Tao Tea Leaf- New Website with 20% Teas till September 30th!
http://www.taotealeaf.com has a sale on their delicious teas! I highly suggest you check it out. The best part is the free shipping in Canada and the USA when your purchase is over 35$.
Keep on steepin’
Awesome, thanks!! Looks great. I’ll keep my eye out for more posts ;)
Love everything I’ve tried from Tao Tea Leaf. Might need to stock up on Gin Ping Gongfu…
The site really looks awesome.
I was in Toronto a few weeks ago and visited the store. Tao and everyone are so friendly and knowledgeable. I hope I can make it back to T.O. for the Teafest.
Site design looks really slick, only major thing notably missing is harvest dates for the teas (even just an approximate year + season, eg: “Spring 2013 harvest” would do, though more detail is obviously better). For many types of tea, knowing how fresh it is before buying is absolutely critical, and it being missing can be a pretty major red flag. I’d never buy a green tea or green oolong for instance without that info, given how short their optimal shelve life is, and even for other types it’s still important to know.
Also really informative (though not as critical) would be additional photos of the spent leaves and of the tea liquor, you can often tell a lot more about a tea from those than from just the dry leaves photos.
Additionally, having pages that have nothing on them is frustrating as well. If it’s. Menu option, something should be there with possibly the exception the sale menu, since there doesn’t always have to be a sale.
Also, typically rotating banners should take you somewhere if you click on ether, rather than just refreshing the page and showing you the next banner. Especially in he the case of things like the “review tea for blogger” banner. It advertises this and then the information is not readily accessible anywhere.
On a larger scale, the design and new site is way better than the older site, so congrats on improving it significantly :) luckily I can drop by the store anytime to visit if I want to.
also, all the listed prices on the category pages and front pages and everything ending up only being the price for a 5g sample size when you actually click through is pretty annoying and feels a bit deceptive (it makes the teas look way cheaper than they actually are), those should list the actual price for the smallest normal order (non-sample) size, the 25g option.
heh there is a tea sample menu option, so alternatively, that could be where the tea sample prices are listed.
I agree that listing the price for a sample size is annoying, but a lot of sites do that. Or they might say “8 cents per cup” but that’s only if you buy a pound.
Sil- I noticed that as well and I am working with Tao to resolve it. The website is continuing to be updated. Just like any work of art it needs time and feedback. So I thank you for for letting me know what we can do.
MelissaTea & Sil- Can you explain more about what you mean for “samples”? Do you mean the “Tao Tea Pouch”?
sansnipple- Thank you for your feedback. There are teas that say the year (for aged teas) and the rest is from the spring, this has always been the case for Tao Tea Leaf as we go to source fresh tea around the Qingming festival. I will discuss how to add this information with Tao, and we will see from there. But I do suggest you look into our Tea Tour http://www.taotealeaf.com/tea-tour/ This is when we get part of our collection.
Thank you everyone. I look forward to hearing more from you all. Keep on steepin’
Samples = tao’s 5g pouches :)
It was nice meeting you today for real. Excellent turn out at the moon cake/tea tasting festival. It’s fantastic to be able to get out, talk to people and try a bunch of teas.
First order of business for you – get the aijiao up on the website haha
Looking forward to seeing how the website develops since Tao has some great offerings out there!
Lol. I mentioned your eagerness to have it on the site yesterday wich I concur with. Its too delicious to have just in the store.
Although for Aijiao it is very limited. This is one of the many teas that rarely make it outside of China. The tea itself is grown in the old Imperial Gardens and only a small amount is made each year. Once its gone, its gone sadly. We will have to wait till next year and hope we are able to get more. T_____T
Surprisingly, I cannot find any gaiwans listed on your site. Do you not sell them, or have I simply missed them?
Still a work in progress from what Tao was saying this weekend. They’re still gradually getting everything listed on the website.
Thank you Sil! Tao is our photographer and is working hard to get pictures of everything else.
Edit (October 7th 2013)- We are short on supply right now. When we have more we will add them.