I asked blogger and Digital Comms Manager Sally Gurteen to describe her day in tea...
Do you have a daily routine?
I *try* to get up early and take time to prepare the day but often I’ll snuggle in and then rush to work for 8:45am, which is ridiculous considering I can start any time between 8am and 10am. In the spring and summer, I walk at sunset to clear out my head and find neighbourhood cats to say hello to.
Could you tell us what you do?
I work for a digital marketing agency that specialises in Search (SEO) as a Digital Communications Manager. My role is wildly varied from client to client but I have the pleasure of working with Selfridges, Lindt Chocolate, JING Tea and Lay & Wheeler, who are all pretty awesome. Mostly, I manage relationships of all varieties – from key internal peeps to the community of the brand – as well as managing content strategies and PR. You’ll find me on Twitter A LOT.
When's your first cup of tea?
Well, since I gave up caffeine (yup, I don’t drink coffee OR have a cat), I’ve become quite partial to white tea – specifically JING’s Jasmine Silver Needle, which I fell in love with when I first start working for them and I pretty much haven’t stopped talking about it since.
If I’m working from home, I’ll brew one carefully in my special infuser mug as the first thing I do. If I’m in the office, it’s normally around 11am when I’m trying not to snack on all the chocolate behind my desk.
What's your preferred tea-making ritual?
Like I said, I’m responsible for inspiring people to enjoy JING and along the way, made myself mad obsessed with their amazing tea, as well as their beautiful glassware. I have this splendid infuser mug made from hand-blown glass that means I can watch the loose leaf tea unfurl before my eyes. I also have a super pretty glass tea timer to watch the grain of sands fall through. Perfect for an afternoon green tea and escapism from my desk!
Did you drink tea as a child?
Nope, I totally hated the stuff and only drank tea as an adult because people were kind enough to make it for me. I don’t drink breakfast tea at all anymore and prefer green or white – or floral numbers like whole rosebuds.
Confess. Can you say no to biscuits or cake? Are you a dunker?
I pretty much have an obsessive cooking disorder, as in, I just can’t stop baking. So no, of course I can’t say no and I’m the reason everyone else can’t say no. I am a total feeder.
Which is your favourite cuppa of the day?
Late morning or late afternoon, to bring focus back to my distracted head.
Is there one break that's non-negotiable?
Lunch. I get so mad at people who sit at their desks that I’ve started to bring extra lunch with me so at least I can drag one person away from their screen and have a good chat with them.
Milk or tea in the cup first?
For me, neither. But if shit has hit the fan and I need a proper brew, please do put the tea in first.
And finally, any projects or news you’d like to talk about?
Hmm, I’ve started this little series on my blog called ‘The Larder’ where I talk through curious, special or unusual ingredients or products I’ve come across. I’d love your suggestions. Get a cup of tea and come on over to my Twitter and let me know your recommendations!