Tea potty

Being a desk Munki I tended to get through a lot of coffee. Despite the fact that I love coffee it was leaving me very fatigued at the end of the day and I think is may have contributed to a headache or two that I suffered. As a consequence of this I decided to only get my coffee from a real coffee shop at weekends and though the week I would drink tea of some sort.

This started costing me a lot in the herbal tea bags that I was using. (I don’t really like black tea that much). Mrs Munki then bought me a really cool teapot for Christmas, from the Brew Tea Co. This holds about a cup to two cups and has a kind of inbuilt strainer. This meant that I could now buy loose tea of a decent quality and enjoy it whilst at work. The tea pot itself is a little taller than a normal can of Coke but about the same diameter. It comes in a couple of colours in relations to seals on the lid.

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The bonus about this particular tea pot is that the tea leaves/roots that I have used stay in the body of the pot and are really easy to clean away. I have used strainers and all sorts in the past and they have either been a pain to clean, messy or fiddly to use. This product has a really simple design that looks good too.

Wow I bet you can’t believe a tea pot can be this awesome? Well I have managed to find a couple of slight issues. The metal lid can get hot, as you would expect with boiling water and steam around it. Plus the body of the pot gets hot too as it’s not insulated. But this runs true for any ceramic tea pot and the handle makes sure I don’t need to touch any of the hot bits. Also the silicon seal around the base of the strainer does move up if it gets caught when putting the lid on. It still keeps the hot water in the pot and usually returns to the correct place when you take the lid off. So really it’s not that big of an issue, but something my super Munki eyes noticed.

Would I recommend this for a gift or a useful item for work? For sure, it doesn’t take up much additional space on my already crowed desk and it has helped me stay hydrated and manage my urges for my beloved coffee.

Why all the fuss over a tea pot? Well the other side of the tea pot is the tea or stuff that you put in it. As I already mentioned I’m not a great fan of black tea, so I have been using more herbal teas or tisanes (if you want to be posh) like camomile, liquorice and green tea. But the cost of these is pretty expensive if you are looking at something decent. Decent is a term I am using here, in relation to the fact that I want to get some health benefits from what I am spending my money on and not just something to flavour and colour my hot water. The majority of herbal teas appear to contain some sort of ground up unidentifiable powder. That seems to taste ok, but I’m a demanding Munki and that’s not enough.

The benefits of the teas I drink are:
Liquorice – Has anti-inflammatory properties that may ease the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, which is a bonus for me and my osteoarthritis. It also appears to enhance immunity by boosting levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical that fights off attacking viruses. It also contains powerful antioxidants.
Yerba Mate – Has antioxidants, including quercetin, theobromine, and theophylline. Vitamins B and C. Minerals include manganese, potassium, and zinc. Plus yerba mate is supposed to give you the “energy”of caffeine without the negative side effects.
Green Tea – Has a polyphenol that intensifies the rate the body burns fat and helps with weight control. It also works at reducing the bad cholesterol, improving the ratio of LDL to HDL Cholesterol in the blood, along with having an amino acid that has a relaxing effect. Best of all for an Old Munki it apparently helps with wrinkles and the signs of old age.
Camomile – Can help with stomach problems, headaches and help with relaxation. A lot of the problems I end up suffering as an office Munki.
As with anything I take the reported benefits with some healthy scepticism, but I need to drink and every little or any little helps. I have such a number so I can mix them up, as drinking too much of a good thing does have a downside to it and obviously as an Old Munki I don’t want this, as I have enough to put up with. I am now able to buy these as loose teas and I can actually see what I am getting, actual liquorice root, camomile flowers and chopped leaves.
I have bought these from the Parched Tea Bar Amazon shop as they are reasonably priced and good quality.
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Plus because I am using good stuff I can usually get two full tea pots out of one level tea spoon of tea. That’s about 3 or 4 cups. Before this I was using 1 tea bag for every cup of tea, so this way is better for my health and better for my bank balance. Herbal tea is definitely something to consider as an alternative to coffee or juices.

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