ashmanra said

2024 Sipdown Progress Thread

2024: Sipdown Progress Thread
The purpose of this thread is to track your progress on sipdowns over the year, encourage other Steepster members in their sipdown and/or general cupboard reduction/maintenance efforts, and most importantly, have fun while doing so!

Past Years:

2019: https://www.steepster.com/discuss/29734-2019-year-of-the-sipdown-challenge
2021: https://steepster.com/discuss/42494-2021-sipdown-progress-thread

2022: https://steepster.com/discuss/43802-2022-sipdown-progress-thread
2023: https://steepster.com/discuss/44707-2023-sipdown-progress-thread

What is a Sipdown?

A “sipdown” is drinking the last of a tea so that it is no longer in one’s cupboard. Since different people inventory their collection differently, some people count sipdowns of each individual package of the same tea, while others wait and only count the sipdown once that particular tea is completely gone from their cupboard. There is no right or wrong way to go about it; the purpose is to drink the tea one already has while reducing binge tea ordering habits to, ultimately, get a tea collection that feels “out of control” to feel more “under control!”
Ways to Sipdown
There are lots of ways to go about challenging yourself to sipdown more tea! Here are a few I’ve heard. Do you have a favorite method? Share your thoughts in the thread and I’ll add it to the list!
-Drink by Date: Clear out the oldest tea in the cupboard first, making room for the newer, fresher tea. 
-Drink by Rating: Clear out lower-rated teas, either by experimenting with new ways of drinking them or gifting/trading them away!
-Sampler Sipdown: Focus on samplers or tea packages depleted to just a few servings, by making a dedicated area in the cupboard for teas that meet this criteria. They go quickly and can free up a lot of space!
-Randomizer: There are lots of different ways of using random generators to select a tea to focus on; the surprise from the random selection can be a lot fun! 
-Keep Current on Subscriptions: Signed up to any tea subscriptions? Keep caught up on drinking subscription tea so it is out of the cupboard before the next subscription box shows up!

-A to Z of Tea: Drink a cup of tea with each tea name beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, in alphabetical order! It’s a good way to work through cups while having a lot of variety!

-Tea Bracket Tourney: Select 16 teas (or more or less, depending on your preferences) and pair them off in a bracket-style tournament to see which tea makes it to the end! This is a great way to get several cups in of a single tea that is doing well in the tourney!

-Cupboard Clearout: Have packages of tea that have been sitting around because they just aren’t favorites and you can’t seem to get through the packages no matter how hard you try? Then consider hosting a cupboard sale at the Official Stash Sales Thread (https://www.steepster.com/discuss/6840-official-stash-sales-thread), or heading over to the Tea Swaps Board (https://www.steepster.com/discuss?category=tea-swaps&page=2) and starting a Traveling Tea Box or seeing if you can trade/gift your unwanted tea!

The Zen of Sipdown: Acquiring Less Tea
The best sipdown efforts in the world become a moot point if the amount of new tea acquisitions from orders, trades, tea boxes, and gifts exceeds the amount of tea being sipped down. The idea of decreasing the total amount of tea in the stash to a point of feeling in control and happy (note that this “amount” will be unique and different for everyone!) is to drink more tea that you already have than you are bringing in. Here are some tips to help make that possible:
-If you order a lot of tea, set a budget that can’t be exceeded to help curb impulse or binge buying. 
-Unsubscribe from tea company mailing lists to resist the urge to jump at every sale e-mail that comes in. 
-Go “window shopping”: create carts on tea sites but wait a week before buying. Often the browsing/cart building is the most “satisfying” part, and a week later you may feel different about actually purchasing the items! 
-Do not be afraid to say “no” or not participate in teaboxes, tea exchanges, and group-buys. 
-Don’t be part of “enabler culture” when you know someone is working hard toward sipdown goals/reducing their cupboard; for some, saying “no” to proposed teaboxes, tea exchanges, and group-buys on a site filled with fellow tea-lovers can be very difficult! Remember to always be supportive of someone working toward sipdown/cupboard reduction goals and never take someone’s decline for a swap personally.
Remember, working towards proper cupboard management does not mean you can never place a new tea order or jump into a teabox or tea swap: it’s about finding and maintaining the right balance for you and your cupboard. Create sipdown goals for yourself! If you meet those goals, feel free to reward yourself with some new tea! Attempt to keep new orders coming in less than the amount of tea cleared out, and cupboard numbers will start to drop!

Monthly Sipdown Challenge


This month, try to find and drink as many teas from this scavanger hunt item list as possible! (Feel free to interpret the items as you see fit, and remember, don’t make a new tea purchase just to “check off” an item from the list… if you are missing something, consider it a reminder of your excellent cupboard management progress!)

