Unexpected Places You Can Buy Loose-Leaf Tea In Person

Loose-leaf tea shops are relatively uncommon in the United States. But there are some places you can buy loose tea, that you might not have thought about. This article explores some of those places.

Ethnic food stores

Tea culture is huge in many countries outside the U.S., and it makes sense that ethnic grocery stores can be some of the best places to buy loose-leaf tea. Not only are there products available that are not widely available in the U.S., but the prices are often very good. However, some cultures are more tea-centric than others, so you’ll have better luck looking in certain types of stores than others, and the types of teas you’ll find will depend on the countries or cultures being represented.

Most European groceries will sell a variety of black teas, often traditional blends like Earl Grey or fruit-flavored blends. Middle-eastern groceries typically sell a variety of strong black teas, including Assam, Ceylon, and the like. You will also find blends including cardamom and sometimes other spices, or fragrances like jasmine. There are usually a few smoky Chinese green teas available as well.

Chinese and Vietnamese groceries are a completely different beast; here you will typically find lots of oolong teas, as well as jasmine and other floral-scented teas. Japanese and Korean stores will typically sell Japanese green teas, things like sencha, bancha, genmaicha, hojicha, and the like.

Indian and Pakistani stores also typically sell mostly black tea, usually Assam (for a strong brew) or Darjeeling, for something lighter. These stores also are a great source of bulk spices, great for making masala chai.

Health food stores and cooperative groceries

Nearly all larger health food stores and cooperative groceries in the U.S. have a bulk herb section, which usually also includes tea. Typically, companies like Frontier Coop or Mountain Rose Herbs are the source of the products for sale. The herbs and tea are usually sold in a self-service station, which is great if you want to purchase a small amount of something, such as to sample it.

Spice stores and stands

Tea and spice are a natural pairing as far as retailers are concerned: both are aromatic products that sell for a high price per weight, and have similar storage needs. Look for such stands in farmer’s markets and other markets where there are a lot of small stands. There are even larger, brick-and-mortar stores that specialize in both products.

Cafes or coffee shops that serve loose-leaf tea

Occasionally, coffee shops or cafes that serve loose-leaf tea, will also sell loose-leaf tea to customers who want it. The price usually isn’t the lowest, but you can order a cup of what you’re getting so you know what you’re getting ahead of time. These businesses can be nice when you regularly drink a particularly tea in the cafe, and you want to enjoy the same product at home without having to go through the trouble of ordering it yourself. If you know that a cafe brews and serves loose-leaf, especially if you can see the jars or tins sitting behind the counter, it wouldn’t hurt to ask whether or not they sell it in bulk too. Sometimes businesses don’t even advertise that they do this!

Gift stores and other unexpected retail stores

Loose-leaf tea sometimes shows up in random retail stores that do not focus or specialize in food products. Tea can co-exist with the products sold in these stores because of its long product life, and because it doesn’t take up much space on the shelf. Look for loose-leaf tea for sale in kitchenware stores, gift shops, or anywhere for that matter.

Alex Zorach is the founder and editor of RateTea, a social review site for tea drinkers, featuring reviews, brand listings, and articles on different styles and regions of production. The site also has local place listings and reviews. Explore the Tea Map to discover local tea businesses in your area.

One thing that sets our map apart from other maps published on other websites, is the inclusion of random businesses, such as ethnic groceries, gift shops, or other random retail stores, that sell high-quality loose leaf tea. If they sell it or serve it, it’s fair game for listing on our map!

Are Local Tea Shops Better Than Buying Tea Online?

Tea is an interesting commodity in that it is both widely sold online, and in brick-and-mortar stores. Whether you’re a die-hard tea enthusiast or lifetime tea drinker, or are just getting into the drink, you may be wondering whether it’s a better choice to buy through online stores, or local tea shops.

Here I give a guide to help you decide which choice works best for you.

Pros and cons of buying online

Buying tea online has the advantage of opening up a staggering amount of variety. Nearly all tea companies have online stores, and with increased globalization, it is even possible to find companies that direct-ship from countries of tea production, such as China or India. Shopping online also opens up the possibility for buying the top-quality loose-leaf artisan teas.

