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I’ve had a very stressful week traveling for work. No sleep. Working with annoying people. Argh!

I took a bunch of tea with me to try. While I didn’t have ideal brewing conditions, I was still able to make a few awesome cups. This one was great! I produced a lovely murky green. And it tasted so rich and toasty. And smooth and green. Genmaicha has always been a homey comforting flavor so it’s hard to go wrong with it. This one however, is comforting and delicious. I usually prefer mine without matcha, but it works in this one.

Story time:
a colleague I had been traveling with had been eying my teas with distrust for days. I’ve been drinking super bright Japanese and korean greens. Finally, he commented that my tea was really green. I offered to let him try some but he declined saying that all teas were the same. " I’m having some right now." he show me the no name green tea bag provided by the hotel. I had tried it and it was truly terrible. How can you say all teas are the same when you yourself stated how different they looked? I am baffled!

I also room temp brewed a bunch while traveling. Easier than getting hot water all the time. My colleagues were so amazed. “are you just soaking your tea leaves?! The water is not hot.” they looked super skeptical when I explained about cold brewing. No one wanted to try any. Sad.

I got one colleague to try a coconut rooibos by adding cram and sugar. She liked it! Finally, a success story.

TeaBrat

work travel is always cumbersome…

Dinosara

I love the comment about him eyeing your tea with distrust. Glad you got to do some brewing while you were traveling, and I like the idea of room-temp steeping while traveling… I never thought of that one!

Mercuryhime

I think some people might say that room temp steeping is unsafe because you’re leaving leaves in water for hours and it’s not cold like in the fridge. I was fine but I don’t want you to go into this without knowing the potential hazards. Ive been known to eat stuff left out overnight though so I guess I like risks. :)

Uniquity

With the exception of meat (and dairy, I guess) I have very few qualms about leaving things out. If I make a big supper and there are leftovers, they tend to stay in the dish overnight. Ditto tea leaves. Ah well! : )

Mercuryhime

I often resteep leaves left out overnight. I’d be shut down as a restaurant, but I haven’t gotten ill from it. :)

DaisyChubb

that’s my plan for my 7-9 day road trip! tea + room temp water bottle = my friend on a very long drive. Thanks for the reminder :)

teataku

I have definitely had almost this exact experience (though not while traveling for work, thank heaven). I remember one person even calling me a “frickin’ hippie” when I explained to them what I was doing. sigh And the room temperature steeping, whilst somewhat of a risk, is indeed worthwhile if you don’t have any other options and you NEED TEA NOW. xD I’ve used it before, while at an anime convention when our in-room coffeepot broke.

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TeaBrat

work travel is always cumbersome…

Dinosara

I love the comment about him eyeing your tea with distrust. Glad you got to do some brewing while you were traveling, and I like the idea of room-temp steeping while traveling… I never thought of that one!

Mercuryhime

I think some people might say that room temp steeping is unsafe because you’re leaving leaves in water for hours and it’s not cold like in the fridge. I was fine but I don’t want you to go into this without knowing the potential hazards. Ive been known to eat stuff left out overnight though so I guess I like risks. :)

Uniquity

With the exception of meat (and dairy, I guess) I have very few qualms about leaving things out. If I make a big supper and there are leftovers, they tend to stay in the dish overnight. Ditto tea leaves. Ah well! : )

Mercuryhime

I often resteep leaves left out overnight. I’d be shut down as a restaurant, but I haven’t gotten ill from it. :)

DaisyChubb

that’s my plan for my 7-9 day road trip! tea + room temp water bottle = my friend on a very long drive. Thanks for the reminder :)

teataku

I have definitely had almost this exact experience (though not while traveling for work, thank heaven). I remember one person even calling me a “frickin’ hippie” when I explained to them what I was doing. sigh And the room temperature steeping, whilst somewhat of a risk, is indeed worthwhile if you don’t have any other options and you NEED TEA NOW. xD I’ve used it before, while at an anime convention when our in-room coffeepot broke.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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