When you shop online for tea, you can’t touch or taste the product. So how do you know what to look for and how can you make sure you get good quality tea without overpaying? I’m sure there are more, but here’s a list of 5 things to look out out for when buying tea online.
1. The origin of the tea you’re buying - do they tell you the tea origin of each blend? Why is this important? Because it tells you something about the quality of the tea you’re getting. You need a little more than just “Black tea”. You need to know whether it’s Ceylon tea, Assam tea, Chinese tea, etc.
2. Just enough variety but not too much - Look for companies that specialize in certain types of tea or ones that don’t carry too many flavors. For example, 100 different flavors is too much. Why? Because the more flavors they carry, the harder it is to keep your tea fresh. You’ll end up paying the price with stale tea.
3. The use of natural and/or organic flavorings - This is important, because it can make or break the flavor of your tea. Natural and organic flavorings make a huge difference in the taste. These teas are usually more expensive, but it’s worth it.
4. Ability to purchase samples - This is the best way to try many different types of teas without having to buy too much of one tea. Otherwise, if you order a tea that you don’t like, you’re stuck with a lot of it.
5. Low shipping rates and good free shipping deals - You shouldn’t pay a lot for shipping when it comes to tea. Tea is light and fairly inexpensive to ship. Look for flat rates ($5.00 or less) and make sure you don’t have to buy $50 worth of tea to get free shipping.
Hopefully, you’re getting these and more from your favorite tea store. If not, start shopping around.
Do you often buy the cheapest tea on the market? And do you only drink bagged tea? After reading this article, you might want to give up tea bags altogether and switch to loose tea. You also might want to shell out a few more bucks on your tea because quality does matter. What they found in the tea bags from these companies will shock you, and if it’s happening in the U.K., it’s probably happening in the U.S. too!
GNC is carrying our loose teas! Just go to the GNC store located on 39-07 Main St., Flushing, NY 11354 (718-353-0406) and ask for Teajo Teas. Here’s all you need to do:
- Buy any 2 teas
- Take a photo outside the store showing your purchase
- Email it to email@example.com -OR- upload to your Facebook page or include photo in a Tweet
- We’ll send you a 16 oz. Smart Tea Maker!
I found this awesome green tea smoothie recipe online, and the timing couldn’t be better. It’s hot here in Florida…really hot. Not only is this tea smoothie, refreshingly cool and delicious, it’s loaded with health benefits as well. Just check out the ingredients. It’s got different types of berries, flaxseed and other awesome ingredients. Try substituting different types of tea like black, white or rooibos as well.
There’s nothing complex about this iced tea recipe I discovered while browsing for something unique and refreshing. That said, this recipe has refreshing and flavor written all over it! Cucumber, fresh berries, mint and your favorite tea. What I like about it is the combination of savory and sweet (naturally, of course). Rachel (the blogger) uses mate, but I would recommend trying black tea, green tea or even rooibos. Here’s the full recipe…enjoy!
If you’ve been trying to order samples of either our Silky Earl Grey or Lemon Ginger Sencha teas, you’ve probably noticed that we’re out of stock. The good news is that we’re getting a shipment of a bunch of teas, including these two, by the end of this week! By next week, all loose tea samples will be stocked and available.
Thanks for your patience.
Biodynamic farming is a natural farming method that has been practiced for decades and is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition. In fact, our Assam tea comes directly from a biodynamic tea farm. What does it have to do with tea? A tea farmer who practices biodynamic farming would also harvest other crops in addition to tea. Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Want to learn more about biodynamic farming?
I went to a local farmer’s market today with my family and saw a mother buy a handmade popsicle for her toddler from a local vendor. Of course the minute she gave it to her son, he dropped it. What do you suppose the vendor did? He charged her for another popsicle. I was shocked and couldn’t believe that he was so short sighted. I felt so bad for the mother. This guy totally missed the boat and missed out on a chance to go above and beyond in terms of customer service. All he had to do was give her another one without charging her for it, and she would have remembered him for it. Instead, he was too caught up in losing out on one more sale that he lost sight of the big picture.
Have you ever had something like this happen to you, where a company lost an opportunity to provide you with amazing customer service? I would love to hear your stories.
Last week, I was on the verge of another cold thanks to my twin toddlers. You know that feeling you get when your throat gets real scratchy, you start coughing and your whole body generally feels yucky?
Instead of spending $40 at the local Walgreens on a bunch of cold medicine, cough drops, etc. that never seem to work anyway, I decided to try something different. Someone had told me about Echinacea and other herbs that are great for stopping colds before they get out of control. I picked up the Echinacea at a local natural foods store and happened to have some Peppermint tea in my cupboard. Why not try both? By the way, make sure you get the Echinacea in liquid form. It doesn’t taste great, but it works much better than pills. Just mix it with juice to kill the taste.
Anyway, I had 2 cups of Peppermint tea and 3 doses of Echinacea every day for about 3-4 days. On day 4, I felt so much better and had virtually no symptoms. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, but I was blown away by the results. This natural stuff really works!
The key is to start early at the first sign of symptoms. I’m sure there are other herbs and natural remedies out there that work just as well. My advice is to pick what you like and see what works. For me, I love Peppermint, so that was a no brainer.
There is nothing better than homemade indian chai in the morning. All the cafes have tried to imitate traditional recipes, but they all add syrups, mixes or too much sugar. Here’s our favorite family recipe, which I’m sure you’ll love. It’s spicy, delicious and a great pick me up:
Boil 4 cups water in a pot. Add 3 teaspoons of black tea (CTC is the best, the stronger the better), a few teaspoons of freshly grated ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of tea masala (a blend of spices which you can pick it up at any local indian food store). If you don’t have an indian store nearby, just use dry spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves or star anise.
Boil for 2 minutes and then add lowfat milk. If you don’t like or can’t have dairy, skip the milk. Boil for a few more minutes. Warning…don’t leave the pot unattended while the tea with the milk is boiling. Trust me, you’ll have a huge mess on your hands! Avoid this by immediately reducing the temp once the chai begins to boil and moving the pot so that it’s not sitting directly on the burner. Let the chai simmer for a couple of minutes and then strain and serve.
All of this may sound like a lot of work for a cup of tea, but believe me it’s more than just any old tea, and it’s definitely worth it!!!