July

July 1 – World Watercolor Month: drink a tea whose color you love
July 7 – World Chocolate Day: drink a chocolate tea or tea with chocolate notes
July 20 – International Chess Day: drink a black tea and a white tea

A minty tea
A fruity tea
An iced tea
Your oldest green
A tea you will re-order
A tea you can’t repurchase
Tea from your prettiest tin

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ashmanra said

I did not make my goal of 75 teas in cupboard last year but I did make good progress! I do not list samples and swaps in my cupboard unless they are large amounts, so I actually did lots of sipdowns, more than the 145 reported, updated my cupboard to reflect about 30 teas that were not listed before, and sipped down all teas that were past the “best by” date. (I think!)

My new goal for this year is to get down to 65 teas in my cupboard. Beginning cupboard without samples and swaps – 102

Sipdowns – M 9 Y 62

January

January 1 – Happy New Year – Drink a tea you’d love to have all year! Jardin Bleu by Damman Freres
January 12 – National Hot Tea Day – Have a tea that is close to a sipdown! Reserve Laoshan Black by Verdant
January 20 – National Coffee Break Day – Take a break with a coffee flavored tea, and if you don’t have one, just take a break with a favorite cuppa! Mocha Chicory by Teeccino

[X] A CTC tea – White Christmas by Lupicia
[X] A grocery store blend – Rooibos des Vahinès by Palais des Thes
[X] A winter inspired blend – White Christmas by Lupicia
[X] A small business blend – Cute and Clever Cocktail by 52Teas
[X] A blend made in another country – Tihna by Fares
[X] A blend made in your home country – Blackcurrant by Elmwood Inn
[X] Your oldest tea – White Anastasia by Kusmi

February

February 13 – Mardi Gras! Drink colorful tea or tea from your most colorful tin! Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster from Bird and Blend
February 14 – World Library Lovers’ Day – Drink a tea that reminds you of a favorite book! Vanilla Comoro by Harney and Sons
February 23 – World Quiet Day – Drink tea in silence, deep inhale for aroma, and no screens allowed! King’s Jasmine Pearls by King’s Zen Tea

[X] A tea that makes you feel extra cozy – Da Hong Pao by Bellocq
[X] A tea that energizes you – Chocolate Vanilla Mate by Savoy Tea Co.
[X] A tea ordered online – Alice In Wonderland by Harney and Sons
[X] A tea bought “in-store” – Warm Bread Pudding by The Spice and Tea Exchange
[X] An unflavored black tea – Lost Malawi by Rare Tea Company
[X] Your cheapest tea – Premium St. Valentine by Czar Nikolas
[X] Your most unusual tea – Thailand “Jin Xuan” Sticky Rice Oolong by What-Cha

March

March 8 – International Women’s Day – drink a tea from a woman-owned company or named for a woman. Queen Catherine by Harney and Sons
March 14 – Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday – drink a tea to celebrate the many, many March birthdays of Steepster! Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong Winter by Lupicia
March 20 – International Day of Happiness – drink a tea that makes you feel happy! Jardin du Luxembourg by Dammann Freres

[X] A breakfast tea – Brigadoon Breakfast by Adagio
[X] A floral tea – Bouquet of Flowers by Kusmi
[X] An evening tea – Busuioc Si Lamaie by Fares 1929
[X] An unflavored green – Matcha Green Tea by Ito En
[X] Your tea with the shortest name – Carol by Lupicia
[X] Your tea with the longest name – 2004 Yunnan Menghai Old Tree Ripe Puerh Tea Brick
[X] Your current favorite daily drinker – Bouquet of Flowers No. 108 by Kusmi

April

April 1 – April Fool’s Day – Don’t have tea. Just kidding! Have a fun cuppa! Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster by Bird and Blend
April 22 – Earth Day – lift your cup in tribute to the tea farms and those who bring us our favorite beverage – bonus points for an earthy tea! 2004 Yang Ping Hao Kong Que Zhi from Liquid Proust
April 29 – World Wish Day – drink a tea you wish you could always have on hand! Merci Mille Fois by Lupicia

[X] A convenient tea – Sakurambo by Lupicia
[X] A pantry staple – Vanilla Comoro by Harney and Sons
[X] A tea from a swap or a sample – Organic Mamaki by Mountain Thunder
[X] A tea that reminds you of a garden – Jardin du Luxembourg by Dammann Freres
[X] A tea that comes in a special shape – Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls by Teavivre
[X] A tea with a special meaning to you – Tower of London by Harney and Sons
[X] Your current favorite flavored black tea – Yume by Lupicia

May

May 4 – Herb Day: drink an herbal tea – Lavender Lace by S&V Tea
May 10 – Clean Your Room Day: tidy a tea box of shelf and drink something neglected – Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
May 20 – Pick Strawberries Day: drink a strawberry (or fruity) tea – Decaf Carol by Lupicia

