TEALEAVES is pleased to offer a variety of Certified Organic teas of the highest quality and palate.
Each of our blends undergo strict independent third-party lot testing for herbicides and pesticides for each botanical ingredient. Therefore, whilst not all of our blends are Certified Organic, they are all rigorously tested to ensure that they are free from harmful chemicals and toxins.
TEALEAVES maintains a very close relationship with each of the gardens we work with and do not require them to undergo the process of becoming Certified Organic. These certifications can impose large costs on our growers and are often not affordable for smaller gardens to obtain. TEALEAVES is proud to support small-scale growers and are extremely conscious of the implications of necessitating this type of credential.
TEALEAVES is proud to have established incredibly strong relationships with our growers and suppliers of raw materials for over 25 years, since our company was founded. We employ a direct method of sourcing, working directly with gardens to select our teas and botanicals. We engage with the highest quality gardens to procure their best yields, building sustainable, long-term relationships and minimizing intermediary costs to gardens.
Our teas are made from a blend of leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant, botanicals, and herbs, and flavored using pure essential oils, therefore, our products are inherently gluten-free. We exceed all international food safety standards and have full lot traceability, performing extensive third-party lot testing for each botanical ingredient, which has showed no evidence of gluten in any of our products.
Furthermore, we work closely with our growers and manufacturers of raw materials to ensure that there is no gluten in the materials from which our teabags are made.
Please be aware that there is always a very small possibility of cross-contamination within the food supply chain at the garden level.
While all of our tea and tea processing meets the standards of Kosher/Halal, our teas are not certified Kosher or Halal.
As true Master Blenders, TEALEAVES practices the art of dynamic blending in the craft of each of our teas. This means that we are not concerned with matching last year’s English Breakfast, but rather, we seek to capture the best expression of terroir in a teacup.
Just like wine, the aim is not to maintain consistency over harvests, but rather to consistently re-formulate recipes. This dynamic approach to blending ensures that we are uncompromising on quality.
We are constantly innovating and fine-tuning our blends in order to produce the best flavor profile possible, as part of our ongoing mission towards creating a tea with the ultimate palate. Due to this, our blends will vary slightly in taste from batch to batch, as each has been reblended to improve upon the preceding batch.
All of our loose leaf tea tins are packed to have a consistent volume of tea. As different botanicals and raw ingredients inherently have different weights, the overall weight of the tea will vary between each varietal.
To ensure your loose leaf tea maintains the optimal level of freshness after it has been opened, please adhere to the following storage directions:
1. Keep the tea in TEALEAVES' food-safe storage tins, with the lid tightly closed.
2. Keep the tea away from direct heat and sun, best kept in a cool location.
3. Keep the tea away from spices and strong aromas in order to prevent scent absorption.
If the above guidelines are followed, your tea can stay fresh for up to one year.
Our teabags are individually wrapped in an air-tight, moisture resistant film to protect the delicate essential oils and natural ingredients and maintain the finest aroma and flavor. Due to this, the tea encased within our teabags can be stored for up to three years, with no degradation to the freshness or quality.
In order to protect the high-quality, delicate tea leaves in transit and to ensure the intended flavor palate is preserved in the infusion, all of our teas are hand-packaged into complimentary food safe tins for maximum freshness and protection in shipping and storage.
Unfortunately, for this reason we are unable to accommodate requests to ship our tea without the tin included.
All of our tins are food safe and we encourage you to repurpose them in your home for storing other dry goods such as spices, grains, and sugars; or for arts & crafts. If you wish to discard of the tins, please recycle as per your city/states recycling guidelines.
Yes. We are pleased to offer an E-Gift Card as the perfect gift to bestow upon your loved ones. Please click here to shop our gift card offering.
We always recommend obtaining medical advice from a healthcare professional if you are interested in learning more about the precautions around drinking tea while pregnant or breastfeeding.
As a general rule of thumb, we would suggest enjoying blends that are both Certified Organic and caffeine free. This would also include avoiding Yerba Mate (as found in our Energy, Jetlag AM, and Yerba Mate blends), which has mateine in it, which provides a similar effect to that of caffeine.
Below are a few of our favorite blends that meet both of these criteria:
After the 2011 tragedy in Japan, we have instituted radiation testing on Japanese green teas from the 2011 harvest onwards, and if necessary, Taiwanese and Chinese teas. All of our teas are third-party tested based on stringent International EU standards as to herbicide, pesticide, mold, and salmonella. Adding radiation testing is part of our Total Quality Management and foodsafe hazard control practices.
Shipping & Ordering
Please click here for information regarding shipping & delivery charges.
Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accommodate requests to ship internationally.
However, should you be traveling to either the U.S. or Canada, we suggest ordering our tea to your hotel of choice, with attention to yourself as a hotel guest.
Yes, please allow approximately 12 to 14 days for delivery via USPS or Canada Post, as delivering to P.O. boxes generally require longer delivery times.
Yes, please allow approximately 12 to 14 days for delivery via USPS or Canada Post, as delivering to APO's and FPO's generally require longer delivery times.
You will receive a shipping confirmation with your tracking number after your order has been processed. Please allow for 24-48 hours from the time the tracking number is issued for updates to be reflected.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate gift wrapping or personalized note options at this time. However, please see our collection of gifts here for a selection of exquisite offerings for both you and your loved ones.
All orders to San Francisco require signatures. For shipments outside of San Francisco, no signature will be required unless the order is over $200.
If you prefer that no signature be required upon delivery, please specify this in the notes section of your cart before proceeding to the checkout page.
If you are not home to receive the package, FedEx will safe-drop the order in a safe, dry place out of sight.
For our Canadian customers, Canada Post will leave a card on your front door or post box, and will advise where the order may be picked up.
As tea is treated as a food item by both the USFDA and the CFIA, we are not permitted to resell returned goods. Therefore, returns are not accepted.
All items are final sale.
Shipping is non-refundable on all orders. Please kindly review and confirm your order before completing payment.
Transactions are processed in both U.S. and Canadian dollars, determined automatically by your geographical location. To toggle between our U.S. and Canadian webstores, please select your preferred country in the bottom-left hand corner of our website.
We accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards.
Yes, we would love to hear from you regarding your wholesale inquiries. Please refer to our Wholesale page here for further details.
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