are:

-- Just use bagged tea
-- Bag your own
-- Drink matcha
-- Progressive leaf pile growth

I'll go over what I find as some of the pros and cons of each of these. But I wonder, does anyone else have some methods they like to use?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Resurgence and unfortunate news

So I know it has been quite some time since I last posted anything. I had been debating the nature of the FCC regulations and my stance toward them. Not that I receive anything truly noteworthy from running this blog, but at the same time samples were always well received. I will most likely stop any associates programs with specific vendors as that was never my intent anyway. I'll most likely still continue to keep my Amazon and Google links going though as those being unrelated to any specific tea vendor have little consequence. Additionally it still provides an avenue for support.

Onto even less fortunate news, from the sounds of things over at Imen's blog it sounds as though this is going to be a bad year for Phoenix Oolongs. And like many bloggers, I don't like the notion of rehashing other people's content, but without any way to reliably and easily become more authoritative or at least verify the content, rehashing is about as good as I can provide. So go read Imen's post. My sympathy goes out to those farmers and at the same time, like Imen I worry about availability of some Phoenix for myself.