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Discover TEAS FAQ

Logistics Questions:

Basics of Tea Questions:

Tea and Health Questions:

Going Further Through the Steeping Glass:

Basics of Tea:

What's the difference between loose and bagged teas?

Bagged teas are made from what the tea industry calls "dust and fannings." This refers to the remnants of tea that are left over after all of the loose teas have been sold, so it is often old and no longer possesses the flavor and nutritional benefits found in fresh loose tea. Teabag purveyors often disguise this by spraying the dust with artificial flavors or adding filler from old tea. Quality loose-leaf tea from reputable sources is the best way to enjoy the natural taste and benefits of tea.

Help! Tea is confusing. What is the difference between white, green, black, and oolong teas? What about rooibos and herbal teas??

White, green, black, and oolong teas are all made from leaves from the same plant, Camellia sinensis (the tea plant). The differences are primarily due to processing style and oxidation level, which lead to a wide range of flavors and qualities among the different styles. Herbal teas, such as rooibos, honeybush, or teas made with lavender, ginger, etc. are technically "tisanes" (infusions). Since they aren't made from the tea plant, they don't contain caffeine, but most still contain a variety of beneficial vitamins and nutrients.

How do I steep my tea?

There are many different ways to steep tea, from the ultra-traditional to the ultra-modern. The amount of tea that you use, the temperature of the water, and the length of the steep all contribute greatly to how tea tastes. This is often the difference between a smooth, round cup of tea and a bitter, overly astringent cup of tea. Check out our brewing guide or the individual steeping suggestions for each tea for our recommendations.

What do I use to steep my tea?

There is a lot of teaware out there, and which is best will vary depending on your needs. You may need a different steeping solution for making tea by the cup than you would for entertaining a large group of people or performing a tea ceremony. Overall, we recommend large basket-style tea infusers and tea presses, as they allow the tea leaves room to fully open in a cup, thereby releasing all of their flavor and benefits. Tea "spoons" and tea balls may be pretty, but are often messy and not large enough for the recommended amount of tea.

How do I store my quality loose-leaf tea?

When stored correctly, your loose-leaf tea can retain its quality and flavor for anywhere from six months to even as long as a year — if you don't drink it all first, of course! Storing tea doesn't have to be difficult as long as you remember that tea can easily absorb strong odors and flavors if not sealed correctly. For more information, check out our guide on storing fine teas!

There are many tea shops out there, so what makes you different?

Here at Discover Teas, we insist on maintaining the highest standard of quality possible in tea. All of our teas are hand-picked and made completely without pesticides, artificial flavors, or preservatives. As a small business, people are one of our greatest assets, so we also ensure that our tea comes from plantations that treat their workers fairly. Our teas are blended with love and steeped in gratitude, and we like to think that makes a big difference — but don't just take our word for it, check out our customer reviews here or on our individual tea pages, then try the Discover Teas difference for yourself!

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Tea and Health:

What makes tea healthy?

The first recorded use of tea was as a medicinal beverage in the Chinese imperial court. The tea plant contains a host of beneficial phytonutrients that have a variety of benefits on individual health. Different herbs used in tisanes can also offer many health benefits. In addition, when you drink tea, you are hydrating yourself and nourishing your spirit. Tea can be an important part of your wellness and self-care regimen, but is not a cure-all and cannot replace medical or pharmaceutical interventions, such as vaccines, or personal health protections, such as well-fitting masks. For more information, check out our blogs on tea and health, or take a look at our WellTeaings section.

What's the healthiest tea?

Since everyone is different, the question of tea and health is always an individual one, as it depends on what specific health benefits you're looking for. No tea is healthy if you don't drink it, of course, so the healthiest tea is going to be the one you enjoy drinking the most!

What tea has the most antioxidants?

Different teas have different levels of antioxidants. When considering antioxidants, a tea like our matcha, with high-quality leaves that are fully ingested when you drink the tea, is going to have the absolute highest level of antioxidants compared to a simple infusion. Of course, there are also other ways to consume tea that result in high levels of antioxidant absorption, such as using tea in cooking or baking.

How much caffeine does tea have?

Caffeine levels in tea vary; it isn't always as simple as X tea has Y amount of caffeine. The caffeine in tea is dependent on many factors, such as age of the tea plant and style of processing.

Doesn't the caffeine in tea dehydrate you?

When you drink a cup of tea, the amount of water used in the tea far outweighs the amount of caffeine in that tea. Far from dehydrating you, properly-steeped quality tea is actually a great way to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day! For more information, check out our blog on tea, caffeine and hydration.

Does your tea have gluten?

Our tea, like most high-quality loose tea, does not contain gluten, which is not a substance that occurs naturally in tea.

Is your tea organic?