There are several disadvantages to online shopping. One is shipping; thankfully, for tea, this cost is usually relatively low, but it can be substantial when you only want to order a small amount. Online shopping is not suited for a small or casual purchase of a single item; it only makes sense for bulk ordering. When shipping overseas, where costs might run as high as $15 for a box of teas, you need to make an even bigger purchase to make the balance worthwhile.

Another disadvantage is that the staggering amount of variety can be intimidating. How do you know what company to buy from when there are literally hundreds to choose from? And many of these companies, in turn, have hundreds of teas in their catalogs.

Buying online is best when you want to buy a relatively large shipment of loose-leaf tea, when you already have an idea of what you are looking for, when you are price-conscious and want to get the best quality and the lowest prices.

Pros and cons of buying an a brick-and-mortar store

Local brick and mortar stores offer a very different sort of advantages over online buying. One is sampling: you can see, and often smell (and in some stores, even brew and taste) the products you are interested in, before buying them. The face-to-face contact with staff, often the owner in very small businesses, can be useful too, especially if the employees are knowledgeable. Local businesses can also impart a sense of community, so you’re not just buying tea, but contributing to the local community in your city or town. And lastly, if you live near a business, it is easy to drop in casually for a quick, small purchase of a single item.

The biggest disadvantage of local stores is lack of availability. Many people in the U.S. don’t live near any stores selling good loose-leaf tea. Some stores might have a good selection, but not have the best quality or freshness of their teas. Other tea shops might be good, but not cover the sort of product you’re looking for (British tea culture and Japanese tea culture, for example, can be pretty non-overlapping).

So what makes sense for me?

My quick answer would be: it depends. It depends on what you’re looking for, and it depends on where you live and what sorts of businesses are near you. Buying online is better for loose tea, the best quality, getting the best deals, and making large purchases. Buying locally is best for supporting your local community, having face-to-face interactions, seeing the product you’re getting up-close, and for making small, casual purchases.

Alex Zorach is the founder and editor of RateTea, a social review site for tea drinkers. The site has a wealth of information about different styles and regions of production, lists of brands, and reviews of specific teas, as well as local place reviews. Visit our tea map to find local businesses in your area.

On Tea Weights: How Much Is A Gram? An Ounce? A Pound?

Loose-leaf tea is typically sold in bulk, measured by weight. In the United States this is usually by ounces and pounds, but because the tea culture in the UK and other countries using the metric system, is much stronger than here in the US, it is also common to see metric measurements, in grams. To add additional confusion, when people typically measure out tea to brew, they use a teaspoon, which is a measure of volume, not weight.

These weights and measurements can be confusing and intimidating to people inexperienced in buying loose-leaf or bulk tea, especially people looking to switch from tea bags to loose-leaf. Here I give a practical guide to explain the weights and give some tips or rules-of-thumb for navigating them. This can help you access and explore the wonderful world of loose-leaf tea, helping you access superior quality and value.

How much is needed to brew a single cup? And how many grams are in a typical tea bag?

Different brands vary widely in the amount of product by dry weight that they pack into a single bag. The typical tea bag on the market contains 1.4-1.8 grams of dry tea. However, it is common for cheaper brands to get as low as 1.2 grams, or even less, and other brands, especially those offering whole-leaf tea in pyramid sachets often pack as much as 2-3 grams in. PG Tips, a famous British brand that is also widely available in the US, caught flack back in 2015 for reducing the contents of their pyramid bags from 3.1 to 2.9 grams, and this amount makes many American brands seem weak in comparison.

The size of cup though is important. English teacup sizes are typically 6-8Oz, whereas a standard American mug or cup is closer to 12 ounces, and many mugs are much larger. If your cup is larger, scale up the amount of leaf you use. For brewing a pot, multiple the amount by the number of cups you plan on brewing, and make sure to fill the water to the right level corresponding to this number of cups.

