This simple, non-biased reference guide will help you find the best places to buy tea online.
Buying tea online can be a daunting experience. Even if you know what you want, it can be hard to tell whether a tea shown online is what you’re after.
Since starting Tea Finely Brewed, I have bought and received free samples of teas from quite a few different tea merchants. On this page, I will give you my honest recommendations of good tea merchants and great teas. For a more comprehensive browsing experience, check out the Tea Finely Brewed shopping area.
Note: As this page will be updated whenever I discover a new place to buy tea online, you might want to bookmark it for future reference.
The Quick Reference Guide to Buying Tea Online
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If you want to buy a travel mug, check out my post about tea travel mugs.
If you want to buy fair trade tea, I wrote a whole article just for you: Where to Buy Fair Trade Tea Online.
Online Tea Stores
Narien Teas is a newcomer to the scene, but I’ve been really impressed with their range. They do a damn fine Earl Grey, a brilliant Zhejiang Mao Feng and a special tea from Hawaii. Read more about Narien Teas or visit their website.
Mighty Leaf Tea
Mighty Leaf Tea are one of the bigger names in the business. I’ve been really impressed with the quality of their teas, as well as their brilliant silken tea pouches.
Tea Trekker is the shop of Mary Lou and Robert Heiss, the authors of The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide. Tea Trekker’s slogan is “Experience the World of Specialty Tea” and as such, you’ll find some very rare gems among their offerings.
The Tea Spot
O-Cha.com specializes in Japanese green tea. Based in Japan, O-Cha offers nothing but the best. They’re my first port of call when I’m looking for some high quality, fresh Japanese green tea. Read more about O-Cha.com or check them out for yourself
Thunderbolt Tea is a tea retailer based in Darjeeling, India. They put a lot of effort into finding the best Darjeeling teas for each season, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.
Mellow Monk specialize in ethically responsible Japanese green tea. I’m impressed with their commitment to family-based agriculture and ecologically friendly teas.
Adagio Teas are the most popular tea merchant online. I haven’t tried any of their teas personally, but their popularity and the reviews I’ve read suggest that they’re well worth checking out. In particular, I’d recommend their sampler packs as a great point of introduction for anyone who is new to tea.
Teas Etc won a couple of awards in the World Tea Expo this year for their Assam Ditchu and Ceylon OP1. I’ve become a big fan of their tea over the past few months.
Yunnan Sourcing is an eBay store based in Yunnan Province, China. Those of you familiar with Yunnan Province will know that it is the home of pu-erh tea, and Yunnan Sourcing have plenty of that. I’m yet to order from them personally, but I hear that they are quite well priced. The only disadvantage is that you’re ordering from China, so shipping might take a bit longer.