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Companies I would LOVE to try but haven't

What are some companies you would LOVE to try – in general – but haven’t had the opportunity to try yet?

Feel free to list…if you are a reader and can help a fellow tea drinker out – maybe there are some potential one-on-one tea swap ops here…lol…

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Cofftea said

Ummm… every one? LOL! Oh if only I was joking…

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Cofftea said

Seriously, narrowing it down, it’d be Samovar or Teavana for their flavored Pu Erhs (and Samovar also for their yixing and pu erh set as well as Tencha… and I can’t forget their matcha mill!), also Golden Moon, UTI, Design A Tea, and Custom Leaf.

I’ve never had Samovar either. I have some Teavana but not their Pu Erhs…are you interested in general or specifically/only Teavana’s Pu Erhs???

Cofftea said

General- I’ll try almost anything. Oh, and Samovar has Tencha!:)

Let me see what I have – I still have your box here so I will throw in some stuff from Teavana!

Cofftea said

As much as that’d be awesome, I’m reserving that til I can get to the store, it’s 2 hrs from so while I’d be a rare occasion, I can definitely buy their stuff in store. Thanks though.

Cofftea said

Took Lupica off now that I placed an order and am adding Art of Tea for their cocoa nibs and ginger matcha!=D

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Maeda-en
First Class Teas
Taylors of Harrogate
Tea Guys
Art of Tea
TeaFrog
TeaGschwendner
The Tea Smith
Samovar
Dream About Tea
Wissotzky Tea
Subtle Tea
Wild Orchid Teas

Are a few for me…so far…

Cofftea said

Maeda-en will be my next matcha purchase I think. I was really psyched about TeaFrog til I found out they put their samples in plain ziplock. So now I’m on the fence- having to put them in something else to me is a major draw back.

Jillian said

It seems pretty snobby to diss a tea company just because they don’t send you your tea in pretty, hi-tech packaging. I sincerely doubt that a week or so in a bag while en-route is going to hurt the tea. If it bothers you that much you can just empty it into a tin when it’s delivered.

Cofftea said

But I don’t want to create more work for myself. Thank you for your opinion but please don’t call my preferences snobby. I want my tea free from light while stored- while I don’t say you have to think that way, it’s not a bad thing.

I have to agree with Cofftea. One of the reasons I started my tea company is I was receiving tea in packaging I did not like. First impressions is everything.

Cofftea said

Jade Teapot, it’s not so much a 1st impression factor for me. It’s a quality control issue. I could be the type of tea drinker that will take any dust in a bag and be happy, but I’m not. If that is snobby- then yes I’m snobby. But I pay good money for good tea so why would I want to damage that quality? More importantly, why would a company want to create packaging that would damage the quality of their product over time, even if it’s after the tea has left their posession? I think a company’s tea and tea packaging should be of good quality as is, I don’t want to have to do anything to improve the quality (like add something to a tea’s flavor so it lives up to it’s name) because I don’t think that’s the responsibility of the consumer.

denisend said

It’s my responsibility (as the consumer) to store the tea properly. I’d rather not pay (and pay and pay) for storage when I have plenty of storage already at my house! It’s just not necessary.

At least with Adagio I can get “refills” after I buy the canister once. The H&S tins aren’t (what I consider) adequate storage and I have a TON of them kicking around my house. I don’t know what to do with them and wish I could get their tea without the tin (or without buying a TON of it at a time, since you can sometimes buy a bag of 50 pyramid bags).

I don’t think that storing your tea properly is “do[ing] anything to improve the quality”. It’s just making sure that the quality remains.

When I want storage, I buy canisters and stuff specifically for storage. When I’m buying tea… I just want tea.

Cofftea said

I completely agree w/ everything except for your 3rd paragraph, when “making sure that the quality remains” means putting it in different storage, that to me is “doing something to improve the quality” because if you don’t take action, quality will suffer.

I agree with you Cofftea, and also know exactly where your comming from. And your not snobby.

TeaFrog said

Yikes ;) Just Dug up this thread – felt my 2 cents was warrented…

Cofftea – you are correct in that you would not want your tea in a clear “zip lock” – I think that is not quite on the mark as to how it is pacakgeed however, for a couple of reasons:

1. The bag is clear, but food grade plastic resealable – and heat sealed at the top – all to ensure that it will not re-open, and that it seals in scent/flavour.

2. The bags are packaged “to-go” – not pre-packed and sitting on a shelf. It is a lot more work this way, but it ensures that the tea is properly stored while awaiting distribution, and only put in the zip short term.

