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TeaNerd said

Could anyone recommend a good but inexpensive IBT?

I need to buy some loose leaf Irish Breakfast Tea in quantity. It is usually my first couple of cups in the morning before I switch to green. I am not looking to break the bank, and I’m sure there are some fantastic ones out there that cost $8-9 per 2 oz., but that’s not what I’m looking for. I used to get Teavana IBT for around $3/2oz. Presently, I’m looking to buy a pound or two. Thanks Steepster community!

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K S said

Inexpensive ideas – Twinings loose or English Tea Store. Never tried either myself but the ETS is around $13-14/pound.

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WtFGoD said

twinings is good compared to the other bagged teas ive tried… loose tea you may want to try uptons as they have a lot of black teas, some very cheap; granted im not sure how they compare to other teas.

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Alphakitty said

Adagio has a pretty cheap Irish Breakfast: $5 for 3oz. Upton also has 125 grams for $5.

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TeaNerd said

Thanks, I use Twinings tea bags for travel, but like loose at home. I’ll look into ETS and Upton.

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Azzrian said

English Tea Store has excellent black teas you can purchase in bulk at good rates!

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TropicalTeaCo has one for $1/oz. I can’t say I have a lot of experience with Irish breakfast teas though, so I haven’t compared them a lot.

Though, Upton tends to get higher ratings on their tea… and their River Shannon (Irish Breakfast) blend gets pretty darn cheap when you buy the 1000g (2.2lb) bag.

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TeaNerd said

I went with Up tons. Thanks for the tips!

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The twinings loose leaf IBT is pretty good, do you not have Twinings loose leaf in the States?

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I don’t love the Twinngs loose IBT, but Adagio’s is great, and their prices are fantastic.

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