[X] A floral green – Jasmine Dragon Pearls Long Zhu Green Tea by Teavivre
[X] A floral black – Yunnan Golden Jasmine by Verdant
[X] A bowl or grandpa style tea – J.E. Oolong Milky by Theodor
[X] Your oldest non-puerh – Peppermint Herbal by Harney and Sons
[X] Your tea closest to sipdown – Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
[X] Your tea farthest from sipdown – Super-Blue Lavender by Harney
[X] A “guest favorite” tea – St. Valentine’s Tea by Czar Nicolas II

June

June 5 – World Environment Day – drink an organic tea Grapefruit Creme Brulee by 52teas
June 18 – International Picnic Day – have tea outdoors – Orange Tabby Soda by 52teas
June 28 – Cream Tea Day: have tea with pastries or tea with cream/milk – Big Ben by Palais des Thés

[X] A white tea – White Grape White Tea by Tin Roof Teas
[X] A peachy tea – Vanilla Peach Apricot #12 by Portal
[X] A tea from India – Mountain Morning by Perennial Tea Room
[X] A tea from Africa – Lost Malawi by Rare Tea Co.
[X] A refreshing summer tea – Happy Dreams by Dammann Freres
[X] A tea you bought multiples of – Cerisier by Lupicia
[X] Your oldest oolong – JE Oolong Milky by TheOdor

July

July 1 – World Watercolor Month: drink a tea whose color you love – Mango Fruit Tea by Harney and Sons
July 7 – World Chocolate Day: drink a chocolate tea or tea with chocolate notes – Cacao Tea by Mi Cacao
July 20 – International Chess Day: drink a black tea and a white tea

A minty tea
[X] A fruity tea – Vanilla Peach Apricot by Portal Tea
[X] An iced tea – Black Iced Tea by Rare Tea Company
[X] Your oldest green – Yunnan Pine Needles by Tea Runners
[X] A tea you will re-order – White Grape White Tea by Tin Roof Teas
A tea you can’t repurchase
Tea from your prettiest tin

Thanks for doing the prompts again this year, ashmanra! I didn’t make my goal of 150 for 2023 since I was away from my tea collection for about half the year, but I think I did a decent enough job with 110 sipdowns.
goal for 2024: 150 sipdowns (Note of how many unique teas I started the year with in my Steepster cupboard on Jan 1: 1,134. egads. Note: even if I have one teabag of something, I usually add it to the cupboard…)
2019 Sipdown total: 92
2020 Sipdown total: 102
2021 Sipdown total: 156
2022 Sipdown total: 150
2023 Sipdown total: 110
2024 Sipdown total: 52

January
[X] January 1 – Happy New Year – [52Teas – Champagne Golden Monkey]
[X] January 12 – National Hot Tea Day – [Rakkasan – Andean Black + Cacao]
[X] January 20 – National Coffee Break Day – [Herbal Infusions – Moose Tracks]
[X] A CTC tea – [Utopia Tea – Assam CTC] *not a true sipdown
[X] A grocery store blend – [Organic India – Tulsi Original]
[X] A winter inspired blend – [Simpson & Vail – Winter Wonderland Rooibos] *not a true sipdown
[X] A small business blend – [Simpson & Vail – Imperial Yunnan]
[X] A blend made in another country – [Bird & Blend – Maple Bacon Pancakes] *not a true sipdown
[X] A blend made in your home country – [Juniper Ridge – White Sage & Wild Mint]
[X] Your oldest tea – [The Tea Merchant – Silk Dragon]

February
[X] February 13 – Mardi Gras! – [Tealux – Feng Shui Wellness]
[X] February 14 – World Library Lovers’ Day – [Simpson & Vail – Bronte Sisters’ Black + Bird + Blend – Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster]
February 23 – World Quiet Day – Drink tea in silence, deep inhale for aroma, and no screens allowed!
[X] A tea that makes you feel extra cozy – [New Mexico Tea Co – Roasted Kukicha]
[X] A tea that energizes you – [Zest Tea – Earl Grey] *not a true sipdown
[X] A tea ordered online – [Bird & Blend – Rhubarb & Custard]
A tea bought “in-store”
[X] An unflavored black tea – [Teavivre – Organic Hong Songzhen (Pine Needle) Black]
[X] Your cheapest tea – [Bird & Blend – Christmas Cake] *not a true sipdown
[X] Your most unusual tea – [Tealyra – Green Vitality] *not a true sipdown

