I search, travel and ask a lot. Also keep a healthy and growing contact list. But principally I drink a lot of teas to from time find that one that clicks something in my tongue and mind.
My own one as a serious tea student for some years and being a Western person living in Taiwan for long time. This allows me to have the point of view of both sides. More than once I found excellent teas by Taiwanese standards which flavor didn’t tell me much or wouldn’t work so well in Occident.
I try to buy all my teas from small producers, those that are drinking their own teas together with their family when I arrive. But mainly I guide myself by the flavor.
Because tea was meant to be drank without sugar. Tea that needs sugar is bad tea, putting aside personal preferences. Mainly sugar changes the flavor of the tea and silence many details. When you drink a good loose leave tea immediately you realize that it tastes better without anything else. And also due to health, the less extra sugar we add to our habits the better.
Not much, just that I believe they carry the flavor of what that kind of tea should have. And is not easy because tea production methods change continuously and may producers try to sell you something with a fancy or “traditional” name or very high altitude when it’s other thing. Good tea producers don’t need a lot of marketing nor any tricks in order to sell their teas.
Knowledge and trust. I specialize in teas from Taiwan because I think is the most honest for me. In my classes the 80% we study is this, being the other 20% teas from China such as puer, green teas and a tiny part from Japan. Is very easy to get teas from any part of the world but without trusted providers what you offer won’t be good. I would feel like lying selling teas from other places because I haven’t studied those and I am not familiar with the quality I should expect. Yes, but I love an Earl Grey with milk, Darjeeling and Japanese ones.
I won’t lie, I don’t like teabags and I fight against bad marketing practices. Every time I make a comparison is like drinking a cheap bad wine from something made with care I love. I don’t like when you buy a Lapsang Souchong and one of the ingredients is “smoke” that has somehow been added afterwards. Neither when a tea is sold as a fat-burner miracle or a cure for something. This is plain lying.
Teabags cannot contain good tea, I am sorry. Silk pyramids multiply the price of the tea by 3 or 4, reducing quality for marketing and appearance.
We should make a difference between those teas where we look for freshness and those with a more deeper flavor. Vacuum packed
high mountain are packed when very fresh, these rolled Oolongs will be in very good condition up to 3 years if not opened. And I will usually have better prices for these teas. Red teas and roasted and red Oolongs age very well and won’t change much, if any they will improve. Green teas should be consumed before 6 months to keep all the freshness and aroma.
Each person is different but we need specific numbers on the safer side. Latest studies show that up to 150 mg of caffeine is totally safe. The strongest tea won’t have more than 60 mg, usually from 10 up to 60 mg. Being cautious 2 cups of tea during pregnancy is a correct amount. Gongfu style like 3-4 small teapots (100-150 ml). I don’t have it but be careful with matcha because talking about caffeine is almost like coffee.
In small children the amount of caffeine they can ingest is given by their weight. Before 4 years old is not recommended to have any kind of tea. Afterwards like 2 mg per kilo. Then a 5 years old girl weighting 20 kg could have around 40 mg of caffeine, safely a cup of tea. Tea farmers kids have tea after 4 they are years (not too much but I don’t think with much control).
First of course is to consult for the advice of your doctor. The same doubts should come to you with coffee and wine due to the tannins. Actually mostly of developed country people suffer from excess of iron, women less due to their period but is something not many are aware of. If you suffer from anemia is recommended not to mix your tea with your food intake around 1-2 hours before&after to be safe and better control how much you drink.
Younger leaves have usually more caffeine. These leaves are mainly used in white, green and black teas. But there is a lot of misinformation out there. For me roasted Oolongs are a good choice if this bothers you. There are a lot of discussion ongoing for hypertension and its causes without much conclusion yet. Is probably better to have some tea (no excess)than a sugary drink if you suffer this problem.
When you make a purchase something or ask me I always include the best ways to prepare the teas you are interested on. Some people rinse their teas, some don’t, some people use just boiled water, some don’t, etc. I give you the standard measures and then we will adapt to how you like it and the tools you use. Tea is a lot about exploring how to prepare the best cup of tea for you. The use of good tea greatly helps to have a pleasant experience.
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How much are the shipping expenses?
The Tastea Club orders have free shipping expenses. For regular orders the shippings are 6 usd. Orders more than 60 usd have free shipping. Yes I know, is little but I won’t get rich from this, my focus is to share good tea.
Do you replenish stock?
If one tea or product is out of stock I will try my best to replace it with the same tea from the same producer, season and batch. Specially if is a favorite of the people. If I cannot I will be clear about it and will try to find options from the same producer and season. But the magic of the good tea is that it changes all the time. Big brands mix every season in order to get the exact same flavor, helping that those teas are crushed and in teabags. Some teas are like trains that only pass once.
What about delivery times?
Taiwan post office is very efficient and doesn’t have the limitations some countries have when receiving packages from mainland China. Regular shipment is by plane and will take up to 20 days, but the numbers I see are around 10 days or less. Of course it will also depend on your country once it arrives. I will include a tracking number so we can follow your tea travelling around the world! When you make a purchase providing a phone number contact will help with this.
Can I buy your tea from any country?
Yes!!! I made many shipments to Europe and Central and South America without problems. Only once happened that it “disappeared” after being successfully delivered in Austria. I think it smelled too good.
Do you have samplers?
I usually include samplers in every purchase. Is very interesting because I will even include teas I don’t have in stock so you can help me letting me know what you think about it. If you want to try anything in special just tell me!
Can I modify or cancel an order?
Do you accept returns?
Return back the tea to Taiwan is a bit difficult and probably not worthy. The best is to contact me and we will see what can be done. Don’t take longer than 7 days after receiving the order.
I received something different from what I ordered?
If it was my mistake contact me and I will immediately send you for free the correct order. In few time you will have more tea than you can drink!
The product is damaged, what should I do?
Contact me, send me some pictures and there won’t be any problem.
Will I have to pay customs?
Unfortunately I don’t have any control of customs nor logistics and sometimes are unpredictable. After many orders I have never have even one problem nor someone who had to pay customs. The package is properly labeled, correct taxes are paid in Taiwan and I will do my best so you don’t have to pay any extra. Anyway if for any reason this happens please let me know as soon as possible, it will greatly help me and maybe you will have a bonus the next time!
How can I pay?
In the checkout screen you can easily pay by card (VISA, Mastercard, Electron, American Express, etc) or Paypal.
Is it safe to buy online?
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If you have any question not replied here or any other doubt please contact me.