Show us your Tea Cupboard!
My cupboards are not installed yet so a bookcase I must use.
This is all the DAVIDsTEA in boxes/tins I have. If I really like a tea, it gets christened with a tin and on my shelf!
If you didnt spend so much money on David’s tea you wouldnt have to eat ramin noodles ;) Just kidding. Great colorful collection
Blurry mid section…(Sample teas/not crazy about teas, traveler tins, and tea catalogs)
This is so . . . organized! Sometimes I think the bar is set way too high for me here.
Uh oh.. I want a designated hutch for tea… I’m loving this!! Thanks for sharing :)
Bonnie..thank you! It’s getting so hard to manage! Since I posted this the other day my cupboard is overflowing….I’m running out of room!!!!
I love your cabinet! So beautifully organized!
And I see we have the same green dragonfly teapot!
Here is my EXTREMELY disorganized tea drawer. http://twitpic.com/c1farp
You guys have inspired me to declutter it!
It might be disorganized but it’s full of delicious tea!! :) Now you can do before and after pics. I wish I had taken a pic of my tea drawer when it was still filled with bagged tea only. That was before I switched to loose tea and kicked half of the bags out of there… lol
OK, after a year on Steepster, I’m showing my tea stuff…all of it!
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDUFoZ5 The first Picture is my Puer shelf…there are 8 photo’s including my cupboard, my tea on a tray. All the gear.
I AM A TEA NERD!
Only took me a year to become a nerd, and I’ve been really slow about it. A fixed income proves that you don’t have to be rich to enjoy tea and have a ‘healthy’ addiction!
Thank goodness for that. I keep thinking I need a second job just to support my tea spending. I’ll have to see how far I get in a year but wow…I have a long way to go to catch you! Impressive :)
Make sure you keep a heads up for vendors free samples. Look for information on Teavivre’s free sample program which most people here have received at some time (including me). Often the offers are here in the discussion boards so keep and eye open for what’s new. Ordering online, some vendors offer more free samples than others. Swaps with other steepsters increases your stash and experience.
I’ve certainly got the swap part down (8 packages sent out this week alone!). I’ll check out Teavivre since I don’t know much about them yet. And still looking for good free sample vendors. I’ve ordered from Della Terra, New Mexico Tea Co., 52Teas, Tao of Tea,& my local Mad Hat Tea Co. and have yet to get a free sample from any of them (so disappointing!). Honestly the only one to send me a free sample has been Laurnent from Nina’s and I haven’t even bought anything from them yet! They are just sending me free samples because they are awesome! Thanks for the advice though, I’m certainly learning as I go :)
Butiki is one of the best for samples (if not the best!) and all the flavors are natural. I have some Taiwanese Black Mountain Tea coming that is one of the best Black tea’s I’ve ever tasted. Wild and sweet! The owner Stacy always asks what sample tea’s do you want to try and tucks some into your order. She’s fantastic.
Verdant tea always puts in a sample and handwritten note. The tea’s are excellent! Kally Tea, Steapshoppe all give samples. Whispering pines gives samples.
After a bit, companies will contact you if you regularly review tea.
This is awesome. Thanks also for your tips on slowly (and inexpensively) building the collection! As a college student, I don’t have spare money to buy nice teas… but often do anyway haha.
Wow!!! Amazing collection Bonnie!!! Beautiful! I love your Yixing set :) I love it all!
My yixing set was a present and at least half my tea are samples and trades or Holiday gifts (most of the puer was gifts). You can always ask for tea on Valentines Day or a Birthday.
Bonnie – thank you for sharing! SO SO beautiful and truly an envious collection. LOVE IT!
Thanks Az, and I’d love visits especially around the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival Boulder Colorado in July!
oooh hey if I don’t make it to the NY tea festival maybe i’ll see if i can go to colorado for yours! :)
July you say … plans may be able to be made … I have not been to Colorado in years although my son wants to move there soon. I have many reasons to come! I have another friend who lives in the area as well. :) So many wonderful reasons!
Do you have a link to the festival by any chance?
