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?