As a rule of thumb, if I know nothing else about the tea I’m brewing, I use a 12-ounce mug, and I like to use 1.5 grams for a weaker cup, 2.5 for a stronger cup, but I also don’t fill my mug completely.

Grams to ounces to pounds: conversion factors

One ounce is approximately 28.35 grams. There are 16 ounces to a pound, and tea is typically sold in units of 1, 2, 4, or 8 ounces, or larger amounts by the pound. A single ounce is an amount roughly equal to a large sample that will allow you to brew and serve the tea several (11-18) times.

2 ounces, or an eight of a pound, is about 57 grams. This is the smallest amount that some retail shops, such as Teavana, will sell. This will typically brew 22-36 cups.

4 ounces, a quarter pound, is about 113 grams. This is close to the standard medium size of tin (3 by 3 inches) sold by most mainstream companies. If I know I like a tea, but don’t plan on drinking it every day, this is the size I usually buy.

8 ounces, a half pound, is about 227 grams. This corresponds to the larger tins you occasionally see in stores, ones that measure 4 by 4 inches. This is a good choice for favorites, anything you drink in volume.

A full pound (16 ounces) is about 454 grams. This will brew around 200 cups, give or take. I only recommend buying such a large quantity if you plan on drinking a particular tea every day, or if you are in a large family or business or organization where multiple people will be using the same supply.

Companies packaging their product in metric units will typically sell by measures of 500, 250, or 125 grams, which correspond to a little more than a pound, half pound, and quarter pound, respectively.

Ready to go? Experiment.

I hope this article can give you a few useful pointers that will help you both to purchase reasonable sizes at the store, and have a coarsely accurate starting point for knowing how much to spoon out to brew yourself a cuppa (or a pot). But only you can discover what you like best. Try your best, and then adjust to your tastes if you want your cup stronger or milder!

Alex Zorach is the founder and editor of RateTea, a social review website for tea drinkers. The site has a wealth of information on different brands, styles or varieties, and regions of production, and you can read and share reviews of specific teas as well as local businesses.

Get Creative With Iced Tea This Summer

Tea has no calories, but it has lots of antioxidants in basic simple Fresh tea, and even it will help you lose weight. To get the nutritious uses of it you have to try it at home according to your own taste. Here are some healthy summer flavored tea recipes and also flavored iced tea syrups and you can also make unsweetened tea recipe

In summer for refreshment there’s nothing like a revitalizing and fresh pitcher of iced and also can use green tea for flu. Making tea is stress-free and very easy; you can drink it light or strong, drink it without sugar or with sugar. Once you’ve got the essentials, you can start getting imaginative – just follow the simple steps below. You can use flavored iced tea bags.

Empty 4 cups of hot water over 2 teabags into a pitcher and leave for three to five minutes. Eliminate the teabags, and add sugar to taste. take six cups of ice cubes until they melted very well, or you can use 4 cups of cold water. Add in fresh summery lemon slices for some citrus and adding zing, and keep refrigerated for chilling.

Get a little tropical color to your tea by adding fresh fruit like pineapple, peach, and kiwi in to your tea along with half a cup of sugar syrup if you want. By leaving the fruit to infuse in it for a few hours, you’ll be left with a tasty tangy mixture.

For a summer refresher, you can try this strawberry tea:
When your iced tea is still hot, pour in almost half cup powdered sugar and stirring through.
Add one fourth cup lemon juice (lemon tea recipe), lemon and sugar will be like to taste.
Puree 250 grams of fresh strawberries and filter them.
Once your tea is cool, add the strawberry puree and put in the fridge for 30-40 minutes.
So this way you can start getting imaginative with your pitchers of iced tea for you and your friends and family, now you know how to make iced tea, and you can use whatever is in your fruit bowl. You know how to make how to make flavored hot fruit tea recipe.

Tea has no calories, but it has lots of antioxidants in basic simple Fresh tea, and even it will help you lose weight.

