Teavana Tea cheats you twice


I think the point of the story was he saw the big tin and didn’t read the fine print. Like getting the ‘ginormous’ bag of chips to find that it’s two thirds air.

This is why reading prices at the store is important - sometimes the price per ounce is way higher for something just because of the packaging :slight_smile:


I’ve never had a good experience at Teavana. There’s nothing like having the teenage salesperson call you fat by highlighting the supposed (and likely mythical) weight-loss properties of particular kinds of teas.

And then the “Try this! You like it? That’s $30 for a small amount that you won’t even understand how to brew properly with written instructions!” sales pitch.

The same pushy salespeople probably graduate to go work at Lush.


If you drink iced tea, try Lady Earl Grey. It’s my go-to.



… haggis, tattie scone, hash browns, fried mushrooms, grilled tomato, tinned beans


48g tea for $9. You can’t be serious.

At those prices I’d import tea from Europe!
500g of the black tea linked below sell for €9 / US$ 11-something
and tastes awesome.

This here is my personal favourite - I drink it black like coffee.


I usually bring half a kilo for US trips so that I don’t run out of tea,
because I noticed that US supermarkets do not stock loose tea…


I think I’ve mentioned it before, but Max Falkowitz’s tea series on Serious Eats is great (http://www.seriouseats.com/tags/tea) and includes a post on online resources (http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/02/best-tea-where-to-buy.html).

Mariage Frères has some nice teas in English and French breakfast styles that you can find at Dean and Deluca, Williams-Sonoma, and various places online and in stores. The “Marco Polo” and “French Breakfast” are probably good options for folks who are used to drinking Lipton or Colt 45 to start their day. Yes, these are pricey canisters ($25 for 3.5 oz) that might make your jaw drop, but the flavor and price-per-cup will beat the pants off anything you can get at Teavana. And considering how much money folks spend on single-origin pour-overs or microbrews, it’s not that much different.

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I like some Teavana teas, but they are not cheap.

Davidson’s Tea is very good tea at a great value. You can get 16 oz of certified organic English breakfast tea less than $15. http://www.amazon.com/Davidsons-Tea-English-Breakfast-16-Ounce/dp/B000SARJF6/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1460056362&sr=8-1&keywords=davidson’s+tea

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Quite a lot of tea used to be sold by the quarter pound-- ( or thereabouts, 100g for some teas, 125g for others)

Not at Teavana. At Teavana, the loose leaf teas are priced in 2 oz quantities.

I don’t patronize them as much ever since they got rid of most of the straight black teas.

French Blue is the only one worth mentioning, all others come in second. So good.


Teavana does have some fine tea, expensive which is why i usually don’t buy from them though. I did get a large tin full of Moroccan mint green tea from there as a gift thati enjoyed, and i prepared it as i always have with any loose leaf tea which has always been a tablespoon (never heard of using less).

I’m sure others in here may have suggested buying loose leaf tea from local stores or even online. It’s not terribly hard finding quality tea elsewhere, price will always depend on what kind of tea you’re looking to get. I’m not an avid tea drinker so i don’t have any good recommendations beyond a really damn strong black indian tea (might be pakistani) i like to buy from the international food isle or from small international markets. I’d post up the brand but i can never remember it and i’m at work. It’s the kind of tea that needs to be made with milk, and will give you a stronger caffeine buzz than coffee.


There are a buttload of tea sellers online. It will take some effort, but you should be able to find blends and prices you can live with. One of my friends on the US east coast has a local tea shoppe with a very nice blend of Lapsang Souchong, and access to Charleston tea from the only tea plantation producing in the continental US. I hit her up periodically for my fix, and trade her mac nuts :smiley:


“Loose leaf tea drinkers” :wink::wink::wink:


Holy crap. That looks fantastic.

That actually looks like Earl Grey Cream, which also has the blue cornflowers in the blend.

And for all you tea snobs, Lipton’s is perfectly adequate for iced tea, especially if you make ‘sweet tea’, which is more or less tea-flavored syrup :smiley:


Go on, I’m listening…


I actually grew up on my Southern grandma’s sweet tea, which was made with a bunch of Lipton tea bags boiled in water on the stove (or sometimes brewed in the Virginia sun). She’d then add the same amount of sugar she used for Kool-Aid (2 cups or so), then filled the rest of the pitcher with cold water and ice. It was incredible and I could still drink a whole pitcher today. She has since cut back the sugar to about half of what I grew up with “for health reasons.” :slight_smile:


That’s it – I can’t tell from the brand name if your ‘French Blue’ is anything like that in flavor. I’ve had wildly varying results, even when trying to buy EGC from the same seller; sometimes the blend gets really acidic and rough, which is not my favorite.

Is this where I confess that I drink King Cole orange pekoe, partly because I really quite like it for a cheap tea, but also as an attempt to carve out some kind of canadian identity for myself?