I have WAY too many teas and I can’t stop getting more. I buy much more tea than my ability to drink them. This has become an issue in my house, especially in my pantry. Just looking at all my tea makes me happy but I need to slow down the incoming of teas (or drink crazy amounts per day!). Anyway, I don’t think I can stop trying new teas and sampling is a good alternative before you decide to buy larger quantities, especially online.
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I’ve put together a list of recommended online tea shops/companies that offer samples for a few bucks or free! (*I haven’t tried all of them) There are lots of other companies that do this but I’ll focus on the ones that have a good pricing/value for the money. Some of the listed shops offer cheap (or free!) samples and charge for shipping , others offer free shipping when you buy samples and others just charge low prices for samples + shipping. Check them out!
Adagio Teas – 4-pack tea samplers to choose from a wide variety of tea types and themes starting at $9. You can also buy samples (makes 10 cups) from almost any tea in their tea selection starting at $2. Flat rate shipping in the US is $3.95.
Arbor Teas – Family-owned organic tea company based in Michigan. Teas & tisane samples from $1.50 and $4.95 flat rate shipping.
Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company – Sourced from small family farmers, 10gr samples start at $2.50 and there is flat rate of $5 shipping to the US.
Blend Bee – Make your own blend sample (10-15 cups) for $9.95 plus $3.17 flat rate shipping to the US. You can also buy samples of their ready-made blends.
Fusion Teas – Texas based tea company, carrying lots of tea and herbal blends. Samples start at $2 and $4 flat rate shipping to the US.
Harney & Sons – Tea company which sources, blends, and packages their product from start to finish. Tea & herbal samples starting at $2 with FREE shipping in the US.
Loose Leaf Club – Tea club that offers a monthly subscription. Samples are $1 and includes shipping.
Tea Kruthi – Specializing in Ceylon teas, a good way to try harder to find White and Oolongs from Ceylon. 10gr samples start at $2 and right now there’s a promo code: MYTEA for 30% off your 1st order.
Teabox – Online tea shop that specializes in Indian teas from estates in Darjeeling, Assam, and the Nilgiris as well as Nepal. Most samples are $3 and shipping varies.
Teasenz – Chinese tea shop. All tea varieties have samples starting at $2. Shipping is $5 USD for up to 2kg.
Umiteasets – Chinese online retailer specializing in teaware and accessories, and they also carry tea. They offer FREE tea pets, tea samples, and a Yixing pot set, all you have to do is pay for shipping!
Verdant Tea – Chinese tea shop that sources from small family tea farmers. You can order 5 tea samples for $5 (FREE shipping), only for new customers (and get a $5 coupon for your next purchase, meaning that your first samples would be FREE!). They also have a tea of the month subscription and free samples for every order you place.
What-Cha – UK based tea company offering 10gr samples starting at $2 with a wide range to choose from. $5 Flat rate shipping to the US.
Yunnan Sourcing – For Pu-Erh fanatics, this site offers a HUGE range plus a tea of the month subscription. You can get the priciest Pu-Erh tea sample for $10 and others starting $4 plus shipping. If you’re looking to buy an expensive one this is the best way to try it before you buy it!
Yunomi – This is one of my Japanese go-to tea shops that claims to have the widest online selection of Japanese tea. Choose a sample from a small selection of teas for only $5 (plus $1 shipping), it ships from Japan so it takes a couple of weeks to arrive. You can order a sample once a month. Subscribe to their newsletter to get 20gm of tea for $1!
I hope you find this list useful and get many samples! I’m always updating it and looking for new vendors to add. Let me know if you have suggestions and new finds to add to this post. Thanks!