2019: How much will you spend on tea this year?

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derk said

Hmmm, I should’ve kept track of spending last year. I’d guess I spent around $1500 usd for tea and teaware. I plan on drinking down what I have and sharing the love through trades for most of this year. Of course I’ll be purchasing some fresh green teas this spring and for the assload of puerh samples I bought last year, I’m allowing myself to buy cakes of my favorites this year. I’m not placing any limits on my tea expenditures, instead choosing to spend wisely.

Jan total: $212 USD
$110 @ White2Tea
$42 @ Old Ways Tea
$66 @ What-Cha

OH NOES!

I just did some calculating and found I am almost up to $200 for tea this month alone. What the bleep happened? I join this site and suddenly I’m hemorrhaging funds and drowning in yummy tea. This is very much not good. ACK!

derk said

Old teabags are useful for packing tea wounds.

Zephyr select said

I definitely want to keep track this year so I can manage my tea spending better:
Jan so far
Lupicia $50.00
Winterwoods Tea Company (kickstarter) $57.00

Jan- $24 (mostly tea samples)
Feb- $6 (so far)

Urrrrgh
Jan. $190
Feb. $115 (so far)

This is probably my most expensive hobby yet. And I still haven’t bought a decent in mug strainer yet. That’s going to be another 20 dollars right there. Ugly crying into empty wallet

I don’t know whether you’re looking for advice on infusers, but I would highly recommend the Finum brew basket:

https://www.amazon.com/63-421-08-00-Reusable-Stainless-Infusing/dp/B001D07MCU

The mesh is superfine so it can handle small particles like rooibos, plus it’s durable and easy to clean. Plus it comes with a lid that doubles as a drip tray!

Kittenna said

Also highly recommend. These are better infusers than the laser-cut metal type (eg DavidsTea) for nearly everything.

Leafhopper said

I’m adding my vote for the Finum infusers. I have two of them and they’re great!

I’m (unfortunately) up to about $300 so far, and despite my prior claims about restraint, I foresee a steady incline. Why, oh why did I have to discover Bitterleaf teaware?

Edit: up to $550 now (no thanks to White2Tea and Bitterleaf ;) )

KlausJ said

I plan to stay under 1000$ knowing myself though, I’ll probably use a lot more.

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