I drink entirely too much tea. I belong to a tea mailing list and I read a tea newsgroup. It’s kind of sad, really. But no matter how much tea I drink (I usually down about 4-5 mugs during the workday, all decaf, of course), I still buy way more than I ever actually drink. I don’t think I’ve ever fully completed a bag/tin of loose tea — and I have a lot laying around the house. Of course I’ve finished boxes of tea bags before, but with loose tea, until you get really adept at buying it, it’s really easy to overestimate how much you’ll drink.

Case in point: I bought 4 ounces of Sow Mee White Tea (my favorite kind) very early this year. I’m still only about halfway through the bag, despite drinking at least 5 mugs a week of it.