Don’t know where to go to buy tea online? I’m sharing my list of tea sellers I trust. Get shipping info, how to buy loose tea, and tips on buying tea.
Best Tea brands to buy online
My picks for the best tea companies online. In my personal experience, they all sell high-quality tea and provide great customer service.
If you’re starting to get into loose tea, Harney & Sons is a great place to start. (I always thought they were based in England but they’re a US brand.)
- Wide selection of good quality tea for the price.
- Excellent place to get tea sachets since they have a big range to choose from.
- My go-to brand when looking for tea for recipes or lattes.
- Get their tea from their site directly instead of Amazon which can do huge markups.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: To get into tea, start buying loose tea instead of tea bags. Loose tea is a higher quality tea.
If you’re looking for higher-quality loose tea, In Pursuit of Tea is where you should start.
- They directly source their loose leaf tea from tea farms.
- Been in the tea business since 1999 — they’re one of the most established.
- They’re super friendly so if you have any question about your order or any of the teas they carry, don’t be afraid to email them!
Te Company is where I get most of my oolong teas from and the roasted oolongs are my favorite at the moment — they’re good both iced and hot.
- Specializes in Taiwanese oolong teas.
- They get their tea by personally visiting tea farms and tasting their tea. (This is where price differences come in and what you’re paying a premium for.)
- Known for their delicious and famous pineapple linzer cookie.
SHIPPING: Free for orders over $100.
WHAT TO GET: My favorite — the Frozen Summit Reserve, a roasted oolong. I LOVE it.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Smaller tea shops tend to hand select their tea collection by visiting tea farms in Asia and tasting each tea they purchase. It’s rare for them to sell tea bags and will only sell high quality loose tea.
My matcha recommendation for recipes and lattes.
- Excellent quality for the price.
- Matcha made in Japan — it’s the real deal unlike other matcha that’s sold on Amazon.
- Buy it on Amazon.com for the best shipping rates.
SHIPPING: Free if you have Amazon Prime, otherwise free on orders over $25.
WHAT TO GET: Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha, which I use in my lattes.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Only buy matcha that comes from Japan. Low quality green tea powder from China can be labeled as matcha but they’ll look more brown than green.
Ippodo is a Japanese tea company that has been in the green tea business for nearly three CENTURIES.
- Sells only Japanese green tea and teaware.
- My go-to place for buying high-quality green tea.
- A drawback is that the site is hard to navigate.
SHIPPING: Free for orders over $35.
WHAT TO GET: Matcha, matcha, matcha.
Based in San Francisco, Song Tea & Ceramics sources and sells high-quality tea and teaware.
- It’s what I would consider luxury tea.
- The price points for their tea and teaware are on the higher end so you may experience some sticker shock.
- Unique teaware you won’t find anywhere else.
- Simple, gorgeous packaging that takes tea to another level.
SHIPPING: Free for a limited time.
WHAT TO GET: I’m obsessed with their Shan Lin Xi Winter Sprout. It LEGIT tastes like cotton candy.
How to Buy Loose Tea Online
Loose tea is sold by ounces or grams. When buying online, they’ll have set minimum amounts.
You will probably use about 4-5 grams of tea for each cup. So for a 50 gram package of tea, you’ll get at least 10 servings.
The minimum ounce sold is usually 2 oz. which converts to about 57 grams of tea. Two ounces of tea is roughly 11 servings.
Tea Buying Tips
- For the higher-quality tea (and more expensive), buy from specialty tea sellers that purchase directly from tea farms.
- Huge chains tend to buy from brokers and the tea quality can vary from bad to good.
- If you want to get the absolute best, get tea from small tea companies that specialize in a certain type of tea. They visit and buy direct from tea farms every year.
- Loose tea is the best quality. Tea sachets contain good quality tea, and tea bags contain the lowest quality tea.
- Quick Start Tea Guide
- How to Make Tea Properly
- Difference between loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags
- Want to Get into Oolong Tea? Start Here.
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