Ummmmm, so. Back in… er… 2011, I gave you a tour of my ridiculous tea cabinet at home and embarrassed myself by telling you that I sometimes perch on the kitchen island and gaze lovingly at my tea (and R’s tea) in the evenings. (I don’t really do that anymore. It’s still good entertainment but it’s not really conducive to sprinting up the stairs every ten minutes to soothe a fussy infant.) And then I told you to “stay tuned,” because Part II was coming up and I was going to show you around my work stash. And then I… didn’t.
Oops. Sorry about that. Only eighteen months later, if you haven’t tuned away, here’s my current work stash. It’s different from what it was in 2011 when I promised this post, obviously, since some new friends have come in and I’ve worked my way through other tins. So, here’s what I see now when I open my top desk drawer:
That’s actually pretty reasonable for me. It’s not overflowing or blocking my access to my stapler or anything. Here are a few detailed views:
Bunch o’ bags. Twinings English Breakfast tea, gigantic box purchased while pregnant (before hot beverages became odious to me and I had to give up caffeine anyway on account o’ the IUGR); Tazo Om for afternoon zen; Tazo Wild Sweet Orange (a gift from sis-in-law G some years ago, and I loved it so I just kept buying it); Republic of Tea Good Hope Vanilla, also purchased while pregnant because rooibos was supposed to be good for lil baking peanuts (again, before hot beverages became odious to me and rooibos tea in particular killed my soul).
Some of my beloved loose tea makes an appearance, finally! We’ve got Ginger Black and Lavender Earl Grey from Old Town Coffee, Tea & Spice in Alexandria (that store is like a rabbit hole, you fall in and you ain’t coming out again); Celestial Seasonings fruit tea sampler purchased because my Target stopped carrying True Blueberry and this was the only way I could scratch the itch; Wissotsky rosehip and hibiscus tea, which is the closest thing I can get here to the rosehip and hibiscus tea from the German store in Buffalo; Celestial Seasonings Tummy Mint (I’m a litigator, I need this stuff); and Guyaki Yerba Mate in both the canister and the yellow-and-green bag.
Finally, my good stuff. I don’t keep much really nice tea at work because I like to save my best stuff to enjoy with a book at home. But I have a little bit on hand for nice morning treats. Kusmi Strawberry Green, Vanilla Bourbon and decaf Earl Grey, all purchased in NYC while preggers, but after the hot beverage aversion had started to wear off a bit; Teaism sweetened matcha powder for mixing into green tea (I’ll probably take this home and use it for smoothies); Teaism Chai, Golden Monkey, Jasmine and World Peace – some of my favorites. I have to have World Peace whenever I need it, so I keep a bag at home and a bag at work. It’s that good.
So, there you go, my promised work stash tour, only a year and a half later. I’ve made a concerted effort not to bring much tea into work until I drink down some of what I have, so this is really not too ridiculous of a stash. Certainly better than my home stash, which is just silly.
Are you a tea drinker? Do you have a giant stash, or are you a reasonable, responsible adult about your tea drinking?