Az,not sure whats listed yet but it’s held at and around the Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder. The classes are worth taking. I took an oolong class for 2 hours and got pretty tea drunk! $15 for the class. Same with cooking with tea and included a gourmet lunch. Free tastings are everywhere from vendors (many you know). Not on my computer right now…
Aww, so sad! I got all excited because a bunch of my family and I will be vacationing in Colorado in mid-July, so I thought I might be able to swing by the festival… but it takes place about a week and a half after we’ll have left. So close, and yet so far…
Here is my cupboard and such in its current state.
T.C. haha yeah and the sad thing is its far more than it looks. Before I had to dig everything out to find the one I wanted – now its an organized mess.
CuppaT ROFL that cracked me up!
Nice cupboard Az! I just had to put mine AWAY! Except for the PU! My counter space was being compromised, so that’s when I got the 3 drawer bin for samples that needed reviewing. Smaller footprint!
Bonnie I completely understand. I would love to have all my goodies spread out – I have so many pretty tea cups sitting in the basement – they are safer there. I just took one out and decided I had to start using it and enjoying it!
I have used the three drawer system before but then had to arrange other furniture which cost me to lose the spot for that. Its always this evolving process isn’t it!?
Wow, nicely organized! I see the Peach HoppiTea. ;) That’s a real nice sized tea tray you got there and gorgeous too.
:) Yes Peach HoppiTea is right up front :) The tins are also ones I grab regularly.
Yes it is a super large tray! It was from my hubby for Christmas although I picked it out. :)
Nice! :) Very lovely gift. Hahaha, I do that with my husband all the time. Everyone wins that way.
Beautiful collection Azzrian!!! I can’t get over your matcha stash!!! And I’m in love with that wooden tea tray… Gorgeous! :)
Thank you Kamyria! :) The tray is from Dragon Tea House.
Butiki – lol indeed – exactly!
Azzrian – I have to ask, what is that ice pick looking thing on the tray? I’m not sure if it’s a thermometer or one of those knife/pick things I’ve heard you need for puerh. I’ve seen it now in both your’s and Bonnie’s pictures. Lol.
My tea bookshelf seems small now.
I’m following the Bonnie plan….slow and steady! Eventually, I expect to wake up one day in a tea mecca surrounded by tins from the four corners of the world!
Again, my bookshelves were the $15 kind at walmart. I had no furniture 2 years ago when I moved here from California. No bed, no silverware…but I could sleep on tea leaves now!
Ha ha ha … I’m with you guys… Total inferiority… Every time I look at my itsy bitsy tea drawer I remember the mountains of tea some people are surrounded by… :)
I have been meaning to post pictures for a very long time, and, now, I moved and got around to taking them. Not the tea cupboard, unfortunately, but it is the teaware (though a couple of pots are missing from the photo)
Ok, so this is suuuuuper messy and not organized at all (I need to figure out a better system, but here’s my precious tea.
Thanks Maria!! Be warned it sometimes gets a bit risque / not safe for work :)
Oh my gosh, tea packets on clothes pins! Ingenious and hilarious, all at once! XD Brava!
Teavangelical, I just started to ‘follow’ you on Tumblr, I like what you’ve got to say. (I’m SwitchWitch.)
Hoo boy. My partner and I are moving from a spacious duplex to a tiny 2 br trailer on a lake (we’re calling it a cottage, thank you). We’re paring down on everything, luckily she is not even considering asking me to pare down on my tea. :love: Anyway, I would take any and all advice on where and how to stash my tea. I have it in tins, original bags, sample sizes, ziplocs, and Mason jars! I’d be willing to put it all in uniform whatever to make it work.
If you have to, storage ottomans are one of the best ways to store things you use but want to keep out of sight (also handy if you have animals and don’t want them poking around in your tea). I’m a big advocate of having furniture that multi-tasks, because I too live in a tiny space. Good luck! I might think of some more suggestions later.
if you haven’t already, check out my pictures (above) the clothes pin method works super well and you could also clip them onto vertical strings if you dont’ have a place for horizontal ones.