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drank Mate Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
1938 tasting notes

And bye bye. I’m having my last bag of this at work today. I won’t miss it, but I salute it for trying. :-) And for its role in helping me learn what I like and don’t like.

Looking forward to the day when I have to figure out the logistics of bringing loose tea to work!

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what do you have available to you at work? (sink? trash can in cube? hot water dispenser?)

__Morgana__

There’s a sink, but I have to walk a ways to it. Also a hot water spigot that comes out of the coffee maker. And a trash can in cube. My biggest concern is the water being neither the right temperature nor filtered. It’s ok for the stuff I have at work now as they’re just decent bagged teas, but it would be sad to ruin something that’s really nice b/c of a water issue.

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So far i’ve had good luck using my Kati / paper teabags with my work hot water spigot (next to the break room, a ways down the hall), a timer on my itouch, and cube trash can. I can do black or herbal teas with my hot water spigot – do you have a thermometer you could use to get the temp of the hot water spigot? That was my main issue I just took the temp for a day a couple random times and it was pretty consistent – I certainly don’t bring in my special limited teas but so far I’ve enjoyed doing my good blacks (harney and sons, the jade teapot). So far the filter thing hasn’t been an issue but our hot water spigot actually is filtered (it’s part of a flavia machine). I hope you find a way, it is nice to have a nice cup of tea at work now and then.

__Morgana__

Yeah, I have a thermometer. I suspect the temp out of the spigot is variable and depends on whether someone has just used the coffee maker part of it or not. I’m still a ways away from being ready to give this a try, lots of bagged teas left. But I will keep the thermometer idea in my mind as the day draws closer. Thanks!

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AmazonV

what do you have available to you at work? (sink? trash can in cube? hot water dispenser?)

__Morgana__

There’s a sink, but I have to walk a ways to it. Also a hot water spigot that comes out of the coffee maker. And a trash can in cube. My biggest concern is the water being neither the right temperature nor filtered. It’s ok for the stuff I have at work now as they’re just decent bagged teas, but it would be sad to ruin something that’s really nice b/c of a water issue.

AmazonV

So far i’ve had good luck using my Kati / paper teabags with my work hot water spigot (next to the break room, a ways down the hall), a timer on my itouch, and cube trash can. I can do black or herbal teas with my hot water spigot – do you have a thermometer you could use to get the temp of the hot water spigot? That was my main issue I just took the temp for a day a couple random times and it was pretty consistent – I certainly don’t bring in my special limited teas but so far I’ve enjoyed doing my good blacks (harney and sons, the jade teapot). So far the filter thing hasn’t been an issue but our hot water spigot actually is filtered (it’s part of a flavia machine). I hope you find a way, it is nice to have a nice cup of tea at work now and then.

__Morgana__

Yeah, I have a thermometer. I suspect the temp out of the spigot is variable and depends on whether someone has just used the coffee maker part of it or not. I’m still a ways away from being ready to give this a try, lots of bagged teas left. But I will keep the thermometer idea in my mind as the day draws closer. Thanks!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes

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