3. There is only 3-4 cups in the sample – and in our experience, the first cup is almost immediately brewed on receipt, meaning no long term storage.

4. The packaging is actually pretty easy to store, and once in the cupboard, it is light, and of course, moisture safe.

While there are other methods of packaging (and we have tried many ;)) we just find that this method is the easiest to access and see the tea, and since it is not intended for long-term storage anyhow, we did not feel that the light thorough the packaging was much to be concerned about.

Thank you all for discussing this tho, it really is great to hear what people are thinking, and that has before (and will again I am sure!) spurred us to make changes!

Cofftea said

Jillian, I just reread your message and actually pretty, high tech packaging is the last thing I want. I want functional packaging.

Jillian said

…which I thought was exactly what the company described, hence there not being any reason to look down on them.

*sigh * Do you really want to dig up this month-old disagreement up again? I have to say I’m not particularly interested.

Cofftea said

I only thought it necessary to point out my mistake in misunderstanting you and defending myself.

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I’d really like to try something from TWG, Samovar, Kusmi (I have one tea from the TTB but I haven’t tried it yet).

As far as companies that I have tried but have only scratched the surface of and want to try LOTS MORE of: Harney & Sons, Rishi, Mariage Freres.

I’ll try and remember to include some in the make-good package to you I am sending out on Friday…KUSMI, that is…I will throw in some MISC from the others too…

TeaEqualsBliss – that would be lovely!!

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wombatgirl said

Samovar
Mariage Freres
Premium Steap
Kusmi Tea
Harney and Sons
52teas

denisend said

Hey, since I’m putting a box together for you are there any of the H&S that I have that you want to try?

wombatgirl said

Chinese Flower or Dragon Pearl Jasmine both look like I may enjoy them… :)

denisend said

Okie, will stick some in the box for you. :-)

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Janefan said

based on their reputations on here, I’d love to try:
Samovar
Rishi
TeaGschwendner
Andrews & Dunham

I looked at my “shopping list” (aka wish list) and see that I need to add to the above:
Compass Teas
Mariage Freres
The NecessiTeas
Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

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Gander said

Fortnum & Mason
Mariage Freres
Kusmi
Andrews & Dunham
Lupicia
Harney & Sons
Adagio

I’d say the first two are relatively difficult to get in US. I’m dying to try Mariage Freres in particular.

Cofftea said

Oh yes, Lupica is another!

Gander said

I think I might be ordering some from Lupicia soon though, because they have a US website and free shipping over $35. I’m mostly interested in their flavored teas.

I’ll try and include some Adagio in your package when I send it :)

Gander said

Thank you, Bliss!

Cofftea said

I think we should start calling her BlissEqualsTea for all the surprises she’s giving people:)

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AJ said

There is a small company called “Tealicious Tea” based near my house that I have always wanted to try, but it’s such a small, and personal retail shop and tea house that I’ve been too shy to pop my head inside. It’s situated along a backstreet that is lined by shops based in old houses, so the whole STREET is of very personal looking shops. And sadly, to date, the only one I have been able to gather the courage to enter is Hourglass Comics, where I get my Deadpool and Doctor Who comics.

Other than that, I’ve also wanted to try the Granville Island Tea Company’s stuff. But that is way out of my way, so I haven’t been able to attempt to make my way over there yet. Plus, again, I’m fairly shy so it would take me a lot to work on the courage to pop in. Also, the O Dor. I just don’t have that kind of money, sadly. Plus, that would involve, of course, shyly entering another tea shop. I’ve really only been able to enter Murchie’s.

Other than that… any company with items on my shopping list right now, which is really just my wishlist in disguise. Mostly Mariage Freres. I would love to try Marco Polo.

That’s Tealicious Tea, Granville Island Tea, O Dor, Mariage Freres, all the regulars like Kusmi, Adiago, Apollo, Harney & Sons…

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every single company i currently haven’t tried anything from….i like to try everything! i know i know generic answer but I do like to give everyone that ships a chance….which is why i like tiny sample packs

Cofftea said

Ditto!

I sometimes like to use steepster’s company list and just randomly select a company and look at their reviewed teas, and usually then have to keep myself form buying them!

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Spot52 select said

I would like to try some from Upton, but have not yet done so.

Cofftea said

Yay for $1 samples (or at least a majority of them are)! I also like that they tell you the weight of the samples on their website.

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