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?

5 comments:

Teaman said...

I drink loose leaf tea every day at work. I have several varieties in my desk. For steeping I use a slick inexpensive system cheapest from Upton Tea:
http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=AI33
and the handle at:
http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=AI35
This combo gives you a throw-away paper filter that you put loose tea in. I've used it for years.

You could also use a stainless steel filter also from them or anyone else. For about $8 the Finum version works great. It requires a rinse after in a sink which may not work as well.

Or get the Ingenuitea from Adagio Tea. It's a nifty plastic filter with a trap door in the bottom. I use it at home all the time. But it too requires a rinse cleanup.

BTW I have no connection with Upton or Adagio in any way other than as a happy customer of those products. I've researched both in other online stores and the Upton filters are cheapest. The nice feature about the Ingenuitea filter from Adagio is that the 16 oz size has a removable plastic framed filter in the bottom that is a "key" feature for me. Their larger size doesn't (at least the one I got a few years ago didn't) and it gets kind of grotty between the filter and the trap door.

Hope this helps.

Teaman said...

Whoops, wrong link for the filter bags. It should have been this one:
http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?itemID=AI41
You get 100 for $4.80, a bargain.

Eric said...

Actually that is pretty much what I do too. Although i don't bother with the handle.

I found the same limitations with cup filters and the ingenuitea as you found.

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