When you’re getting into tea or if you already are a tea lover, you want to buy and try ALL THE TEA, and you often end up with something you bought that you didn’t like. To avoid this, I recommend getting your hands on tea samples to try as many different teas as you can, before you commit to buying larger quantities.
Many shops also offer sampler sets, which is another great way to try several teas that are often curated, or have an educational purpose. Tea samplers can be grouped by tea type, season, flavors, origin, and other themes.
The best way to learn about tea is to try as many as you can!
Love for tea can soon get pretty expensive, so finding affordable tea samples is crucial to getting to know what you like so you don’t end up wasting money along the way.
How Many Teacups Will a Sample Make?
It depends. Lots of samples can be around 10 gms, which are good for 2-4 cups of tea depending on how you like to prepare it. Of course, each company will have its own offering.
Ideally, you want to find samples that yield at least 2 cups so you can try the tea more than once and even brew it in a different way. You can also probably make a 32 oz bottle of cold brew tea or a couple of tea lattes with a sample.
How About Tea Subscriptions?
This is another great way to try different tea types without the commitment to buy larger quantities. It is a great idea to try a subscription service and then learn about what you like and don’t like. Companies like Sips By offer personalized boxes and offer several tea samples per box each month.
➪ Check out my favorite tea subscription boxes.
Are Tea Samples in Loose Leaf Format?
Most of them are.
Loose leaf tea is in general of much superior quality than tea bags, and if you haven’t tried it, I recommend you to give it a go! To get started, the only tool you need is a simple tea strainer. To brew, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Where Can I Get Tea Samples Online?
I’ve put together a list of online tea shops that offer samples for a few bucks or even free! 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 and I’ve already tried and liked (* I also included some that I haven’t tried but seem very interesting).
I hope you find this list useful and get many many samples! I’m always updating this and looking for new vendors to add. Let me know if you have suggestions and new finds to add to this post. Thanks!