In a tribute to Jeff Foxworthy of "you might be a redneck if ..." fame, we've noticed there are some very specific things about working at a tea company. Some of them are endearing, some of them prove it's easy to get addicted to top-shelf tea. Most of them should tell you that when it comes to finding a job we can be passionate about, two leaves and a bud was the right fit for all of us.
You know you work at a tea company when ...
- You peel an orange, and someone at a nearby desk asks, "Did you just pour a cup of Earl Grey?"
- The table at a staff meeting looks like this:
- You find yourself talking about tea parties and it has nothing to do with politics.
- Even though you're male, you still get excited talking about Jasmine and Chamomile.
- Drinking five cups of different tea a day doesn't make you weird.
- It takes you over an hour to walk through the tea aisle of a great natural foods store.
- You walk into your local bakery and they give you an order before they take yours.
- The quality of your hotel room is overshadowed by the disappointment you feel with the in-room tea.
- The electric kettle is arguably the hardest working appliance in the office.
- Your wife points out that you have been audibly slurping your wine.
- You rip open tea bags to see what's inside.
- You get e-mails from family members about cool tea gadgets they've seen online, such as:
- You take a trip to Mexico and you pack some tea sachets for the flight (and then panic at customs, wondering if you can bring the tea into the country).
- Tea sachets are your go-to tool for meeting girls: Bring a cute barista a sample of tea, start a conversation. [Word of caution: This method has a 100 percent rate of failure thus far.]