March
[X] March 8 – International Women’s Day – [Butiki – Three Friends] *not a true sipdown
[X] March 14 – Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday – [Bird & Blend – Vicky’s sponge cake] *not a true sipdown
March 20 – International Day of Happiness – drink a tea that makes you feel happy!
[X] A breakfast tea – [Bird & Blend- Breakfast Boost] *not a true sipdown
[X] A floral tea – [Yunnan Sourcing – Ripe Pu-erh tea and Noto-Ginseng Flower Mini Tuo]
[X] An evening tea – [Steenbergs – Organic Red Chai]
[X] An unflavored green – [Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co – Premium Fish Hook] *not a true sipdown
[X] Your tea with the shortest name – [Tea-adventure – Fushou] *not a true sipdown
[X] Your tea with the longest name – [SBT: Pumpkin Pie Crepe with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce]
Your current favorite daily drinker

April
[X] April 1 – April Fool’s Day – [Bird & Blend – Strawberry Split] *not a true sipdown
[X] April 22 – Earth Day – [Mellow Monk – Top Leaf] *not a true sipdown
April 29 – World Wish Day – drink a tea you wish you could always have on hand!
A convenient tea
[X] A pantry staple – [Simpson & Vail – Coconut Macaroon] *not a true sipdown
A tea from a swap or a sample
[X] A tea that reminds you of a garden – [Della Terra Teas – A Rabbit’s Garden] *not a true sipdown
[X] A tea that comes in a special shape – [Mandala – Ripe Pu’er Mini-Tuocha Variety Package] *not a true sipdown
[X] A tea with a special meaning to you – [Element Tea – Creme Earl Grey] *not a true sipdown
Your current favorite flavored black tea

May
May 4 – Herb Day: drink an herbal tea
May 10 – Clean Your Room Day: tidy a tea box or shelf and drink something neglected
[X] May 20 – Pick Strawberries Day – [52Teas – Cherry Marshmallow Treat] *not a true sipdown
[X] A floral green – [Zen Tea – Jasmine Dragon Pearl] *not a true sipdown
[X] A floral black – [Mountain Witch Tea Co – Black Jasmine Cream] *not a true sipdown
A bowl or grandpa style tea
[X] Your oldest non-puerh – [Georgia Tea Co – Carnival Blend]
[X] Your tea closest to sipdown – [Teavivre – Keemun Aromatic Snail]
[X] Your tea farthest from sipdown – [Maya Tea – Raspberry black] *not a true sipdown
A “guest favorite” tea

June
[X] June 5 – World Environment Day – [Davidstea – Cold 911 (Organic)]
June 18 – International Picnic Day – have tea outdoors
June 28 – Cream Tea Day: have tea with pastries or tea with cream/milk
[X] A white tea – [TeaRunners – White Pearls]
[X]A peachy tea – [Bird & Blend – Peach Melba] *not a true sipdown
[X]A tea from India – [TeaSource – Raspberry Lemonade]
[X] A tea from Africa – [TeaGschwendner – Rooibush Panna Cotta Rhubarb Cream] *not a true sipdown
[X] A refreshing summer tea – [Lupicia – Melon White] *not a true sipdown
[X] A tea you bought multiples of – [Tiesta Tea – I Gotta Colada] *not a true sipdown
[X] Your oldest oolong – [Adagio – Jade Oolong]

July
[X] July 1 – World Watercolor Month: drink a tea whose color you love [Tealux – Tropical Breeze] *not a true sipdown
[X] July 7 – World Chocolate Day – [Davidstea- White Chocolate Chai]
July 20 – International Chess Day: drink a black tea and a white tea
[X] A minty tea – [Traditional Medicinals – Organic Peppermint] *not a true sipdown
[X] A fruity tea – [Zen – Cranberry Acai]
An iced tea
Your oldest green
A tea you will re-order
[X] A tea you can’t repurchase – [Teavivre – Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green]
[X] Tea from your prettiest tin – [Harney & Sons – Vanilla Comoro] *not a true sipdown

Tiffany :) said

Thanks again @ashmanra for another year with prompts. Want to definitely get those done every month. Appreciate your time and creativity. :)

2024 overall goals:
*Start getting my tea/teaware organized.
*Make my tea room (spare bedroom) a nice place, not just a junk storage unit
*Support my favorites/staples (Tea Thoughts, 52teas, Friday Tea, Dessert by Deb and occasional purchases from David’s Tea, white2tea and High Garden Tea) but be open to new companies.
*More involved on steepster and IG regularly also would love some real-life tea friends.

Note, for me, any size (package, tin, teabag, etc.) counts as one sipdown.
2024 total sipdowns: 72
2023 total sipdowns: 427 (average 35.6 a month. overall goal for year: 600. Worst month December with 18. Best month Feb + Mar with 53.)
2022 total sipdowns: 602 (average 50.1 a month. overall goal for year 660. Worst month January with 34. Best month November with 70.)
2021 total sipdowns: 514 (average 42.8 a month. Worst month August with 31. Best month December with 55.)

