Quick! Think of your favorite mug.
That was easy, wasn’t it? Your favorite mug might be sitting right next to you, or your fingers might be wrapped around it this very moment. It probably sits in a visible spot on a kitchen shelf, and occasionally takes up space in your car’s cup holder. If you’re a true black tea fan, the inside might be stained a faint brown color. There's probably a good story about why you love this mug.
One thing is certainly true: It’s yours and you love it. Tea just might taste better when you’re sipping out of it.
A funny thing happened when I started thinking about favorite mugs, and taking pictures of them: I noticed that everyone around me was clutching a favorite mug. Because that’s what we do with favorite mugs: we clutch them, since they’re near and dear.
I’m including a small smattering of photos I took just this morning of favorite mugs in my life — personally and among coworkers. Why am I doing this, you ask?
We’re introducing: TeaMugging.
It’s basically what it sounds like: Taking a mug shot of your favorite mug. We’d love it if your photo include your hand holding the mug, because we know tea fans are shy and don’t necessarily want their faces in the photos (don’t believe us about this? Read #StuffTeaPeopleLike). And hey, a bonus if there’s some two leaves™ tea brewing in that mug, of course!
To truly kick off the art form of TeaMugging, we’ve got a contest! For the next two weeks or so (until Wednesday, Oct. 23), post your best TeaMugging photos (as many as you want!) on our Facebook page. We’ll pick the one we love the most and award you lucky TeaMugger $25 to spend on our tea, plus a two leaves™ “tea-shirt”!
So to all of you with favorite mugs, take a second, hoist it high, snap a picture, and post it with the hashtag: #TeaMugging.
Really — dazzle us! Grab that favorite mug, and get creative with this photo. And hey, even if you don't win, you'll end up with a nice portrait of your favorite tea mug, which you can frame and hang somewhere. That's not creepy at all ...