I have taken over tea and sugar duty for my building. You just can't trust the coffee drinkers to keep the supplies and varieties of tea at adequate levels. Here's the way it works: We have a 180F water tap, so brewing tea is a cinch (and so are those instant soups). Coffee drinkers pitch in $10/month and tea drinkers contribute $5/month for all the beverage, milk, sugar, splenda, creamer...you can drink. Someone is in charge of buying a gallon of milk each monday, someone gets gourmet fresh ground coffee, and someone buys the teas and sugars. And for the next few months, that someone is me. (as if I didn't have enough to do already).
Armed with $60, I bought 400 packets of splenda ($14!), 10 lbs of sugar ($4.15) and about a billion boxes of tea bags. Celestial Seasonings was on sale (buy one get one free) so I went pretty heavy on the herbal stuff, but I made sure to get several kinds of black, green, and decaf black tea. The next morning I put about five boxes out on the counter and left the rest on a shelf just above (and about at eye level). We already had boxes of Sleepytime and English breakfast open, and I added Earl Grey, Orange Spice, Chamomille, Peppermint, and Green to the mix.
That was 2.5 days ago. The first box to be opened was the Peppermint (within minutes of me putting it out). So far no one has openened the Earl Grey or Green. Someone put the chamomille back on the shelf (unopened) and brought out the Perfect Pear White Tea (my new favorite). The Orange Spice and Peppermint are rapidly disappearing. There has been no noticeable change to the English Breakfast.
(This seems like one of those word problems from 7th grade math class....How many different people are drinking the teas?)
But really I just thought it was sort of an interesting social experiment. Despite all the health benefits of green and black teas, it prefers that my coworks prefer herbal. As do I. I've got a mug of Orange Spice next to me right now.
What tea do you drink?