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2024 overall sipdown total (through 5/31/24): 72 / giveaway total: 16

May sipdown total: / giveaway total: unknown
April sipdown total:/ giveaway total: unknown

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March 2024

March sipdown total: 25 / giveaway total:
2024 overall sipdown total: 72 / giveaway total: 16

March 8 – International Women’s Day – drink a tea from a woman-owned company or named for a woman.
March 14 – Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday – drink a tea to celebrate the many, many March birthdays of Steepster!
March 20 – International Day of Happiness – drink a tea that makes you feel happy!

A breakfast tea
A floral tea
An evening tea
An unflavored green — 3/5/24 High Garden Tea 4 oz green
Your tea with the shortest name
Your tea with the longest name
Your current favorite daily drinker

February 2024
February sipdown total: 23 / giveaway total: 3
2024 overall sipdown total: 47 / giveaway total: 16
February specific goals: *TBD

February SIPDOWN CHALLENGE (completed 4-8 – did not complete: 1-3, 9, 10)
1) February 13 – Mardi Gras! Drink colorful tea or tea from your most colorful tin!
2) February 14 – World Library Lovers’ Day – Drink a tea that reminds you of a favorite book!
3) February 23 – World Quiet Day – Drink tea in silence, deep inhale for aroma, and no screens allowed!
4) A tea that makes you feel extra cozy Townshend’s Rooibos Chai Concentrate made as a hot latte on the stove with vanilla almond milk for Micah 2/5/24 Didn’t intend for it to be for him but as it turns out he came back from a run + put a few spoons of brown sugar and had it with his dinner. :)
5) A tea that energizes you Friday Tea – Baby’s Blend (my daily workday morning drinker roughly Nov or Dec 2023 to Feb 2024 to finish an 8 oz bag)
6) A tea ordered online High Garden Tea – Golden Roots (in 2020 after was unable to visit in person due to tornado destroying their physical store just before the pandemic)
7) A tea bought “in-store” David’s Tea – The Spice is Right (wrote a Steepster note 2/15)
8) An unflavored black tea Justea – African Breakfast
9) Your cheapest tea
10) Your most unusual tea

January 2024
January sipdown total (same as 2024 overall total): 24 / January giveaway total (same as 2024 overall total): 13
January Specific goals: *Sipdown David’s Tea Festive Favorites Sachet Wheel & NABO advent calendar 2022

January SIPDOWN CHALLENGE (completed 1-2, 5-10 – did not complete: 3, 4)
1) January 1 – Happy New Year – Drink a tea you’d love to have all year! Dessert by Deb Matcha Cream Puff and Lavender Coconut Macaroon (each one a 25g packets). Not sure if I’d drink these specific teas all year (although do have multiple packets of these teas) but been a Dessert By Deb fan since the beginning!
2) January 12 – National Hot Tea Day – Have a tea that is close to a sipdown! Dessert by Deb Holiday Cranberry Crumble 75g packet. This was a sipdown! Have 3-5 of these (all unopened from my bin of older Deb teas) and they are from December 2020 so I need to get creative on how to use the rest. Love Cranberry but not a rooibos fan and hmm….
3) January 20 – National Coffee Break Day – Take a break with a coffee flavored tea, and if you don’t have one, just take a break with a favorite cuppa!
4) A CTC tea - still searching to see if I have any CTC teas.
5) A grocery store blend — Elderberry & Echinacea by Pukka
6) A winter inspired blend — NABO advent calendar 2022 (1 full calendar of the 27. Purchased 1 or 2? in fall 2022, then in early 2023 bought like 25 more? on clearance.)
7) A small business blend Fava Tea Sunny Sangria (sample packet from old Sipsby box??)
8) A blend made in another country — Great Divide Tea by Teadore
9) A blend made in your home country — Mango Lemonade by 52teas
10) Your oldest tea — David’s Tea Festive Favorites Sachet Wheel

I completely lost track last year, but I hope this year will be different (but somehow a bit difficult as well). Definitely buying ban for some time and then maybe some new teas. In bold are fullfiled prompts. Prompts fullfiled by single session are counted here as well, but not as a sipdown number.

January prompts:
January 1 – Happy New Year – Drink a tea you’d love to have all year!
January 12 – National Hot Tea Day – Have a tea that is close to a sipdown!
January 20 – National Coffee Break Day – Take a break with a coffee flavored tea, and if you don’t have one, just take a break with a favorite cuppa!
A CTC tea
A grocery store blend
A winter inspired blend
A small business blend
A blend made in another country
A blend made in your home country
Your oldest tea

February 13 – Mardi Gras! Drink colorful tea or tea from your most colorful tin!
February 14 – World Library Lovers’ Day – Drink a tea that reminds you of a favorite book!
February 23 – World Quiet Day – Drink tea in silence, deep inhale for aroma, and no screens allowed!

