Our Tea

Amazing tea starts with carefully nurtured relationships around the world.

Tea is the most widely consumed prepared beverage on Earth. And The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is here to bring you the perfect version of the world's favorite drink.

The liquid gold in your cup began its journey thousands of miles away, on the lush tea plantations of Sri Lanka, Kenya, China, Japan, Thailand and India. We work directly with tea growers in these regions in handcrafting varieties of tea that meet our exacting specifications. Because of our standards for quality, taste and heritage, you're sure to enjoy the very best whole-leaf teas and tea drinks available anywhere.

On the road to tea perfection, we insist on staying connected to the harvest by purchasing directly from the growers - without middlemen, wholesalers, or importer-exporters. It's not only the right thing to do, it allows us to source and deliver the world's finest, most distinctive teas. By staying connected to the people for whom tea is a livelihood, we go beyond fair wages by giving back to the plantations, estates and communities that grow our delicious tea by supporting local education and health-care programs. Cultivating these close ties benefits everyone; from the local growers to our global customers who get to taste the benefits of our partnerships.

David DeCandia: Director of Tea

David is an industry pioneer. He travels the world in search of the best, and is regarded as a trailblazer in the art and business of all things tea. Through the years, he's joined forces with charitable organizations dedicated to the tea estates and communities where our teas are grown. He is a co-founder and a director of the Aid Lanka Kids Foundation and spearheads many community welfare initiatives at our many tea growing regions.

Tea Cupping

Tea cupping is a process of utilizing human senses to appreciate and evaluate tea, and proper cupping is an essential step in our meticulous process. Because quality can vary depending on its origin and the way tea is processed, tea buyers use this combination of art and science to determine quality and compare teas. Tea cupping is not just for tea professionals; tea enthusiast often cup to deepen their appreciation for teas.

Light and medium roasted coffees are milder, and maintain much of their origin characteristics. As coffee is roasted darker, its origin characteristics become muted, which increases the intensity of flavor.

  • See

    Visually examine
    the dry and unfurled tea leaves. Whole leaf, twisted and rolled tea indicate quality. Also, check the color of the tea leaves.

  • Smell

    Inhale the aroma
    of the tea and distinguish the aromas of the tea. For example, earthiness, grassiness, citrus, floral, etc.

  • Taste

    With a stainless
    steel spoon, scoop up the tea brew and quickly slurp. Slurping coasts your tongue with tea, helping you evaluate all the flavors and mouthfeel of the brew.

A Guide To Our Teas

Like green and oolong teas, black tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Its darker hue and stronger taste result from the greater level of oxidation it undergoes during processing. From delicate Darjeeling to strong Ceylon, each variety has distinct characteristics, making black tea a beloved beverage across the globe.

Black Tea

Distinguished by its balanced qualities of both delicacy and depth, oolong tea falls between green and black teas in its degree of oxidation. Its flavor is less grassy than that of green tea, but less bold than that of black. Many of the finest varieties of oolong grow in Taiwan and Thailand, where the climates produce leaves with a unique, natural sweetness. During processing, oolong leaves may be rolled into elongated curls, or condensed into small spheres.

Oolong Tea

Like oolong and black tea, green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. Green tea's delightfully delicate flavor is due to its minimal oxidation. It is processed to take a variety of forms, from finely ground powder to long, curling leaves. Though it originated in China, where it has been consumed for over 4,000 years, green tea is now grown in Japan and Sri Lanka, and enjoyed throughout the world.

Green Tea

If you like your tea without that extra boost of caffeine, our soothing, top-quality whole leaf decaf teas feature your favorite flavors and aromas in a relaxing 97 percent caffeine-free blend. We exclusively use the Carbon Dioxide method of decaffeination, as it provides the density of a liquid and the viscosity of a gas. Those qualities make Carbon Dioxide an excellent solvent for scrubbing up caffeine from tea leaves as the Carbon Dioxide is sent circulating through the tea.

Decaf Tea

Our Fruit & Herbal Teas are expertly hand blended drinks, derived from an adventurous array of dried fruits, herbs flowers and spices. Made from our exclusive in-house recipes, Fruit & Herbal Tea Infusions can be enjoyed hot or iced. And did we mention they're 100 percent caffeine-free?

Herbal Infusion

Enjoy the finest tea in the world in the convenience of an iced tea pouch. Specifically designed for preparing iced tea, the Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) leaf is sized for maximum extraction during steeping, resulting in a more flavorful, richly colored tea. These pouches produce a 64 oz. pitcher of iced tea.

Iced Tea Pouches

FAQ's

David DeCandia is our resident guru of all things tea. Use this page to ask all your tea-related questions, and David will happily share his wisdom and knowledge.

Start with fresh, cold water, either bottled or filtered. Bring the water to a boil and remove from heat. Then add one teaspoon of tea leaves per 8 oz. cup of water into a teapot or infuser, or, if you're using tea bags, immerse the tea bag directly into a 12 to 16 oz. cup. The steeping time depends on the type of tea, so take a look at the guidelines to see how long you should steep your particular tea.


Steeping

TimeTeas

3 mins

Green Teas

5 mins

Black Teas

5 mins

Oolong Teas

7 mins

Herbal/Fruit infusion

Keep in mind that each tea has its own special characteristics, so always be sure to consult the instructions printed on the label for excellent results.

Actually, no. Over-steeping your tea will turn it bitter. For stronger tea, simply add more tea leaves, or a second tea bag.

We recommend bottled or filtered water because most of the impurities have been removed from it, so what you'll taste is just pure, pristine tea.

What’s the best way to make iced tea?
If you are using whole leaf tea, follow these directions for a 48 oz. serving. Take four tablespoons* of tea and add to your tea filter. Next, place the filter in a container and fill with 48 oz. of hot filtered or bottled water. Steep the tea according to the steeping time recommended on the packaging. After steeping, remove the filter and let the tea cool completely. Let the tea chill in the refrigerator and drink with ice. They don't call it "iced tea" for nothing.

*You may also substitute loose leaf tea with tea bags. Use 1 tea bag for every 16 oz. of water.

If you are using our iced tea pouches, begin with 64 oz. of filtered or bottled water. Heat water to a boil and then place one pouch with the water into a half-gallon pitcher. Steep the tea according to the time recommended on the package. Let the tea chill and drink with ice.

To ensure freshness, be sure to always store tea leaves in an airtight container. It's best also to store the leaves in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Pour 8 oz. of hot water in a 12 oz. cup. Now add your favorite tea sachet or loose leaf tea from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and steep the brew according to the directions on the package. After steeping, add 1/3 cup of our French Deluxe™ Vanilla Powder and stir well. For the final delicious touch, top off the tea latte with hot or steamed milk. Enjoy!

This is as delicate a question as asking what wines are best paired with which foods. What foods to pair with your tea depend on the characteristics of the tea in question. If you're enjoying a flavored tea, you can pair it up with heavier and spicy foods. On the other hand, unflavored stand-alone tea has delicate aromas and flavors that can easily be overwhelmed by the wrong pairings. Lighter foods such as chicken or salad are your best bet for pairing with unflavored teas.