Tag Archives: life hacking

Give me some Lip

16 Feb
Lipton + Bosanski caj

You put WHAT in WHAT?

I know I rag on Lipton, but it does have its uses. With the right touch, it can even make a good stand-in for morning coffee.

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Level 2 Tea Hacking

9 Feb
Tea leaves:  just another substance that makes your body feel good and your wallet feel bad.

Tea leaves: just another substance that makes your body feel good and your wallet feel bad.

Put on your robe and wizard hat, it’s time for another round of leaf-juice sorcery.

Now that we’re stepping up our game to loose leaves, this is where it’s really, really nice to have some teatime swag. Brand matters less than function. I’ve got a Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, but any infuser worth its salt will do. Note that with tea hacking, you will never produce the all-around “perfect” cup of tea. You will only produce a rather mindblowing cup of tea, which will incidentally be perfect for you.

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Tea Hacking: College Edition

2 Feb
With a bit of hacking, your bag of blah can taste like it came from the Queen's own pot.

With a bit of hacking, your bag of blah can taste like it came from the Queen’s own pot.

Tea is a high-maintenance lady. Delicate whites need to be coaxed into flavor, greens require careful monitoring to escape bitterness, and blacks can’t be left to their own devices for too long, or else you’ve got a steaming cup of oh-god-why-did-I-even-bother.

This lady takes time and patience, and of course, that’s the one thing we college kids don’t have. We’re bounding between classes and projects and rehearsals and meetings, and when we’ve got a moment to breathe, it’s just long enough to hide under the cozy-but-kind-of-itchy blanket of procrastination. (Hi Tumblr. Hi Facebook.)

If tea is gonna get us through all that, then our cup of leaf juice needs to be fan-freaking-tastic without the load of prep time. Even when you’re on the go, grabbing a quick one from the cafĂ© turns out to be not-so-quick as you nurse a scalded tongue, waiting just to be able to take a sip. It’s like tea refuses to be chuggable; that instant Tazo from Starbucks doesn’t come with instant gratification.

But some of us don’t take “No” for an answer. Busy students, you can have your tea and drink it, too. How? Tea hacking. Continue reading