Obstacles to Drinking Loose Tea in a Cubicle

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Life in a cubicle can be a challenge, especially when trying to appreciate loose tea, so I’ve found myself resorting to old habits: the tea bag.

Three Main Obstacles

For me, there seems to be three main obstacles when trying to drink loose tea in a cubicle:

1. Access to good tasting water

2. Access to a way to heat the water (other than a microwave)

3. Time

First off, I have to admit that I am quite fortunate because hot (not boiling) water is readily available in my work area. However, it tastes funky, like it has been sitting in a metal container for too long.

There is of course the option to bring in a water filtration system, such as a Brita Water Pitcher with Filter (like I use at home). But, that doesn’t solve the problem of having a heat source to boil the water. Heating elements outside of the break-room are not allowed for safety reasons.

I do have access to a microwave, but I’m not fond of how the water tastes when boiled in it. The water seems to take on a strange flat like taste, making it not much better than the hot water already being supplied.

Then there is the matter of time: It can take a little more time to drink loose tea than use the convenient tea bag.

For instance, I’ve got to take the loose tea and put it into some type of filter (e.g., Finum Brewing Basket, T-Sac or Teapot) to keep my tea free from leafy chunks. This wouldn’t be any big deal but, I have back-to-back appointments and barely have enough time to pee let alone make a cup of tea. Ha! That rhymed!

Tazo Awake Tea

I guess loose tea just isn’t going to be an option at work for now. Maybe someday I’ll be able to work at home! Yep, that’s the ticket to ever-flowing delicious tea while working!

For now, I will continue to use my tried and true friend the tea bag. I am quite found of Tazo Awake tea (and consider it one of my staple teas) because it does a good job of covering-up the taste of not-so-desirable water. I am happy with that.

One Alternative

Although, I could bring a thermos filled with hot water to work with me. But, I am not sure if it would keep the water hot long enough to quench my thirst for tea. It might work for a cup or two at the beginning of my day. I guess I won’t know until I give it a try.

Appreciating Clean Water

As I get near to finishing this post, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for, including clean water to drink.

There are so many people around the world without access to un-contaminated water and here I am complaining about flat tasting water at work. With that said, I’m going to be a bit more mindful of appreciating clean water, even if it does taste a bit funky.

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Do you have any thoughts about drinking tea in a cubicle? Or, what is one tea that you tend to always have on hand?

8 comments on “Obstacles to Drinking Loose Tea in a Cubicle

  1. Nina February 6, 2011 12:10 AM

    I always like to have a rooibos on hand. Lately it’s been Rooibos Tropica from Teavana which tastes like strawberry lemonade. I also love their Rooibos Sweet Amore which reminds me of apple cider.

    • a girl with tea February 7, 2011 1:04 AM

      Yum! Strawberry Lemonade! I’ll have to give it a try this summer, it sounds like it would be lovely iced.

  2. Tea Snob January 19, 2011 4:45 PM

    I would actually say that getting a thermos can be a great idea. I used to always use a thermos to carry around my hot water for tea. Starting back in high school, there was no way to heat up water so that is what I used. Make sure you get a large thermos though because if you are anything like me you go through a ton of water a day for your tea.

    • a girl with tea January 21, 2011 1:03 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion! I will definitely look into finding a large thermos. I wonder if they make a gallon size!

  3. Alex Zorach January 14, 2011 7:42 AM

    I’ve been in environments like this, where there’s not a good water source. If you want to go all out, you can fill up your own bottle with water of your choosing, and then heat it on your own, but that may be more work than you want to take on.

    There is no tea that I always have on hand; always is a strong word. But I will say that I’ve consistently had at least some tea from Makabari estate in my apartment for over a year now, although my last bit of it is running low.

    • a girl with tea January 15, 2011 12:24 AM

      Hi Alex, I’m still stuck on always having Tazo Awake around. I am sure that will change one day as I experiment with more loose leaf teas.

  4. latteteadah January 13, 2011 2:30 AM

    Tea at work – the conundrum. It’s possible though – there are different kinds of tumblers and stoneware to infuse, you can bring hot water with you and steep at your desk/on break, etc. My biggest obstacle is that good tea aroma travels – some don’t appreciate it. So my tumbler and stoneware includes lids that stay on in between sips. IngenuiTea has a branded tumbler with a mesh infuser (really fine, can work with any tea), and Rishi sells a stoneware Kyoro mug/infuser/saucer combo that’s becoming a favorite – I can infuse jasmine pearls and keep a lid on it, seems to be cubicle-compatible.
    I’d be lost without jasmine pearls as an option at work. The sweetness wards off hunger pangs, they store well, only need a couple of pearls at a time. I drink my pu-erhs and greens at home when I’m less busy and have the space to savor.

    • a girl with tea January 15, 2011 12:28 AM

      Thanks for the great tea at work ideas! Plus, the tip about tea aromas traveling. So far, my cubicle mates haven’t complained, but they all drink tea as well, just not as much or as often as I do.

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