What tea do you drink most of?

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What tea do you drink most of?

Postby Ampersand » Oct 17th, '13, 00:05

Hi all,

I'm in the process of establishing a boutique, ethically-sourced, loose-leaf tea company. I'm looking to start with around 20 teas and so would love to get feedback on which teas you would see as being vital to start with. We are looking to supply a range of black, green, oolong, white, pu erh, herbal and rooibos. We'll be including blends and flavoured products too.

What particular tea/s do you drink most of? What do you believe should be a staple of every tea company?

Thanks everyone,

Tim.

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby Evan Draper » Oct 17th, '13, 09:46

I would rather buy tea from a vendor who specializes in one or a few subgroups of tea, someone who really knows their stuff and has access to amazing products that the "one-stop-shops" don't understand. Because really, this takes years of continuous relationship-building with origin producers.

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby JBaymore » Oct 17th, '13, 10:26

Japanese Greens.

best,

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby Ampersand » Oct 23rd, '13, 05:05

Thanks Evan and John. Really appreciate your feedback.

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What tea do you drink most of?

Postby mcrdotcom » Oct 23rd, '13, 07:26

Depends on the target market.

If you're looking at hardened tea drinkers, you'd want to specialise in a particular type of tea. If you aim to serve all ranges of experienced tea drinkers a small selection of nice tea from all the major tea types but not too expensive is good... Supply our everyday tea drinking (specific emphasis on greens and Oolongs I would imagine).

Then you have novice drinkers and a broad range of selection is good, of green, oolong, black and herbals.. Maybe a small selection of puerh and specific types of each, or maybe one very nice tea from each type ... Obviously a casual tea drinker just wants nice tea to be brewed western :)

I'm middle of the range, I most frequently buy tea for everyday drinking (both gongfu and western) and I'm a heavy oolong/green/black tea drinker on a multiple times a day scale :)

Puerh and nicer oolong are the Saturday/Sunday really nice gonfu sessions :)

Hope that helps XD

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby Chip » Oct 23rd, '13, 16:26

Japanese greens ... that part was easy.

However as stated a few times already, I also do not buy much from sources not specializing in region/types of teas ... pretty much regardless of what I am shopping for in the tea realm. Too many mediocre (or worse) purchases over the years ...

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby nrstooge » Oct 23rd, '13, 20:13

Whilst I know a lot of folks here love their greens.. I'm partial to the really dark, smoky flavored black teas. Think english/irish/scottish breakfast. (and yes I do drink them like the Brits). I drink these instead of coffee. Not all Earl Grey is created equal.. some company's I love.. others... ewww. And.. since all of these are blends.. they all taste just a bit differently from company to company.

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby yalokinh » Oct 24th, '13, 03:10

Right now greentea and puer equally. Usually drink in the evening.
then about 20g of yerba mate in the morning, jeez that sounds like a lot haha

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby mcrdotcom » Oct 25th, '13, 12:37

yalokinh wrote:Right now greentea and puer equally. Usually drink in the evening.
then about 20g of yerba mate in the morning, jeez that sounds like a lot haha



20g? How many cups is that? :O XD Caffeine overload right there!

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby yalokinh » Oct 25th, '13, 14:31

If i'm not mistaken, there are 10Mg of caffeine in 1g of yerba mate.
So its about 200+mg of caffeine, i drink with a gourd and straw, refill till i can taste no more.
First time i tried it, i think i put in waaaay to much, sent me to the moon ha ha :lol:

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby mcrdotcom » Oct 25th, '13, 16:14

yalokinh wrote:If i'm not mistaken, there are 10Mg of caffeine in 1g of yerba mate.
So its about 200+mg of caffeine, i drink with a gourd and straw, refill till i can taste no more.
First time i tried it, i think i put in waaaay to much, sent me to the moon ha ha :lol:


Wow! I don't have a gourd, was it nice that way? I usually brew it open top in a jug at a cool temperature twice and mix the steeps to kill the bitterness! Always wanted to try the gourd though! Great way to wake up by the sounds of it! haha

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby wyardley » Oct 26th, '13, 01:35

I think trying to do 20, especially across different subtypes is spreading yourself too thin. Specialize in one or two types, and sell the teas you like, not the teas that are most popular.

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Re: What tea do you drink most of?

Postby Ampersand » Nov 19th, '13, 09:06

Hi all, thanks for all the incredibly helpful responses. I’ve now shifted this topic into an Online Focus Group – would love you to join!
See my Post at:
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=19246

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