Yesterday, a good friend said to me, “Chris, I’d love to drink more of your tea, but during the workday I’m so busy that I just can’t deal with the complicated process of making it.”
This is a fairly common reason people tell me why they’re not drinking tea. It is not that they don’t like it, or that it is too hard to get, but simply that they don’t have the time. In today’s episode of The Voice, I want to not only clarify just how easy tea is to make in the workplace, but also how important it is to find the time during the day to drink tea.
To prepare loose tea the easy way in the office, you are going to need a small amount of equipment. First, you need a strainer. My personal recommendation is the Gravity Teapot. It is small enough that it probably fits in your office drawer (an advantageous quality if you’re worried about it “walking away” in the breakroom). It makes just enough tea to fill your favorite mug (and works with any mug).
Next, you need hot water source (most breakroom water coolers have a red spicket – while not ideal temperature, that is acceptable for tea and hey, it’s better than nothing!). If you really want to do it right, stick that water in the microwave for about a minute – no longer – it should be just about boiling.
The next necessity is a way to keep steeping time. Oversteeped tea is one of the biggest turnoffs to enjoying it, so leaving it in for the proper time is fairly important. I will admit, even a world renowned Tea Sommelier like myself has oversteeped a few cups in my day, when my mind has wandered due to the 1,000,000 things we have going on around here. But downloading a simple tea timer will alleviate this burden and allow you to get back to work while your tea is brewing – and (most importantly) alert you when it is done.
The final thing that you need to easily make good tea in the office is the most obvious: good tea. Luckily for you, I know a really good place.
Why to drink tea is simple: it is good for you. Studies left and right are pouring in touting the many benefits of tea, including reducing signs of aging, weight loss, lowering the risk of cancer, and cutting the chances of having a stroke.
Not only that, but the caffeine in tea will help you get through those days when you shouldn’t have gone out the night before. Also, recent studies show that a chemical compound found in tea, L-Theanine, helps promote alpha waves in your brain, making you think (and therefore work) more calmly and effectively. Your boss will like that.
One common thread throughout virtually all of these studies, however, is that you need to drink about 3-4 cups a day to get these benefits. That, almost necessarily, means that you are going to have to drink a few of those while on the job.
I encourage you to take a moment to think about the bigger picture (hey, if you’re reading this you’re not working anyway), what is more important – those TPS reports getting there “10 minutes ago” or your health and your future?
The answer is clear, and the solution is simple to implement: drink more tea. You may even start a trend in your office!