Basic simple Fresh hot drink for lose weight. Some healthy summer flavored recipes and tea syrups from you can make unsweetened tea recipes

Assam Tea – A Refreshing And Healthy Beverage To Start The Day

Assam, being one of the largest tea producing regions, is known across the globe for producing premium blends. Its black tea is quite popular in the beverage market for its bright color and strong malty flavor. Unlike the Himalayan regions, here tea is cultivated in lowlands. Bold Assam brew serves perfect as Irish and English breakfast teas. To have a hearty and refreshing drink right at the starting of the day buy Assam tea from a bulk online company.


It’s not like Darjeeling, Assam teas are harvested twice in a year and therefore, there are two kinds of flushes of this blend. Blends of both the flushes have malty and honey note with distinct texture and flavor. Tippy leaves of second harvest are more esteemed than those of first harvest.

Spring FlushThis is the first harvest that occurs between March and middle of May. These tea leaves have more fragrance, smoothness and mellow than the other flush.

Summer FlushThis second harvest starts from middle of May and continues throughout the summer months. Blends of this flush produce sweet, dark and full-bodied liquor. Summer flush are considered as ‘superior harvest’ and so, Assam tea wholesalers demand high price for them.


Assam black blends taste great with spices and milk because its flavor gets an extra touch with additives. If a drinker wishes to have masala chai, then Assam is the best choice as it has the bold rich taste ideal for making masala chai. A cup of Assam brew with sugar and milk is also perfect as breakfast tea. It’s full-bodied flavor gives a good start to the day. Whole leaves with golden tips are the best to have a tasty cup of Assam.

Serve Assam brew in a white cup because its bright copper color liquor is very attractive. One can smell the sultry aroma of this blend and enjoy the robust malty taste. Assam brews are best enjoyed right in the morning. Remember spring flush will have sweeter flavor than the summer flush.


Like all other varieties of black blends, Assam teas also have high caffeine level. This is what makes it a wonderful breakfast tea. One cup of Assam black brew contains 80 mg of caffeine. In fact, Assam surpasses Ceylon and Earl Grey blends in this context.

However, Assam tea has high demand in wholesale beverage market of India. Taste it!

The writer has great interest in different kinds of teas. He has done sufficient research on Assam tea and has found out that the finest quality Assam tea is available from wholesale producers in India. His articles give basic idea about this beverage.

The World’s Healthiest Green Tea


With people becoming more health conscious there has been an increase on the consumption of tea. This is understandable because tea has been linked to fighting aging, heart disease and even certain cancers. But with all the tea on the market one stands out because of its known health benefits. Green tea has been seen as the health elixir of all tea, but what form is best? Or did you know there are different types all together?


Little do most people know that there are over 10 types of green tea. With so many types, how is someone suppose to know the difference. Let alone which type of green tea is the best for health benefits like weight loss, energy, and antioxidants. Well here are a few, just to give you a brief introduction.

1) Sencha- This is the most commonly used and widely consumed. Great for weight loss.

2) Fukamushi Sencha- Is steamed twice as long as regular sencha in the processing method. The steaming process makes the leaves a little powdery and gives the tea a stronger flavor and allows the tea to be absorbed faster by the body. This gives you a faster energy burst and allows you to digest more of the teas nutrition.

3) Kabusecha- Is covered with a cloth or reed screen one week prior to picking the green tea leaves. This allows for the leaves to get a darker shade and enhances the flavor.

4) Matcha- Is like none of the others. It only comes in a powdered form and is only made in Japan. It is grown like regular green tea then covered with a cloth for weeks to increase its chlorophyll content. When the leaves are picked they are then ground into a powder. The Matcha Powder is then prepared by mixing with water and drinking. With matcha the entire tea leaf is consumed, and because of this its one of the healthiest teas on earth. Just one cup is equivalent to 10 cups of Sencha.


After speaking with multiple tea merchants and health coaches many agree that matcha tea is the healthiest form of green tea. Matcha has 10 times more antioxidants than other natural teas, and helps the body block the absorption of fat cells. This is great especially for those new years resolutions. Not to mention the caffeine in matcha is alkaline based, so it doesn’t give off a jittery feeling and the effects can last 4-6 hours without a crash.


