My Morning Tea Routine

my morning tea routine

Since last year, most of my tea drinking has happened at the office.

This is where I spend most of my time.

In this post, I’ll describe my morning tea routine during the weekdays.

It’s not the same each weekend so I’ll leave that part out.

I get out of bed at 5:30 am, and make breakfast for my daughter.

Meanwhile, my wife wakes her up and helps her get ready before the school bus comes.

My daughter leaves at 6:20 am.

At that time I’m not hungry nor thirsty, just sleepy.

So I actually go to bed again, until 7 am 🙂

After waking up for the second time, I have a light breakfast without tea nor coffee.


I may drink a bit of orange juice.

Then I walk to the office. It’s about 20 minutes away from my home.

I usually listen to podcasts in Japanese while I walk. The idea is to avoid forgetting the language, because I don’t really get to speak it much.

Before 8 am, I’m already at the office. This is when I get ready to drink tea.

The first thing is to heat the water. I use my Zojirushi water boiler for that.

It holds 4 liters (135 oz) of water.

Work officially starts at 9, but since I always have things to take care of before that, I begin working at 8:30 am.

That means that I have half an hour to enjoy tea without being busy.

But I don’t focus on the tea exclusively, unfortunately.

It’s basically a time where I gather my thoughts. However, I wouldn’t call it a moment of mindfulness.

I like to drink tea in small cups. 60 ml (2 oz) or less.

Besides that, I use a small kyusu. Its capacity is just 160 ml (5.3 oz).

There’s a 90% chance that my first tea of the day will be a green tea. And out of that, 80% would be sencha.

That doesn’t mean that I won’t be drinking different kinds of tea during the day.

But I just start with a sencha out of habit.

Besides the taste, I enjoy smelling the wet tea leaves.

It gives me much pleasure.

I’ll do all of the possible infusions of a given tea.

The last infusion will be 10 seconds or less in boiling water.

As soon as I finish my first tea, I’ll prepare a different one.

I’ll drink at least two teas each morning.

As long as I’m at the office (which isn’t always the case because I have to leave the office at least twice a day), I’ll continue to drink tea throughout the day.

But I can’t give you a detailed description because it isn’t the same each time.

Once I’m back home, it’s too late for me to drink more tea.

I may have trouble sleeping because of the caffeine.

But I’ll drink a last one if I have a pending tea review.

I usually review teas at night because that’s when I have the most free time.

Nevertheless, I consider my first tea in the morning to be the most important.

It sets the tone for the rest of the day.

If for some reason I don’t start drinking tea when I get to the office, the day will become much more stressful and hectic.

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