How do you do tea at work/school?

by Jason on February 10, 2009

in how to, review

Making your own tea at the office or at school can be a very healthy, affordable and rewarding experience, if preparation and clean-up are simple and convenient. Take a look at how easy the steeping cup can be, and try for yourself.

I used Dragon Pearl‘s steeping cup which is FREE with an order of 2 items or more. You may also want to try Adagio Teas tasting set ($9) for ease of use and cleaning. This is what the pros use to evaluate teas.

What other methods do you use? Add a comment or shoot me an email (jasonowalker@gmail.com) about the most convenient, effective way to prep your loose teas at work or school.

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Christine February 10, 2009 at 15:48

Tall glass, leaves, hot water, and POOF, tea is made.
Doesn’t get easier than that.

Jason February 10, 2009 at 16:12

Christine that sounds easy.

Considering you work with Seven Cups, I guess you’re doing this with Chinese green teas?

Are there any teas you found get over-steeped or too bitter this way?

Jason

Oolong February 10, 2009 at 13:15

I prefer a gaiwan for Oolongs, but that only works for me at home, I either use a infuser in mug or rarely put a very small amount of leaf in a Thermos bottle with strainer lid and let it steep for well over 10 min. Great for when you need to be out of the office.

Oolong February 10, 2009 at 12:12

electric kettle pluged in under the desk, a Brita pitcher to bring filtered water to the desk, I have a metal infuser and lid from a bodum Yo-Yo mug that i got for Christmas 2 or 3 years ago ( the mug lost it’s handle) and standard mug. It has smaller holes than the ceramic infusers that you use so I can make Black(red) tea in it in the morning, but more than enough holes so it drains without a problem. Every few weeks hot water and a scrub pad ( I never use dish soap with my Tea wear ) Removes the Discolouration.

In the past I have used the Two mug and an Infuser method much safe than using a lid with a handle on top as a coaster like you had in the vid. or Jing Teas has on their good looking glass mug set.

Eric

Jason February 10, 2009 at 12:40

pretty elaborate setup, with your own kettle and filter pitcher! This is a guy who takes tea seriously.

given your twitter moniker, can we assume you also use the same setup for oolongs?

Jason

Eric February 10, 2009 at 11:57

I’ve had great success with the IngenuiTEA from Adagio mentioned above along with their UtiliTEA water pot that let’s you get the exact water temperature you want for the given tea. We also have hot water available, but it is generally 160-170 degrees. I used to heat water in a microwave to get it into the 180-190 range and to boil. The UtiliTEA is much easier. We are also lucky as we have RO filtered water available.

Jason February 10, 2009 at 12:07

Thanks for the feedback Eric,

What kind of teas are you making in the IngenuiTea? Flavored, unflavored, or both?

Jason

Topslakr February 10, 2009 at 11:55

Yeah, mine has discolored a bit over the past year but I’ve thought nothing of it. I’ve not noticed a decline in the quality of the tea coming out of the pot. It doesn’t bother me I guess. Tea has been used to dye things in the past so I just figured it was inevitable. For a while I used a white mug to drink from and that stained over time as well…

Topslakr

Jason February 10, 2009 at 11:59

A little toothpaste or baking soda should take stains out of porcelain or glazed ceramics without leaving a residual flavors. You could try it on your plastic, but I imagine some flavor would get trapped in the plastic.

Jason

David February 10, 2009 at 10:56

We’ve just launched a range of products to cover drinking tea at work. You can see them at http://jingtea.com/tea/tea-at-work

As you say, it can be convenient and can actually save you money on high street coffees/teas etc.

We’ve got a Flickr page for Tea at Work too, some nice photos on there:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/teaatwork/

Add any of your faves,the more the merrier!

Thanks,

David.

Jason February 10, 2009 at 11:49

David, I like the approach Jing is taking to make it easier to store and prep teas away from home. I especially like the glass infuser mug. Easy to clean, and the strainer can be stored in an extra cup between steepings if you’re concerned about spills.

BTW, I received a collection of Jing Teas via post and have scheduled time to review them.

Jason

Topslakr February 10, 2009 at 10:48

I use an IngenuiTEA that I bought from Adagio to make tea at the office. It’s easy to use and for me, the perfect solution. It’s self contained so when I’m done steeping I drain the tea from the bottom and set the pot to the side for later rinsing. It also give the leaves maximum space to move around.

For hot water I actually use the water cooler at our office. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be this hot but our cooler also has a spout for hot water and it comes out at about ~180. Perfect for the green teas I usually drink at work.

For a while I used a steeping basket but the new method keeps things easier to deal with, at least for me. At the end of the day or when I want another cup a quick swirl of water in the pot that I throw outside gets the leaves out and I’m good to go.

Topslakr

Jason February 10, 2009 at 11:40

Great feedback Topslakr,

I used plastic devices for tea in the past, and found that unless I scrubbed thoroughly with soap and hot water on a daily basis, plastic and metal elements got stained/discolored. If you use on a daily basis, did you have the same experience?

Jason

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