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It is important to note there is no way I can afford this tea. It would also lead to divorce between the Mr. and I in a heartbeat and at $25 per 2oz you may see why. So this is one of those teas I purchase by the cup when I visit my local Teavana. Of course the young man behind the counter tried his darndest to get me to buy a pound of it. It wasn’t happening.

I had this iced. I’d never had it before so I went with the young man’s suggestion of prep including sweetener or no sweetener. Thankfully he went with no sweetener. I must admit it was a supper smooth Oolong that I truly enjoyed. It hit the spot after a truly rotten day spent at an event I would have loved to pass on (long story there). I would get this again, but I wouldn’t buy it to make at home….not for that price….unless of course the Mr. ok’d it.

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noordelijk

I totally understand not wanting to buy a bunch of it, being so expensive, but grabbing a cup to go at 6 bucks is so steep it’s almost worth it.

The Purrfect Cup

Wow my cup did not cost $6, I think it was more like $4…

noordelijk

Might be american pricing then? It’s like 4.99 or 5.99 or something for a cup of rare tea.

jamielynn

Where I live, in the midwestern U.S. it’s 4.99! $5.35 with tax around here. I do think it’s funny that so many people have NO problem paying $5 for a cup of fancy coffee, but when I (on the rare occasion) pay $5 for a cup of tea I get shit for it! The prices here go 2.99-3.99-4.99. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a $3 cup though most of them are in the $5 category! I think it would be way more worth it if Teavanas had a seating area, and would resteep your leaves for you once you pay for the cup. My local tea shop does that, although they don’t really advertise it. Come to think of it, some of the employees at the Teavana here would probably resteep for me. I’m just never at the mall long enough to bother with it.

I do try to stay away from buying cups of tea at Teavana. They purposely make them expensive because they would rather have you buy tons of it without trying it than make a measly $4 on a cup of tea! This especially applies to new customers who have only tried the teas in the samples that are super sweetened and made really, really strong! I would much rather put that $5 towards the cost of 2 oz. of tea. And in the holiday season I’m pretty sure they don’t even let you get just a cup of tea? So annoying for loyal customers who do decide they want to try before they buy!

There’s another reason why they don’t rotate their samples. Most places rotate their samples on a daily basis! Not Teavana! God forbid you sample all the teas without first paying a ridiculous sum of money. And they rarely do samples that aren’t a blend because they want you to buy both. I don’t know about you guys, but if I could sample unsweetened teas every day I would be there way more often and probably buy way more!!

Wow this comment was supposed to be one sentence, sorry… lol This is what happens when I’m half asleep!

The Purrfect Cup

No problem! I agree with many of your points…like offering different samples not pumped full of sweetener! Yes, if I’m spending maybe $5 on a tea I should have the option of a resteep, but they don’t have seating. I try not to go in anymore because i just get annoyed. I used to shop there when two sales associates still worked there who were all about customer service and not at all pushy.

Akm95

They have pricing for single beverages that are high due to the fact that they are not a tea bar. They want to provide customers the opportunity to purchase a cup to see if they like it before they commit to buying the tea. It’s expensive because of it were only a couple dollars more people would buy it there instead of purchasing the loose leaf, and that is not Teavana’s agenda.
FYI: I’ve gotten 12 steepings from monkey picked oolong
Note: Teavana has rights to first crop of all the highest quality tea farms, therefore they provide the highest quality tea. This is why you can get more steepings from this oolong than you could from other loose leaf tea stores.

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noordelijk

I totally understand not wanting to buy a bunch of it, being so expensive, but grabbing a cup to go at 6 bucks is so steep it’s almost worth it.

The Purrfect Cup

Wow my cup did not cost $6, I think it was more like $4…

noordelijk

Might be american pricing then? It’s like 4.99 or 5.99 or something for a cup of rare tea.

jamielynn

Where I live, in the midwestern U.S. it’s 4.99! $5.35 with tax around here. I do think it’s funny that so many people have NO problem paying $5 for a cup of fancy coffee, but when I (on the rare occasion) pay $5 for a cup of tea I get shit for it! The prices here go 2.99-3.99-4.99. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a $3 cup though most of them are in the $5 category! I think it would be way more worth it if Teavanas had a seating area, and would resteep your leaves for you once you pay for the cup. My local tea shop does that, although they don’t really advertise it. Come to think of it, some of the employees at the Teavana here would probably resteep for me. I’m just never at the mall long enough to bother with it.

I do try to stay away from buying cups of tea at Teavana. They purposely make them expensive because they would rather have you buy tons of it without trying it than make a measly $4 on a cup of tea! This especially applies to new customers who have only tried the teas in the samples that are super sweetened and made really, really strong! I would much rather put that $5 towards the cost of 2 oz. of tea. And in the holiday season I’m pretty sure they don’t even let you get just a cup of tea? So annoying for loyal customers who do decide they want to try before they buy!

There’s another reason why they don’t rotate their samples. Most places rotate their samples on a daily basis! Not Teavana! God forbid you sample all the teas without first paying a ridiculous sum of money. And they rarely do samples that aren’t a blend because they want you to buy both. I don’t know about you guys, but if I could sample unsweetened teas every day I would be there way more often and probably buy way more!!

Wow this comment was supposed to be one sentence, sorry… lol This is what happens when I’m half asleep!

The Purrfect Cup

No problem! I agree with many of your points…like offering different samples not pumped full of sweetener! Yes, if I’m spending maybe $5 on a tea I should have the option of a resteep, but they don’t have seating. I try not to go in anymore because i just get annoyed. I used to shop there when two sales associates still worked there who were all about customer service and not at all pushy.

Akm95

They have pricing for single beverages that are high due to the fact that they are not a tea bar. They want to provide customers the opportunity to purchase a cup to see if they like it before they commit to buying the tea. It’s expensive because of it were only a couple dollars more people would buy it there instead of purchasing the loose leaf, and that is not Teavana’s agenda.
FYI: I’ve gotten 12 steepings from monkey picked oolong
Note: Teavana has rights to first crop of all the highest quality tea farms, therefore they provide the highest quality tea. This is why you can get more steepings from this oolong than you could from other loose leaf tea stores.

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I am a tea lover, a wife, and mother of three cats (all rescues). I love to read, and to write. I’m also a BIG fan of the BBC’s Sherlock as well as Doctor Who.

I started drinking and enjoying tea (sure it was bagged Lipton, but it got me started) when my grandmother first introduced me to tea with milk and sugar (and peanut butter and jelly on toast) and my love just grew from there.

I was brought to loose leaf through a trip to Teavana aka my gateway to loose tea. But my taste has expanded along with my love of tea. Sometimes I right about tea on my blog – Gal In The Grey Hat.

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