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 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 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.
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.
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 sphere
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.
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.
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?
Iced Tea Pouches
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.
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.
|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.
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.