Staring April 1, I’m starting a 30 day tea challenge, which means I will drink the same 3 teas until I’ve depleted my supply of those teas. This is easier said than done because I like varieTEA which makes it a challenge for me to limit my choices. I usually drink what I’m in the mood for which translates to a black tea in the morning, a green tea in the afternoon and a tisane (aka herbal which includes rooibos) in the evening, but also enjoy oolong, white, or puerh (fermented black).
So how do I decide which teas to start with? First, I took an inventory of all my tea, which does not include samples from friends lest we be here all day. I also did NOT include the bagged teas stored in my tea cabinet (in the front panels) but the tea that lives behind those doors are stored in tins just waiting for me to drink.
After I pulled everything out, I have over 60 teas! Next, I grouped by where I received or purchased the tea. I even have a category for teas I’m going to giveaway because all teas need a happy home. Finally, teas that have been on my shelf the longest have prioriTEA because the majoriTEA have a shelf life, approximately 2 years, with some exceptions, like matcha. So I have the time sensitive section for those teas.
Above is a mind map I created for the inventory which helped me visualize what I have and quickly organize and move things around. There are a few teas that will always be on hand because they are my favorite. These will not be a part of the tea challenge and I’ll plan to share a post about why I consider them essential in my tea life.
Since the March is quickly drawing to a close, I need to decide which teas I’ll be drinking for the challenge along with some maybe a second and third tier of options because the goal is to finish teas! I will probably start with the time sensitive teas first. Which teas sound interesting to you? Which would you start with? Suggestions on the which teas I should select as second and third options based on the inventory mind map?