A tea that makes you feel extra cozy
A tea that energizes you
A tea ordered online
A tea bought “in-store”
An unflavored black tea
Your cheapest tea
Your most unusual tea

March 8 – International Women’s Day – drink a tea from a woman-owned company or named for a woman.
March 14 – Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday – drink a tea to celebrate the many, many March birthdays of Steepster!
March 20 – International Day of Happiness – drink a tea that makes you feel happy!

A breakfast tea
A floral tea
An evening tea
An unflavored green
Your tea with the shortest name
Your tea with the longest name
Your current favorite daily drinker

Happy 2024! So I did decently last year, reducing my tea count by just over 60. As usual, I did pretty great in the first half of the year, but started to go downhill after that.

Total 2021 Sipdowns: 520
Total 2022 Sipdowns: 450
Total 2023 Sipdowns: 419

TOTAL 2024 SIPDOWNS: 67

Starting cupboard size: 214
Ending cupboard size: TBD

Goals:
- Under 150 teas by the end of 2024
- Maximum of 1 order per month
- Limit advent calendars to 5

January
Sipdowns: 6
Teas In: 6

February
Sipdowns: 0
Teas In: 0

March
Sipdowns: 7
Teas In: 6
Subscriptions: Old Barrel

April
Sipdowns: 0
Teas In: 19
Subscriptions: Obubu
Ending Cupboard Size: 219

May
Sipdowns: 36
Teas In: 63
Ending Cupboard Size: 245

June
Sipdowns: 17
Teas In: 33
Subscriptions: Old Barrel
Ending Cupboard Size: 256

July
Sipdowns: 1
Teas In: 0
Ending Cupboard Size: TBD

Shae said

My sipdown progress for 2023 was abysmal. Thank goodness this is all just for fun. I ended the year with a higher count than I started, due in part to a hefty TTB (I typically add everything to my cupboard, even little samples). There were also plenty of tea purchases – I didn’t restrict myself too much there. I’m going to keep a similar goal for 2024. The plan is to finish off all of the older teas in my cupboard (anything older than three years) and anything with a “best by” date in 2024. It’s a lofty goal and one I’ve never met, but it’s a practical challenge.

2023 Sipdown Total: 122
2024 Sipdown Goal: 285
Starting cupboard size: 481

January: 25
February: 28
March: 13
April: 0
May: 0
June: 3
July:

2024 Sipdown Total: 69
Ending cupboard size: ???

1st Sipdown of 2024 — Forest Joy (Skogsförjd) by Nabo
Final Sipdown of 2024 — ???

Shae said

2024 Sipdown Progress Challenge – January

x January 1 – Happy New Year → Forest Joy (Skogsförjd) by Nabo
x January 12 – National Hot Tea Day → Blueberry by The Dark Tickle Co. Newfoundland
x January 20 – National Coffee Break Day → Dark Chocolate by Teeccino

x A CTC tea → Assam CTC by Lupicia
x A grocery store blend → Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
x A winter inspired blend → Sparkling Sugar Plum by The Whistling Kettle
x A small business blend → Mordor by Liquid Proust Teas
x A blend made in another country → Perseus by THEODOR
x A blend made in your home country → Immortal Monk by High Garden
x Your oldest tea → Lapsang Souchong by Mountain Rose Herbs

Shae said

2024 Sipdown Progress Challenge – February

x February 13 – Mardi Gras → Matcha Blueberry by Simpson & Vail
x February 14 – World Library Lovers’ Day → Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
x February 23 – World Quiet Day → Enchanted Christmas by Trader Nicks Tea Company

x A tea that makes you feel extra cozy → Chroning by Gnat and Bee
x A tea that energizes you → Sunskate Mini by white2tea
x A tea ordered online → Merci Mille Fois by Lupicia
x A tea bought “in-store” → 1777 Tea Party by Wedgwood
x An unflavored black tea → Tea Break by Lupicia
x Your cheapest tea → Vana Holy Basil Tulsi by Mountain Rose Herbs
x Your most unusual tea → Lumberjack Black by Jolie Tea Company

Shae said

2024 Sipdown Progress Challenge – March

x March 8 – International Women’s Day → Scorpio’s Passion by Satori Tea Company
x March 14 – Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday → Classic Bai Lin Gong Fu “Golden Monkey” Black Tea of Fuding by Yunnan Sourcing
x March 20 – International Day of Happiness → Strawberry by Lupicia

x A breakfast tea → Kilimanjaro by Lupicia
x A floral tea → Tennessee Honeysuckle by High Garden
x An evening tea → Strawberry Decaf by My Cup of Tea (USA)
x An unflavored green → Kuki Cha by Sugimoto America
x Your tea with the shortest name → Yume by Lupicia
x Your tea with the longest name → Darjeeling The First Flush by Lupicia
x Your current favorite daily drinker → Jin Jun Mei (Unknown from China)

