Thursday, March 23, 2006

Tea-ology

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?

23 comments:

Katie said...

I drink massive amounts of coffee and am quite happy to do so. So I have no cool opinions on tea here. Sorry!

ScienceWoman said...

Someone opened the Earl Grey late this afternoon (and it wasn't me, I'm drinking another perfectly pear white tea)

*statgirl* said...

I love the honey vanilla chamomile...and also the perfectly pear white tea.

Anonymous said...

I mostly drink plain old black tea, but occasionally throw in an English breakfast, peppermint of chammomile to 'spicen' things up.

Writer Chica's DH said...

I'm quite fond of the Earl Grey and Green Tea. Today I tried a Red Spicy tea made by 'Good Earth', it tasted like a red-hot candy, definitely only for occasional consumption. A Chai with honey and milk always hits the spot.

Try 'Good Earth' brand Green Tea, it has an invigorating aroma and still tastes good when it cools down.

DH again said...

Forgot to mention the Bigelow Lemon. Add a splenda and it's like lemonade. mmmmmmm.

Lee said...

Green tea has gotten me through many a tired morning, dissertation draft, stressful meeting, pms bloat, cold, boring class, and almost anything else you can imagine.

Jane said...

I'm a morning coffee drinker, and drink tea later in the day, so it's usually the herbal variety (although I will have green occasionally). I agree w/ statgirl...the honey vanilla chamomile is one of my favorites! I also like the Good Earth Caffeine-Free Sweet and Spicy Tea and The Republic of Tea's Honey Ginseng green tea.

Honeybee said...

I usually drink coffee, but when I go for tea there is one that Celestial Seasonings makes that's a rooibos (sp?) with vanilla. The box has a lion on it. Guess I haven't had any in a while!

JTN said...

coffee! 2 creams, 3 sweet and lows. :) My mother practically lived on hot tea while I was growing up and I got tired of it. However, I do enjoy a nice cup of green tea on occasion. I honestly can say I can't stand herbal tea. Mom got on this orange pekote kick for about 5 years and we all had to partake. I've never quite recovered... (grin)

define_me said...

I am an avid coffee and tea drinker. I don't have any favourite tea but I do have a penchant for herbal teas. Currently, I only have jasmine tea in stock although I have to admit I am quite interested in trying the perfectly pear white tea if I can find it.

Anonymous said...

I have a thing for the peppermint, it is so fresh and tastes good even if it gets a little cold.

B

MissPrism said...

180 F isn't hot enough to let the tea-ey goodness out!

I once saw someone use hot tap water on first flush Darjeeling. I nearly cried.

(OK, OK. Spot the Brit.)

~profgrrrrl~ said...

What's wrong with people, not drinking the earl?????

Dr. Mon said...

My aunt the MD, got me drinking Rasberry Tea (Celestial Seasonings of course) as a teen to help with my cramps--it is still my favorite along with Sleepytime.

Anonymous said...

Orange Spice is black tea. Not much orange in there. Check it out.

Rose Connors said...

I get a fantastic loose loof Oolong from MountainRoseHerbs.com.

Currently, I drink a lot of my fertility tea; a blend of red raspberry, red clover, oatstraw and nettle: full of vitamins.

Rose

Greenwoods said...

I got some Green Tea Extract from www.herbalextract.cn, where kinds of Plant Extracts are list by the owner Greenwoods Herbal Extract Co., LTD.
It's great!

Black Tea said...

For my part i prefer black tea.

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