…and everything in its place…
When I unexpectedly found the remains of a tuo that I thought I’d polished off some time ago it became apparent that I really needed to re-organise my stash.
I had stuff all over the place, squirrelled away in at least 5 different locations. With a growing sense of unease I began to suspect that I had lost control over what exactly I had in, never mind where it was.
I picked a tea at random – Kenya Rhino.
As it happened, I did indeed have a few grams of those leaves left, but it took me fifteen minutes to locate them. I finally found them in one of a collection of caddies heaped up on top of a box of sheng pu-erh at the very back of an in-built wardrobe.
After a bit of “research“, i.e. opening and closing drawers for twenty minutes, I figured out that if my hardcore daily drinkers occupied one drawer, then my “fancy” teas would fit into another.
The sheng and shou sub-stashes would then be able to live on top of yet another chest of drawers, tucked safely away in the cool and the dark of the aforementioned closet.
I created space for the fancy teas by consolidating the contents of two drawers half full of semi-abandoned electronics projects into one. As I rehoused each caddy into its new abode, I logged it on a spreadsheet.
There had to be a spreadsheet. It’s the law. I used Gnumeric, for those of you of nerdish and curious dispositions.
The spreadsheet is rather simple though, it has to be said. It only lists tea name, where I bought it, and its type. If I want to know if I still have a particular tea in stock, then I can easily add an auto-filter and look for a tea based on any combination of those three fields.
When I finish a tea I simply delete that row of the spreadsheet, as recently happened when I bade a fond farewell to the last of the Malawi Green I bought earlier this year.
One particularly nice upshot of this mini-project has been the rediscovery of several teas I’d simply forgotten that I had in, such as Floral Guranse. For the last few days I’ve been reacquainting myself with the joys of a mid-afternoon pot of this delightful tea.
Of course, the tidying up of my stash was the (relatively) easy bit.
The real fun part’s going to be keeping it that way…