Loose Leaf Teas

Did you know that tea is not meant to be put in bags? Especially the traditional, and extremely common, flat tea bags (or even small tea balls)?

Full leaf (or loose leaf) teas need room to expand during steeping for full-bodied flavor. Due to the size constraints of teabags, only the lowest, and therefore smallest, tea leaves are included. In fact, some may be right to argue that there aren’t any leaves in bags because most bags are just the "dust and fannings" (the lowest grade of tea) from broken tea leaves.

Loose leaf is vastly superior to broken leaf, dust and fannings. Broken leaves have already lost much of their essential oils and aroma and, therefore, their taste. When steeped, they release more tannins than loose leaf tea, resulting in bitter astringent cups.

Loose leaf teas provide you with more flavor, aroma, antioxidants, and pleasure than the tiny leaf bits and stale tea dust in most mass-produced tea bags. Typical tea bags are produced on an industrial scale and may sit in a warehouse or on a shelf for a long time before you ever get them.

By comparison, our loose leaf teas are carefully selected and hand-crafted by tea masters. We then micro-blend and package only small batches assuring you get the best loose leaf tea from each harvest.

At The Spice & Tea Shoppe we never compromise on quality and strive to offer you only the best loose leaf tea because we feel you deserve it.

  • Handmade at the Satemwa estate, Zomba Pearls are a captivating example of incredible quality. The delicate, handcrafted tea offers lush floral notes tempered with grassy tones with a round sweetness and clean finish. In addition to their magnificent flavor, one of the big positives of Zomba Pearls is that, unlike many of their Eastern counterparts, they won’t get bitter. Steeps a Light green with yellow highlights. One of our personal favorite teas!

    Africa - Zomba Pearl

    Handmade at the Satemwa estate, Zomba Pearls are a captivating example of incredible quality. The delicate, handcrafted tea offers lush floral notes tempered with grassy tones with a round sweetness and clean finish. In addition to their magnificent...

  • Our afternoon tea is hand blended using the highest quality Indian Assam and Ceylon black teas to deliver a light, refreshing flavor with real body and a stunning color. The afternoon blend is formulated to provide a wonderful cup of tea that will give just the right amount of boost you may need to get through your busy day without keeping you up at night. However, don't let the name fool you as this also makes for a wonderful light breakfast tea. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-5 Minutes

    Afternoon Blend

    Our afternoon tea is hand blended using the highest quality Indian Assam and Ceylon black teas to deliver a light, refreshing flavor with real body and a stunning color. The afternoon blend is formulated to provide a wonderful cup of tea that will give...

  • Apricot Black blends a crisp Assam black tea, dried apricot pieces and flavor to create a medium bodied refreshing tea with a fruity finish. An excellent tea for spring and summer and delicious both hot and iced. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-5 Minutes

    Apricot Black

    Apricot Black blends a crisp Assam black tea, dried apricot pieces and flavor to create a medium bodied refreshing tea with a fruity finish. An excellent tea for spring and summer and delicious both hot and iced. Steeping Instructions: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling...

  • Assam Chai Base

    Chai is steeped in a rich history. The name “chai” is actually the Hindi word for “tea”, which was derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea”. In this case, the Hindi term chai means a mix of spices...

  • Our hand blended Authentic Chai Masala will allow you to experience the truly incredible flavors of real Indian street chai. Chai is a ubiquitous drink in India and is sweet and spicy with a subtle burn at the back of the throat.  It is, in a word, incredible! The tea used in preparation must be carefully chosen as it needs to be strong to hold up to all the fresh spices in our Authentic Chai Masala blend. We recommend pairing with either of our Malty Assam or Ceylon from the New Vithanakanda Estate. Our hand blended Authentic Chai Masala paired with Ceylon black tea  from the New Vithanakanda Estate.

    Authentic Chai Masala

    Our hand blended Authentic Chai Masala will allow you to experience the truly incredible flavors of real Indian street chai. Chai is a ubiquitous drink in India and is sweet and spicy with a subtle burn at the back of the throat. It is, in a word,...

  • Be Well Ginseng is a soothing and harmonious herbal tea that blends ginseng, licorice root, peppermint and St. John's wort. The ginseng and peppermint pair perfectly with the sweet, soothing finish provided by the other herbs. Also, delightful iced with a slice of lemon. Steep: 2-3 tsp, Boiling Water, 5-7 Minutes

    Be Well Ginseng Tea

    Be Well Ginseng is a soothing and harmonious herbal tea that blends ginseng, licorice root, peppermint and St. John's wort. The ginseng and peppermint pair perfectly with the sweet, soothing finish provided by the other herbs. Also, delightful iced with...

  • Black Cherry fuses ripe cherries with the mildly robust, malty finish of our Indian Assam black tea. Bright dried cherries and safflower petals paint this exquisite tea with splashes of vibrant color. Delicious and smooth, this fragrant tea is excellent served either hot or cold. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-5 Minutes

    Black Cherry

    Black Cherry fuses ripe cherries with the mildly robust, malty finish of our Indian Assam black tea. Bright dried cherries and safflower petals paint this exquisite tea with splashes of vibrant color. Delicious and smooth, this fragrant tea is excellent...

  • Black Currant tea fuses premium black tea with pieces of black currant and blackberry to yield a smooth and refreshing tea bursting with the tastes of summer berries. This serves double duty as it is delicious hot and iced. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-5 Minutes

    Black Currant

    Black Currant tea fuses premium black tea with pieces of black currant and blackberry to yield a smooth and refreshing tea bursting with the tastes of summer berries. This serves double duty as it is delicious hot and iced. Steeping Instructions: 1-1.5...

  • Blood Orange black tea blends a delicate, yet slightly sweeter than traditional naval or Valencia oranges, orange flavor with rose and hints of apple and vanilla. Delicious hot or iced. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-4 Minutes

    Blood Orange

    Blood Orange black tea blends a delicate, yet slightly sweeter than traditional naval or Valencia oranges, orange flavor with rose and hints of apple and vanilla. Delicious hot or iced. Steeping Instructions: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-4 Minutes...

  • Blueberry and Raspberry Green is a delightful and crisp Sencha green tea that combines blueberries, black currant, lemongrass, lemon myrtle and blackberry leaves together to create an incredible green tea that is light in caffeine but heavy on refreshment. Excellent hot and iced. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, 185 degrees for 2-3 Minutes

    Blueberry and Raspberry Green

    Blueberry and Raspberry Green is a delightful and crisp Sencha green tea that combines blueberries, black currant, lemongrass, lemon myrtle and blackberry leaves together to create an incredible green tea that is light in caffeine but heavy on...

  • Berries and roses are blended to create the vibrant magenta base for our one-of-a-kind prickly pear herbal tea. Perfect for any long, hot summer afternoon, this tea is beautiful served over ice and lends well for a mature cocktail. Steep: 2-3 tsp, Boiling Water, 5-7 Minutes

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    A Bohemian is one who is unconventional in their quest for artistic, musical, literary or spiritual pursuits and may or may not be a wanderer, adventurer or vagabond believing in truth, freedom and love. This flavorful fusion of fruits and flowers is...

  • Braveheart Blend - Scottish Breakfast Braveheart Blend - Scottish Breakfast

    Braveheart Blend - Scottish Breakfast

    Get in touch with your inner William Wallace and wake up with this robust blend of Indian, Sri Lankan and Chinese black teas. Our in-house blend is the strongest of all our breakfast teas and yields a full body while also pairing well with milk. Steeping...

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