Best Selling Coffee Shop/Restaurant Organic Teas

best selling restaurant teas

So you want to sell organic tea in your coffee shop or restaurant? We recommend starting with the best selling teas. Most of these are what we call classic/basic starter teas. For advice on what teas fit best for your menu, you can request a wholesale account with us and we can help you get your selection started.

Tea Leaf Grade and Caffeine Content

Grading of tea leaves and caffeine content

Contrary to popular belief, black teas don’t always have more caffeine than green, white, or oolong teas. In fact, certain green and white teas can have significantly more caffeine than black teas.

Caffeine content has more to do with the part of the tea tree that it comes from. The topmost bud contains the most caffeine. The topmost leaves contain the next highest caffeine levels. The larger, lower leaves contain the least caffeine.

Typically, higher end teas will have more tea buds. A bolder cup of tea will use lower leaves on the tea tree. Surprisingly, a stong, smoky Lapsang Souchong will have a low level of caffeine compared to a tippy white tea such as Silver Needle.

Of course, there are other factors that affect the level of caffeine in tea, such as steeping time and temperature. Stay tuned for our next article on all the factors that affect caffeine level in tea.

Resources

Fun Fact: Did you know that rinsing your tea leaves in hot water won’t get rid of as much caffeine as you hope. Check out this article to see how much caffeine remains after resteeping your tea.

Important Questions to Ask your Organic Tea Wholesaler

Organic Wholesale Tea Blend

When you sell organic loose leaf tea, it’s important to have a good relationship with your organic tea vendor. Here are some crucial questions to ask before purchasing your organic teas with your tea vendors.

Are they Certified Organic?

Did you know that you could be fined for labeling a food as organic when it isn’t? Make sure to ask your tea vendor about their organic certification. Not all organic labels are created equal, use the right label for the right type of certification. All teas at Divinitea are certified USDA Organic.

Are they providing you with the selection and variety you need?

Customers like variety. You’ll want to offer a selection to satisfy a wide range of palates. Be sure that your vendor can provide you with a range of teas to refresh your tea selection from time to time.

At Divinitea, we offer our wholesale clients over 300 blends of certified organic teas to choose from.

Are they fresh?

A tea can sound great on paper, but if it isn’t fresh, it just won’t taste good, and that can hurt your reputation. Make sure to ask how long your tea vendor keeps teas on the shelf. At Divinitea, we order our bulk ingredients in smaller quantities and blend everything to order. We do this for two reasons. 1. We don’t have a huge warehouse; we have limited space to do our blending, so we keep inventory low. 2. We want to keep everything as fresh as possible. We only order what we will go through from month to month. We guarantee the finest quality and fresh sourced herbs and teas.

Can you get the samples you need?

You can’t really know what kind of tea you want until you try it. A good tea vendor will offer samples so you can find out what you would like to carry. At Divinitea, we offer all our wholesale clients free samples upon request.

How long does it take to get your teas?

To do proper inventory on teas, you have to factor in how long it takes to get your tea once your order is placed. Whatever you have in stock should last until you get your new order in. Tea inventory is more of an art than a science. It will take a little time, but you’ll get the hang of it!

At Divinitea, we ship all our wholesale orders via UPS, usually within 1-2 business days of receiving the order.

Do you get information about the teas?

It’s hard to sell a tea if you don’t know anything about it. A good tea vendor will offer descriptions of their blends. At Divinitea, our wholesale customers have special access to our staff by email or phone whenever they need descriptions of our teas.

Can your blender do a custom blend for your establishment?

It’s nice to know that if you can’t find a specific tea, you can have one custom blended for you. Unfortunately, not many organic tea vendors will make a blend for you.

Because we blend teas to order, we can accommodate special requests. If we don’t carry a tea you’re looking for, we can make a custom blend for you, please note that if we special order ingredients, there is a 10 lb minimum order.

Can you resell these teas with your name on them?

In case you want to label teas under your own name, it’s important to understand the rules first.

When you purchase from Divinitea, you can label teas under your own name, but please note that due to USDA regulations, if your business is not certified organic, you may not put the word “Organic” in the name of the tea, though you may mark the ingredients in the tea as organic.

How Much Caffeine is Left After Resteeping?

Caffeine in tea

Every time you steep tea, caffeine is removed. The question is, how much tea is left after a second and third steeping? Is it true that you can rinse tea leaves to remove most of the caffeine?

Traditional Method for Removing Caffeine from Tea

  1. Steep tea for 30 Seconds in hot water
  2. Dump water
  3. Resteep tea for desired time

Now 80% of the caffeine is removed, right? Think again… According to a study by Dr. Bruce Branan, Professor of Chemistry at Asbury College (Wilmore, KY), it takes a three-minute infusion just to remove 46-70% of the caffeine from a cup of tea.

Another item of interest, a Chinese white tea ranked #2 in caffeine content, just under an Assam black tea, suggesting that oxidation doesn’t affect caffeine levels in tea.

The only way to remove caffeine? Buy a decaf tea, or try an herbal infusion

Resources:

Too Easy to be True: De-bunking the At-Home Decaffeination Myth. Bruce Richardson http://elmwoodinn.com/about/caffeine.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that shade grown teas have more caffeine than teas grown in full sun?

How to Store Loose Leaf Tea

Proper storage tins for loose leaf tea

Nothing’s better than fresh, flavorful loose leaf tea. Nothing’s worse than good tea gone bitter and flavorless due to oxidation. Fortunately, it’s easy to properly store loose leaf tea to ensure freshness.

Best Tea Containers

The following make great tea containers, provided they have an airtight seal, are completely dry, and odor free:

  • Stainless steel tins: tea tins made out of stainless steel block sunlight, don’t absorb odors, and can be made durable for everyday use. Our stainless steel tea tins are designed especially for loose leaf tea.
  • Colored glass: darkly colored glass blocks most sunlight, doesn’t absorb odors, and is easy to clean. However, avoid direct sunlight even with colored glass.

Worst Tea Containers

  • Plastic: plastic tea containers absorb odors. If you have to use plastic, use only one flavor per container
  • Clear glass: clear glass tea containers don’t block sunlight. If you use clear glass, keep your tea in a dark place.
  • Leaky Containers: tea containers that don’t have a tight seal allow air to oxidize the tea and moisture to introduce mold. In addition, other smells in the kitchen can seep in.
  • Paper Bags: If you bought your tea and it came in a paper bag, transfer it into a more permanent container, unless you intend to consume the tea within a month or two.

Where to Store Loose Leaf Tea

Loose leaf tea absorbs moisture like a sponge. If tea gets damp, it begins to mold and decay. Keep loose leaf tea in a cool, dry place. A kitchen cupboard is a great place to store tea. Do not store your loose leaf tea in a refrigerator or freezer, this will introduce moisture and prematurely age your tea.

Loose leaf tea absorbs odors too. Don’t store your tea near spices or you might find your tea tasting like something you had for dinner!

Sunlight robs tea of flavor. Avoid direct sunlight. Even indirect light takes its toll.

How Long Will My Loose Leaf Tea Last?

Properly stored tea can last up to a year, perhaps even longer. However, to insure the best tasting tea, try to use up your supply within 3 months.

Fun Fact: Did you know that properly stored pu-erh can last for decades? In fact, a good pu-erh improves with time. That’s because pu-erh is the only fermented tea, aged just like a good wine!