Shae said

2024 Sipdown Progress Challenge – April

x April 1 – April Fool’s Day → Squirrely by Adagio Custom Blends, Christa Y
x April 22 – Earth Day → English Breakfast by High Garden
x April 29 – World Wish Day → Black Magic by High Garden

x A convenient tea → Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
x A pantry staple → Two Seasons by teakruthi
x A tea from a swap or a sample → Cranberry Tea (TF27) by Upton Tea Imports
- A tea that reminds you of a garden
x A tea that comes in a special shape → 2012 Gold Mini-Brick Ripe by Mandala Tea
x A tea with a special meaning to you → Antelope Flats by Tea Hive
x Your current favorite flavored black tea → Lychee Congou Black by High Garden

Shae said

2024 Sipdown Progress Challenge – May

- May 4 – Herb Day
- May 10 – Clean Your Room Day
- May 20 – Pick Strawberries Day

- A floral green
- A floral black
- A bowl or grandpa style tea
- Your oldest non-puerh
- Your tea closest to sipdown
- Your tea farthest from sipdown
- A “guest favorite” tea

Shae said

2024 Sipdown Progress Challenge – June

- June 5 – World Environment Day
- June 18 – International Picnic Day
- June 28 – Cream Tea Day

- A white tea
- A peachy tea
- A tea from India
- A tea from Africa
- A refreshing summer tea
- A tea you bought multiples of
- Your oldest oolong

Kelmishka said

Last year I wanted to reach 75 sipdowns, but I ended up with 58. Not great, but not terrible!

This year I’m keeping my goal of 75 sipdowns… why not be aspirational!? I consider something a sipdown if I originally had at least two servings of it.

2024 sipdown goal: 75

January: 8
February: 2
March: 4
April: 6
May: 3

June:

July:

August:

September:

October:

November:

December:

Total 2024 sipdowns so far: 23

Kelmishka said

January Sipdown Challenge

_ January 1: Happy New Year! – Drink a tea you’d love to have all year!
_ January 12: National Hot Tea Day – Have a tea that is close to a sipdown!
_ January 20: National Coffee Break Day – Take a break with a coffee flavored tea, and if you don’t have one, just take a break with a favorite cuppa!

_ A CTC tea
_ A grocery store blend
[x] A winter inspired blend: Candy Cane Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha (52Teas)
[x] A small business blend: Brown Butter Custard Genmaicha (52Teas)
[x] A blend made in another country: Elbhangglück (Teerausch)
[x] A blend made in your home country: Blueberry Lemon Fluff (52Teas)
_ Your oldest tea

Additional sipdowns:
Found Family (Call Me Sweetea)
Cherry Blossom (Harney & Sons)
Peach Praline Green Tea (52Teas)
Maple Apple Kukicha (52Teas)
Earl Grey Cheesecake (52Teas)
Total: 8

Kelmishka said

February Sipdown Challenge

_ February 13: Mardi Gras! Drink colorful tea or tea from your most colorful tin!
_ February 14: World Library Lovers’ Day – Drink a tea that reminds you of a favorite book!
_ February 23: World Quiet Day – Drink tea in silence, deep inhale for aroma, and no screens allowed!

_ A tea that makes you feel extra cozy
[x] A tea that energizes you: Don’t Gimme No Bammer (Hella Tea)
_ A tea ordered online
_ A tea bought “in-store”
_ An unflavored black tea
_ Your cheapest tea
_ Your most unusual tea

Additional sipdowns:
Chocolate Malt Dream Black Tea (52Teas)

Total:
2

Kelmishka said

March Sipdown Challenge

[x] March 8: International Women’s Day – Drink a tea from a woman-owned company or named for a woman: Strawberry Jam & Toast (Dessert by Deb)
_ March 14: Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday – Drink a tea to celebrate the many, many March birthdays of Steepster!
_ March 20: International Day of Happiness – Drink a tea that makes you feel happy!

[x] A breakfast tea: Tea Bread Black Tea (52Teas)
_ A floral tea
_ An evening tea
_ An unflavored green
_ Your tea with the shortest name
[x] Your tea with the longest name: Never Rub Another Man’s Rhubarb Black Tea (52Teas)
_ Your current favorite daily drinker

Additional sipdowns:
Purple Needle Black Tea

Total:
4

Kelmishka said

April Sipdown Challenge

_ April 1: April Fool’s Day – Don’t have tea. Just kidding! Have a fun cuppa!
_ April 22: Earth Day – Lift your cup in tribute to the tea farms and those who bring us our favorite beverage – bonus points for an earthy tea!
_ April 29: World Wish Day – Drink a tea you wish you could always have on hand!