1) 10 times more antioxidants than any other tea
2) Increased Energy Levels-Alkaline Based (1/3 caffeine of coffee)
3) Blocks Absorption of Fat Cells
4) Filled with Cancer Fighting Catechins
5) Helps Lower Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

With health benefits like the ones above you have to give matcha tea a try. If your drinking green tea for health benefits, you might as well drink the best type right?

Tips for Making Matcha Tea


In the traditional sense, Matcha has mainly been used in japan during their tea ceremony known as Chanoyu. The current situation however is that Matcha is being prepared and drunk in casual settings, with emphasis being on the iced Matcha, which has become the new favorite drink in Japan due to its refreshing and delicious attributes especially in the hot and sultry weather. Matcha in this case refers to a powdered form of green tea, predominantly found in japan, is commonly associated with intricate tea ceremonies whereby tea is whisked and consequently served in special tatami-floored teahouses. Currently, it is possible for anyone to enjoy the delicious Matcha tea in the kitchen by using a few ingredients and utensils, with a little less formality. Below are the directions one can follow in making the delicious bowl of Matcha to be enjoyed at the convenience of your kitchen.


Tea bowl

In the traditional tea ceremony, selection of the appropriate is bowl is a necessity, especially in preparation of Matcha tea. It is imperative that the bowl is sturdy, adequately wide to allow one to whisk in it and pleasing to hold in your hands. One can use a French latte bowl or any other that is considered to be suitable.

The Whisk

Use of the traditional bamboo whisk which is also known as the Chasen is necessary for the preparation of Matcha. While one can also use an electric latte aerator, it is considered to have a different aesthetic experience. Use of a metal whisk is not recommendable and the fact that a bamboo whisk can be purchased from shops that sell Matcha tea or online for less than $15 making it a necessity to be able to enjoy the ideal Matcha tea.

Fine Mesh Sieve

The mesh is necessary to assist in the sifting of the tea.

The other components needed to be able to make the ideal Matcha tea include:

· High grade Matcha tea

· A bamboo scoop also known as a Chashaku although a spoon can be used


· Using a strainer and the Matcha scoop, sift the Matcha tea into the bowl, moving the scoop over the powder gently back and forth and slowly pushing it through. Each step should be approached with a lot of care and mindfulness due to Matcha’s delicate nature.

· Boil approximately 80 Mls of water and allow cooling for about 5 minutes before pouring it into a mug. It is imperative that boiling water is not poured straight on Matcha as it burns the delicate plant structure resulting into the loss of nutrients in the tea.

· Then, steadily whisk the Matcha and water together using the W and M pattern. In order to be able to produce froth, one needs to whist quickly so as to get air through the tea and produce bubbles. You should notice that the Matcha powder does not dissolve completely into the water but is suspended on in the water.

· Once there has been the formation of froth on top, one needs to gently drag the whisk ( chasen ) back and forth, popping any large bubbles. At this point no large bubbles should be present, just a smooth, consistent creamy layer of froth on top, presenting you with a nice, tight crema.

· At this point, you should just sit down and enjoy your tea treat. You should pick up your bowl in your hands and take small but quick sips of the delicious Matcha. Traditionally, your bowl should not be set down until you have drunk all the tea. Once done, traditions recommend that you examine your bowl, admitting its shape and glaze; it is optional though.

4 Essential Skin Benefits You Get Consuming Oolong Tea

Why you should buy oolong tea online. If you have tasted this tea, then you might have been surprised with its unique taste that is quite different from the green, white or traditional black teas. It is also known to many that this tea provides several health benefits such as controlling obesity, fighting free radicals, providing cardiovascular benefits, preventing tooth decay, developing healthy bones, offering relief from stress, fighting bacterial infections and much more. Do you know that this tea also provides several benefits to your skin? Here, we will discuss four major benefits that you can enjoy by consuming oolong tea regularly.

  • Destroys Free Radicals:

When you consume this tea regularly, it works wonders for your skin. According to the experts, exposure to free radicals is the reason for the majority of skin related problems. This tea has a rich source of antioxidants known as polyphenols that wipe out the free radicals. Thus, it saves your skin from a spectrum of problems.

