2019: How much will you spend on tea this year?

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VariaTEA said

2017: $1,857.95
2018: $717.91

I have gotten better with my spending over the years which is good. Now I am focusing on sipdowns and trying to drink up the older blends (which is almost all my teas that are now over a year old). I have no spending goals but I do have a limited budget so hopefully in 2019 I spend even less than what I spent in 2018.

January: $40.26 CAD
Lupicia: $27.50 USD = $40.26 CAD


Sil select said

you can do eet!

VariaTEA said

You say as we are in the midst of possibly placing an order hahah

Your jump between 2017 and 2018 is really impressive! I think that speaks volumes of your sipdown goals and what 2019 can bring! :-)

Meanwhile, I’m off in the corner doing the opposite of y’all…

VariaTEA said

@Mastress Alita – I think I realized in 2018 that I bought way too much tea in 2017 and needed to get my cupboard under control. Hopefully I can keep up the sipdowns and tea drinking in 2019 without getting bored and seeking out 1000 new teas. Haha.

And @Roswell Strange, you work for a tea company in a tea lab. I think you having a lot of tea makes sense. We can just call it research.

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hawkband1 said

2016 & 2017 about $1000
2018 $828

Goals for 2019:
1. Sip down older teas.
2. At least try all pu’erh in my house.
3. Keep White2Tea club – a lot of cool stuff comes in it.
4. Overall tea budget – $1000. Minus White2Tea club ($360) leaves $640.

Lupicia $65.50
Mountain Stream Tea $50
Little Woods $20
Mountain Stream Tea $20

Little Woods $24 (work tea restock)

Little Woods $14 (work tea)

Mandala Tea $85

Mountain Stream Tea $52


White2Tea $325 (-$100 Holiday money) = $225

Midwest Teafest $140 total
- Single Origins $34
- Emilie’s Fine Tea (Damann Freres) $7
- Shang Tea $68
- Jing Si Tea $14
- The Tea Smith $7
- Nepal Tea $10

Grand Total $695.50

I think I’m doing pretty well this year. Just made my first major purchase since January and I’m making progress in drinking down my cupboard.

August – I need to work on the pu’er more. Currently failing at goal #2. I need to work on this. I do have a bunch of single serving dragonballs… Making progress on goal #1

8/25 – I broke and bought from White2Tea (free shipping!) which almost put me over. I have the MidWest Teafest coming up in September which will.
9/10 – Officially over budget and my tea count has skyrocketed.

Nattie said

Good luck!

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Nattie said

I’m really focusing on sipdowns this year and getting my cupboard under control, so ideally I would spend nothing, but allowing for things like my cousin in Japan getting Lupicia for me while he’s over there, maybe sales or closures, I will set a contingency budget of £100.

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Leafhopper said

Like many of you, I dropped the ball on tea spending in 2018 and still have lots of older teas to finish. Case in point: I just had a 2016 Chou Shi King of Duck Sh*t Dancong from Yunnan Sourcing that tasted like faint florals and regret. I want to sip down my pricy dancongs and Taiwanese high-mountain oolongs before they disappear.

My goal for 2019 is not to spend anything on tea until May or June and then limit myself to $600 CAD. (I’m already eyeing some winter oolongs from Tillerman, so we’ll see how that goes.)

derk said

I was browsing Tillerman’s winter selection last night and have a few teas I bought from them at the San Francisco Tea Festival on deck. One of my goals for early this year is to drink down my oolong stash enough that I’ll feel comfortable ordering their catalog of teas.

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Leafhopper said

The reviews of Tillerman’s offerings have been positive and I’m interested in trying them, but I have to finish my winter 2017 oolongs before buying more tea! This might mean waiting till the spring catalogue is out. I look forward to reading your comments!

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OOOH this sounds like a chalenge.

So far in January
29.90 USD – Yunnan Sourcing
22.00 USD – Mandala Tea
49.00 USD – Adagio Teas
13.75 USD – Adagio Teas

I’m getting a bunch from Adagio Teas because they seem to have cheapo versions of high quality teas. I’ve been trying their cheapo versions, picking ones I like, then graduating to high quality. Like how I tried Adagio “Golden Monkey” then put in an order to YS for Bai Lin Gong Fu. We shall see how well that works out for me.

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Julebug773 said

I’m trying to keep my tea budget fairly reasonable this year. I know, in recent years, I’ve definitely spent north of $600 and I have a cupboard full of canisters and samples to prove it. Going to do my best to drink down as much as I can.

I did sign up for a tea subscription to Sipsby. Definitely worth the price so far in my mind. Also, the hubby and I have made a little resolution to try a new tea date once a month for 2019. Looking forward to diving deeper into Chicago tea culture. Taking those two things into consideration, I’ll set a budget of about $250 for the year.

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AJRimmer said

My goal is to stop buying from the same few places whenever there’s a sale. I have my eye on a few new (to me) tea brands, and I hope to prioritize trying those once I’ve finished the mountain of tea in my house. I hope to keep spending near $300.

52teas $29
Adagio $50
Bird & Blend $48
52teas $24
Adagio $7
Grocery Store $2
DavidsTEA $56
Bird & Blend $65
Design a Tea $10
DavidsTEA $30
Bird & Blend $45 guys I can’t stop

Whoops, it’s August and I’ve passed my goal spending. But since I manage to keep my stash relatively small and fresh, I think I’ll forgive myself (;

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thefundu said

Do we have to make budget on this….I never calculated this stuff….

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LuckyMe said

I did much better in 2018 than in previous years. Tea purchases totaled $346 and teaware only $58. Forcing myself to sip down some of my stash helped and I mostly stuck to tried and true favorites.

I’ve already racked up $82 in tea purchases this year with my Taiwan Sourcing and Yuuki-Cha orders. Still aiming to keep my total below $500 in 2019. I’ve been coveting a Jade Leaf hand made shiboridashi for a while now. I’ll buy it if that’s ever back in stock, otherwise I don’t see too many big teaware purchases down the road.

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