One of the main tricks when trying to experience the glory of tea when you aren’t at home is how to brew it properly! Last week, I talked a bit about general guidelines to follow when brewing your tea. So how do you take that information and apply it to making tea when you’re at work?
I’ve taken the liberty of narrowing down this topic into the top options that I’ve found useful myself.
1. Consider using a small teapot when in the office. I’ve found this to not only be an effective way of brewing tea, but it also acts as a nice conversation starter with co-workers with even a vague interest in tea as well. To be honest, it isn’t always convenient to have an actual teapot, though. It can take up more space than you’ve got available, or even cause a little mess with drips and the like.
2 & 3. Some of the simplest tools for brewing in a smaller space are either an infuser mug or, interestingly enough, a french press (like is used for coffee most of the time). I’ve actually found the french press to be particularly useful, as you don’t even have to figure out somewhere to set the infuser once you remove it from your mug. However, many infuser mugs do come with a matching, fitted lid which, when removed and overturned, is ideal for placing the temporarily out of use infuser safely without creating a mess.
4. You can always use a simple travel mug or thermos and just bring the tea from home ready-made. This is not ideal unless you plan to drink your tea during your morning commute or don’t mind your tea tasting… less fresh …as the day progresses.
5. This next suggestion is my primary method of brewing tea in the workplace these days. The item itself has no consistent name from brand to brand, so I just refer to it as a Tea Pooper. Yeah, I know. I’m classy. In any case, it’s pretty simple… you put the tea leaves in the top section and add the water. Once it’s done steeping, just place the whole pooper on the top of your mug and it poops it out for you! (Strictly speaking, it’s more watery than all that, but I don’t want to call it the Tea Diarrhea-er… not least of all because it’s awkward to pronounce.) You can find an example of one of these here.
6. This last suggestion I’m making is not necessarily “office-friendly” in the sense that it will be too large for most office spaces. However, I’d like to see the person who honestly can tell me they don’t WANT this on their desk:
Seriously. It’s a cold brew drip brewer of majesty. I would feel like a mad scientist every day. How do you not want one of these?
All photos by Briana Morrison with exception of the mad scientist contraption, which is from the product page.