_ A convenient tea
_ A pantry staple
[x] A tea from a swap or a sample: Cherrifier (Brutaliteas)
_ A tea that reminds you of a garden
_ A tea that comes in a special shape
_ A tea with a special meaning to you
_ Your current favorite flavored black tea

Additional sipdowns:
Cinnamon Rooibos Chai (DavidsTea)
Cranberry Creme Black Tea (52Teas)
Lychee Congou (Simpson & Vail)
Inka Chocolade (Tante T)
Banana Eggnog Oolong (52Teas)

Total:
6

Kelmishka said

May Sipdown Challenge

_ May 4: Herb Day – Drink an herbal tea
_ May 10: Clean Your Room Day – Tidy a tea box or shelf and drink something neglected
_ May 20: Pick Strawberries Day – Drink a strawberry (or fruity) tea

_ A floral green
_ A floral black
_ A bowl or grandpa style tea
_ Your oldest non-puerh
_ Your tea closest to sipdown
_ Your tea farthest from sipdown
_ A “guest favorite” tea

Additional sipdowns:
Grape Sencha (Den’s Tea)
Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha (52Teas)
Mystery black tea of unknown provenance

Total:
3

Kelmishka said

June Sipdown Challenge

_ June 5: World Environment Day – Drink an organic tea
_ June 18: International Picnic Day – Have tea outdoors
_ June 28: Cream Tea Day – Have tea with pastries or tea with cream/milk

_ A white tea
_ A peachy tea
_ A tea from India
_ A tea from Africa
_ A refreshing summer tea
_ A tea you bought multiples of
_ Your oldest oolong

Additional sipdowns:
French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam Black Tea (52Teas)
Panettone Black Tea (52Teas)

Total:
2

Kaylee said

Thank you for doing this again, ashmanra! Didn’t reach my sipdown goal last year, but I did successfully finish off all my lingering advent calendars and countdown boxes. Aiming for 100 this year and feeling optimistic.

January
sipdown: 3

a blend made in your home country – Flyest Not Coffee Vol. 2

February
sipdown: 4

a tea ordered online – Adagio Ginger
a tea bought “in-store” – DavidsTea Throat Rescue

March
sipdowns: 2

an evening tea – Herald Tea Organic Field Blend (previously Organic Chamomile Hojicha)

April
sipdowns: 7

a tea that comes in a special shape – Tea Thoughts Flower GABA Cake
a convenient tea – Java Momma Tropical Peaches

May
sipdowns: 3

a tea closest to sipdown – Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company Dong Ding Oolong-Heavy Roast

June
sipdowns: 6

July
sipdowns: 5 (technically given away, but they’re out of my stash!)

Leafhopper said

Last year was a writeoff when it came to sipdowns. It didn’t help that I went on yet another tea-buying spree. As usual, I’d like to have more tea going out than coming in.

January
Oriental Beauty by Floating Leaves (60 g)
Shan Lin Shi Oolong by Cha Yi (15 g)
Chilai Shan by Cha Yi (15 g)
Dong Ding Ms. Lin by Camellia Sinensis (50 g)
Tong Mu Guan by Cha Yi (25 g)
Ma Su Old Bush Lapsang by Wuyi Origin (25 g)

February
Alishan by Cha Yi (50 g)
Margaret’s Hope Premier Moonlight 2023 FF by Thunderbolt (25 g)

March
Meizhan Jin Jun Mei by Wuyi Origin (25 g)
Bamboo Forest Lapsang 2023 by Wuyi Origin (25 g)
2023 Anji Bai Cha by Teavivre (50 g)

April
Huang Guan Yin Jinjunmei by Sipscollection (25 g)
Shanlinxi Little-Tieguanyin Oolong by Sipscollection (50 g)
Castleton Floral Spring CL FF 2023 by Thunderbolt (25 g)

May
Winter 2023/2024 Baozhong by Ethan Kurland (30 g)
Spring 2023 Longfengxia by Ethan Kurland (50 g)
Crimson Beauty by Floating Leaves (60 g)

June
2024 Meng Ding Huang Ya by Treasure Green (50 g)
Mingqian Bi Luo Chun by Treasure Green (25 g)
First Pluck Bi Luo Chun by Seven Cups (25 g)
Handmade Ming Qian Dong Ting West Mountain Bi Luo Chun by Teavivre (50 g)

In: 780 g
Out: 745 g

ashmanra said

You’re welcome to everyone who said thank you for doing the sipdown prompts! I wanted to respond to each of you individually but I didn’t want to mess up your lay-out for keeping track of your sipdowns by inserting a comment, but finally realized I could respond as a separate post!

Thank YOU to all who participate! This really adds to the fun of Steepster for me and I love seeing your posts here on the best community ever!

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