K S said

How much is your tea?

I know we recently had the tea budget question, but I am curious what you pay on average for you tea. What I am currently using runs 7-8 USD for 100g – approx 3.5 oz. This seems to be a bit lower than what I see in most web stores.

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Angrboda said

I regularly buy tea in three different currencies, so that’s a rather complicated question.

It depends on where I’m shopping. TeaSpring, for example, is pricey, but their shipping is really in the bagatelle area of the scale, so that evens out. Other places take less for the tea but charge more for shipping. There is also, in most places, a large difference in price from tea to tea.

I haven’t the foggiest about what the average cost of my collect- sorry, backlog is per 100g. It’s all so differently priced, I can’t even make a guesstimation.

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DaisyChubb said

52 teas is another example of a tea that seems pricey, but when you look at free shipping it’s really a good deal!
Your prices sound about average to what I normally pay for a run of the mill, normal tea though. (In store, not always online. Always gotta look at those shipping prices haha)

(p.s. I’m in Canadian dollars. I’ll make my next US tea order when my dollar is up heh)

Edit: I should clarify, “pricey” for me is like.. $7-10 for 50g (2 ounces)

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Dorothy said

I mostly buy high quality tea, mixed with a few cheaper flavoured teas. So that is anywhere from $5 to $19 CAD for 50g (I don’t buy more than 50g of any one tea unless I love it). The ones between $13 to +$19 I usually steep at least 5 times (yes even black tea!).

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It really depends on the tea but in most cases it ranges between $5 and $10 an ounce. Usually blends are a bit less than your typical non-blended tea. Pure teas in my experience seems to cost more for reasons I can understand. I look at it as wine. A California blend wine may cost less because it comes from a variety of places. Now a Merlot from a single Napa Valley vineyard may cost more because it is specifically from one location using a single type of grape and not any other types of grapes or regions. I hope I am making sense.

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I’d say the mean of my collection falls in the 10 to 20USD range for 50 grams. But I occasionally splurge on something wonderful, I just spent 30USD for 50 grams of a gorgeous single estate assam. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed.

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Generally, I tend to make unblended purchases that are high in quality and that normally costs $20-$50 per 4 oz.

For blended (flavor) teas, I spend around $5-$10 per 1 oz.

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Shadowleaf said

It depends really on where and what I buy. Having just returned from Japan, most of my tea collection consists of the more high quality tea I bought there for around $10-$15 per 100g. However, there are certainly times when I spend $60~ per 100g for certain extraordinary teas.

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I think it depends on my mood and what I’m looking for. David’s tea and Teaopia are convenient for me, and they charge mostly around $5-7 per 100g. If I’m in the mood for a premium white, it’s more like $18/100g but I only buy 10g at a time if I can manage it. (specifically from Tea Emporium.)
As for online purchases, I’ve only ever done that once and it was a package deal- 30 samples for $45, regularly $85. I haven’t received it in the mail yet so I’ll update here when I do!

Uniquity said

I’m not sure if my David’s is gouging me or if you meant that David’s teas are around $5 – 7 per 50 grams? : ) They used to have a number of solid teas that I enjoyed that were $3 – 4 per 50 grams but I noticed they seem to have disappeared lately.

Oh I suppose you’re right! I’m used to seeing it posted per 100g in other shops, I guess I didn’t think about it when I saw their sign…

on a side note: I’ve been waiting for this tea shipment for three months! I think I’ve been scammed. and it took up almost an entire month of my tea budget :(

Uniquity said

Ugh, that’s brutal. Where was it shipping from? Any chance they gave you some form of tracking? I would definitely be harrassing customer service at that point. Good luck!

Oh I have been! apparently they shipped it and it got “lost”— how far can it go?! I live in Toronto and the warehouse is just north of here. They reshipped last week, so I’ll wait a little while before calling again. Agh! I want my tea…

Uniquity said

@Indigo – Did this ever arrive for you??

Ha! I had the same moment, @Uniquity, about the DT prices, and I know Indigo and I visit some of the same DTs. I was wondering if she was getting a special price XD.

Indigo, I’m dying to know if you ever got this shipment of tea!

Nope, I never did :(
—every time I email or call they tell me its on the way… I’ve given up hope on this one

Uniquity said

That’s terrible, Indigo. I’m sorry to hear that. May I ask what the company was (so that I can avoid them)?

Dorothy said

I’d love to know which company it is so I can avoid them too. :X

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DukeGus said

I always buy tea that is never a blend. Only Chinese(+Taiwanese) tea till now, but I’m so overwhelmed from their huge variety of taste/aroma/qi depending on the tea!
I get like 10-15gr every time because they are quite expensive and I have a low budget, but if you buy good quality once, you can never go back… :)

You last comment bought up a funny topic for me (“… but if you buy good quality once, you can never go back… :)”). We are also on a low budget, yet, I personally like trying inexpensive samples of expensive teas so I can at least experience what’s ‘out there,’ knowing I will likely not be able to drink it again any time soon, if ever. So I sometimes joke with my wife when I offer her a cup of a sample tea that is normally more than like, $8 USD/ounce, “You can like this, but don’t like it TOO much!”

DukeGus said

Ha haha haha hahaha haha
You are funny! :)

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Excelsior said

I always buy my black teas from Mariage Freres. Mostly Spring Flush Darjeelings. Yes, it’s really expensive, and yes I can find Spring Flush Darjeelings at other online retailers at reasonable prices, yet i’ve tried the others and Mariage still stands head and shoulders above them. Even the ones that directly import from India. With the US dollar falling in price every day, the 30-40 euros is now 40 to 55 dollars per 100 grams. so if I buy 700 grams at a time. . . . .

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