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drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
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I started a new job in a very small office. There’s no kitchen. The bathrooms are shared for the entire floor of the office complex. There is a water cooler with instant hot water. I plan to bring in a thermometer to measure the temperature.

Since this is one of my favorite bagged teas, I brought it in for the convenience factor. I may have to get some Steven Smith teas too. Does anyone have any other bagged recommendations? I’m not keen to bring a gravity infuser that I’d have to carry out along with a key to the restroom just to clean it out. There’s no refrigerator here either.

The main flavor note for me is “visiting in Japan in 2007, being driven around Kyuushuu.” It also tastes roasted and woody and twiggy. There’s a light caramel note too, just a little sweet.

Flavors: Caramel, Roasted, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

Since “kettlegate”, I don’t make tea at work at all. I keep no tea/tea equipment at work anymore (since I can’t prepare any hot water at work that doesn’t taste like shit). I always bring tea from home in an insulated thermos in the morning. Often I’ll bring two thermoses, a hot tea thermos and an iced tea thermos.

I’ve really gotten out of bagged tea, mostly because the “crushed to death”/“on shelves for ages”/“designed to be preserved for eons” taste just doesn’t do it for me anymore. The few “bagged” teas I like aren’t really “bagged” teas in that sense, but rather loose leafs that are in sachets — Steven Smith Teamaker, Teapigs, etc. (and though I haven’t tried them yet, pretty sure Harney & Sons has this option as well). There are only a few select bagged grocery store tea flavors I still like, and they are mostly herbals (Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer, Tazo Passion, Stash Apple Cinnamon Chamomile…)

I love these things and just bought another package recently: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078RJGHG3/?coliid=I2ZI2DD50L11PY&colid=3DWOHQU4F44P2&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Corn fiber fillable tea bags. You can measure out your loose leaf however you prefer and just seal it up and leave some in your desk. They leave no taste in the water like paper bags and are biodegrabable on the environment, too. I use them pretty much nightly in my dobin teapot making herbal tea, because herbals require little expansion/don’t really oversteep/and cleanup from the teapot is super easy then! Then you don’t have to feel limited to just bagged tea since you can bag up some teas from home and leave them at work.

Todd

Thanks! I ordered those and a Steven Smith assortment.

derk

Ahh, income. Maybe you can convince your new employer to buy a mini fridge at least. As for teas, I enjoyed the Numi bagged sampler box. That brand is available in most supermarkets.

derk

I retract my suggestion now that I see you don’t care for grocery store teas.

derk

Oh, wait, that was Mastress Alita. I blame this sickness.

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Mastress Alita

Since “kettlegate”, I don’t make tea at work at all. I keep no tea/tea equipment at work anymore (since I can’t prepare any hot water at work that doesn’t taste like shit). I always bring tea from home in an insulated thermos in the morning. Often I’ll bring two thermoses, a hot tea thermos and an iced tea thermos.

I’ve really gotten out of bagged tea, mostly because the “crushed to death”/“on shelves for ages”/“designed to be preserved for eons” taste just doesn’t do it for me anymore. The few “bagged” teas I like aren’t really “bagged” teas in that sense, but rather loose leafs that are in sachets — Steven Smith Teamaker, Teapigs, etc. (and though I haven’t tried them yet, pretty sure Harney & Sons has this option as well). There are only a few select bagged grocery store tea flavors I still like, and they are mostly herbals (Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer, Tazo Passion, Stash Apple Cinnamon Chamomile…)

I love these things and just bought another package recently: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078RJGHG3/?coliid=I2ZI2DD50L11PY&colid=3DWOHQU4F44P2&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Corn fiber fillable tea bags. You can measure out your loose leaf however you prefer and just seal it up and leave some in your desk. They leave no taste in the water like paper bags and are biodegrabable on the environment, too. I use them pretty much nightly in my dobin teapot making herbal tea, because herbals require little expansion/don’t really oversteep/and cleanup from the teapot is super easy then! Then you don’t have to feel limited to just bagged tea since you can bag up some teas from home and leave them at work.

Todd

Thanks! I ordered those and a Steven Smith assortment.

derk

Ahh, income. Maybe you can convince your new employer to buy a mini fridge at least. As for teas, I enjoyed the Numi bagged sampler box. That brand is available in most supermarkets.

derk

I retract my suggestion now that I see you don’t care for grocery store teas.

derk

Oh, wait, that was Mastress Alita. I blame this sickness.

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.

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