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Cofftea said

Tea Ratings: Is price a factor?

I know so many factors go into what makes a good tea and rating it as such… but does anyone ever use price as a factor? Hypothetical situation: Let’s say you found tea X that was phenomenal in every way and thus you gave it a 100. Now let’s say you found the same type of tea, Tea Y, (Type, grade, organic or not, etc) and prepared it in exactly the same way so all factors were identical. If the 2 cups tasted exactly the same, would you rate the more expensive one (X) lower than the less expensive one (Y)?

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No.

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Uniquity said

Most likely. Price is part of my general criteria for rating teas (IE – is it as good as it costs).

SimplyJenW said

I agree.

MaddHatter said

I agree too. I know that oolongs tend to be a lot more expensive and I find that I am far more critical of these teas than I am other teas. I also find that I am rather persnikity about the teas from Silk Road Teas because they can get pricy too

Cofftea said

Sounds like the tea isn’t as much as fault as your attitude towards it. If you want to be anal or OCD about your steeping (don’t worry, I’m the most OCD about steeping parameters than 90% of the people you will ever meet lol), I suggest educating yourself as much as possible and making small cups during your “tinkering” process rather than blaming the tea.

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Dorothy said

It depends on how big the price difference is. If I were to pay double for the same exact tea, yeah it would lose points and I’d write about it in my tea review. (I’ve never been in this situation)

I think if you lower a rating based on price, it should be mentioned in the tea review. Otherwise readers may not know why you did that.

Uniquity said

Good point. The times that money has really affected my rating/thoughts on a tea I’ve been careful to mention it in the review. I think that the tea to cost ratio (or quality to cost ratio) is worthy of discussion in reviews anyway, though.

Cofftea said

Yes, of course I would note that.

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I’ve never based a rating of any tea on price. But I am getting into the practice (starting today) of letting people know what the price is so they won’t have sticker shock should they want to buy it.

Cofftea said

That doesn’t bother me- I find out the price when I go to order lol.

I tend to do that too. But I would like to be better about letting people know the cost.

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Spot52 select said

The price does not effect my rating, but it does effect the comments I make about the tea. It usually happens when the taste is phenomenal and the price is low.

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It wouldn’t affect my numerical rating, but if I were reviewing a tea that was both outstanding and very affordable, I would say in the tasting note that it was an excellent value. And, let’s face it, I’d be likely to drink it more often than a more expensive tea, so I might post a greater number of positive tasting notes of it!

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No here as well.

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kuanyin said

I consider value as part of the whole deal. If I think it is overpriced, yes, that would affect my rating. If I think it is a very fine tea and it is affordable ALSO, that skyrockets the rating for me. I’m not sure if I had thought it through consciously, but it is just an integral part of my overall opinion on that tea.

I would expect the highest priced teas to be better, but honestly, that hasn’t been my experience. Maybe my tastes haven’t evolved there yet. They have changed a great deal in the few years that I have been drinking tea more, I can only think I am capable of further change. But happily, I’m not there yet and I am thrilled to find what I consider excellent teas at reasonable prices.

Cofftea said

This thread may be of interest to you based on your post http://steepster.com/discuss/276-expensive-doesnt-always-mean-best

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MaddHatter said

I will state that I am more conscious of the price of teas since I am new to this “hobby” or “passion” or whatever I am to call it, I tend to steer clear of high priced teas since I want to ensure I have perfected my understanding of steeping teas before I dive into an expensive tea.

That being said I have one tin of “Happy Kumbacha” (an oolong) in my cupboard and it took half a tin for me to learn how to steep an oolong to get the most bang for my buck, a rather expensive learning experience that left me a little miffed with oolongs, so cost tempered my opinion there for sure.

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