  • Skin Vitality Improves

As we age, the elasticity and tone of our skin start losing the grip. That is why the wrinkles start appearing and we look older. When you drink Oolong tea every day, it improves the skin elasticity and the tone. Thus, the wrinkles gradually get removed and you start looking younger. Moreover, we often need to go out in the sun that further causes damage to the skin. The polyphenols In this tea also give protection against the sun exposure. Thus, the overall vitality of the skin improves with the regular consumption of this tea.

  • Fights Aging effects on the Skin

Our skin gets exposed to the free radicals continuously that speed up the aging process. Moreover, the free radicals’ exposure also slows the exfoliation rate, which further leads to dark spots and wrinkles. To deal with this problem, the oxidation of cells must be slowed down. Oolong tea is inclusive of antioxidants, which are present in high levels. Therefore, regular consumption of this tea lowers the cell oxidation process and the rate of exfoliation, which results in a very healthy looking skin.

  • Helps in the Treatment of Eczema

Eczema or Atopic dermatitis is a very serious skin problem. The dermatologists term is skin condition as a chronic disease that leads to swelling, redness, itching and even infection in the wounds generated due to scratching. Those who are suffering from such skin disease should definitely not just rely on any tea or other supplements to get relief. They must consult the experts for proper dermatological treatment. However, several research works have shown that combining with a proper treatment, if one consumes three or more cups of oolong tea every day, then he or she gets faster relief than the ones who just go with the treatments.Thus, you have many reasons to include this tea in your regular diet.

Soham Daga is Executive Vice President Of Halmari Tea company. Worked at J Thomas for 2 years which included tea tasting on a very big scale and understanding buying patterns of buyers. J Thomas – the largest tea auctioneers in the world and has the largest tasting room in the world. In this article, he is sharing knowledge concerning skin benefits of Oolong tea. It also helps to meet any chronic skin complaint. so, you can buy oolong tea online today.

Guide to Dragon Well Green Tea

How to brew dragon well & how long to steep dragon well
Dragon Well tea should be brewed at approx. 170 F (70-75 C) for about 3 minutes. If you prefer a stronger taste, you can either extend the brewing time or add more than 2 grams in a standard tea cup. This is an optimal process for the best infusion while not breaking down essential ingredients that degrade with the temperatures approaching the boiling point. It’s worth noting that Dragon Well tea can be brewed up to 3 times and each time the aroma and texture will differ, offering a unique taste. It should also be noted that traditionally, this tea was prepared in Yixing clay teapots, but modern porcelain or glassware are most commonly used these days. Once the leaves have been properly steeped, the bright yellow color of the tea should indicate that it is ready for consumption.

The exact steps for preparing Dragon Well tea:
• Heat up the water close to a boiling point
• Take a class and fill it approx. 1/3. This will preheat and sterilize the cup at the same time
• Take about 2 grams of leaves and put them into a tea holder (or if you plan to filter it later directly into the water)
• Pour the rest of the water and gently shake the glass
• Leave it to steep for about 2-3 minutes, longer for a stronger taste
• Filter it and enjoy

How to buy Dragon Well?
When buying Dragon Well tea, look for the supplier that provides the exact area where the tea was produced. Also note that there are six quality grades and they vary quite drastically in the color, taste, and texture. A good indicator of the quality can be seen in the infused leaves and the highest grade Dragon Well tea is characterized by the uniformity and maturity of the tender leaves, which should have a light green color. The lower you get on the quality scale, the color of the infused leaf turns towards bluish specter and the tea itself is more of a greenish color due to excess chlorophyll in the leaves.

How to store Dragon Well
When it comes to storing Dragon Well tea, it is very important to preserve the delicate and exquisite taste. This entails using a proper tea canister which ideally should be opaque, have an airtight lid and prevent other odors getting in contact with the tea leaves. The second thing worth paying attention to is preventing any time of moisture entering the canister. Moisture is the single greatest enemy of Dragon Well tea and it causes oxidization and may even cause mold. Also, keep it away from sunlight as it can degrade the quality of the tea.