All of our teas are hand-harvested and made completely without pesticides, artificial flavors, or preservatives. We also ensure that our tea comes from plantations that treat their workers fairly and with respect. There is no firm international standard for being "organic." Hundreds of agencies worldwide certify "organic" products, all of which have different regulations and metrics. Regardless of the standards used, organic certification is a large investment in both time and money. Many smaller plantations simply don't have enough of either to jump through the bureaucratic hoops required in addition to producing pure, natural, quality tea. The irony is that this lack of resources is usually due to that time and money being focused instead on producing tea that would pass with flying colors! A tea plantation may use organic farming practices, treat its workers fairly, and take great care in postproduction to ensure a superior (and healthy!) product that still may not have a "certified organic" stamp on it. In contrast, a corporation-owned plantation may produce mediocre tea that is still machine-harvested, with dedicated workers who are paid a pittance, and still be able to pay to call its tea "organic." For more information about our position on organic labeling, check out this blog by our founder.

I didn't find the answer to my health-related tea question here!

We're sorry to hear that! We have a lot more information on how tea improves your health in our blog entries. If you still can't find the answer to your question there, feel free to contact us directly via e-mail or by calling or texting us.

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Logistics questions:

What do I do if I haven't received an order confirmation?

Order confirmation e-mails are generally sent automatically within 5-10 minutes of your order. If you have not received an order confirmation within that time, please check your Spam folder for e-mails from or If you do not find an e-mail confirmation even in your Spam folder, AND the order total has been withdrawn from your account, please go to our custom request form and list the items you ordered to ensure that you receive it correctly, as our website has experienced issues in the past. You may receive an e-mail from me within 1-2 business days to check on your situation, or a phone call to the number provided in your order if the e-mail is not responded to within 3-5 business days.

Please note that I ALWAYS manually refund all duplicate orders made to the same shipping address within 2-3 business days; the refund may take up to 5 business days to show up in your accounts.

What are your shipping and delivery policies and rates?

Please see our shipping and fulfillment page for our current processing times PRIOR to shipping. These processing times do NOT include shipping time and may be further delayed after you order due to inclement weather, illness, or other emergency situations beyond our control. Should your order fulfillment be delayed beyond our posted processing time, we will contact you at the e-mail address provided on your order to inform you of the situation and your options. Our orders are shipped via USPS. We cannot control shipping delays after the order has been dropped off at USPS or if your package is stolen after delivery. We charge a flat $5.95 shipping fee for orders under $65; orders $65 and over ship for free. We do not offer expedited shipping options. 

Where is my tracking number?

If it is past the posted pre-shipping processing time (in business days, not including holidays) and you have not received a tracking number, please check your Spam folder for e-mails from our postage provider You are always welcome to e-mail or call/text us after the processing window has closed for a copy of your tracking number.

What are your policies for returns and/or refunds?

Purchases of custom blends are nonrefundable after 24 hours. Purchases of other teas, teawares, or accessories are nonrefundable after your order has been shipped. To request a refund BEFORE your order has been shipped (please note our processing times listed on our shipping and fulfillment page DO NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING TIME), please e-mail or call/text us.

Purchases of eBooks are nonrefundable once the eBook has been sent. If your eBook file is corrupted or if it was purchased in an incorrect format, please let me know via the e-mail address/phone number above and I can send a replacement for free.

Gift card purchases are nonrefundable if any amount of the gift card has been used.

I manually refund shipping costs for multiple orders shipping to the same address that are placed before the full order ships, unless the orders are requested to ship in different packages. Otherwise, shipping costs are nonrefundable unless the entire order is canceled and refunded.

I bought/received a tea from you that I can't find online now. Is there anything I can do?

Some of our teas have been discontinued, but in some cases we may be able to create a duplicate. If you received or created a custom tea blend, please use our custom request form for your entire Discover Teas order, and we will send you an online invoice for payment. If using this, please check your Spam folder for e-mails from

Do you have gift cards?

Yes! Find our e-gift card options here. Gift cards are automatically e-mailed directly to your recipient upon purchase, so please ask them to check their Spam folder for e-mails from or Gift card purchasers and recipients can always e-mail or call/text us for a copy of the gift card code. We are not responsible for disputes between gift card purchasers and recipients.

For a personalized gift card graphic to send or to print out and gift directly, please enter the recipient's name and YOUR (the purchaser) e-mail address during purchase and I will e-mail you within 2-3 business days with the personalized picture. Please remember to check your Spam folder for e-mails from or if you have not received the graphic after that time.

Is there a Discover Teas in my area?

We no longer have brick-and-mortar locations, but we're always open 24/7 right here online, shipping nationwide to the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam, and APOs/FPOs!

Do you ship to APOs/FPOs?

Yes, we do — to facilitate this, please give us a call!

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Going Further Through the Steeping Glass:

Can I make iced tea with loose tea?

Not only can you easily make iced tea with loose tea, quality loose tea can give you the best iced tea you've ever had! You can check our Iced Tea Brewing Guide for the cool details! There are several different techniques you can use to make iced loose tea. Even better, they're quick, easy, and don't result in your tea getting diluted or overly watered down. All of our teas are great iced as well as hot, a welcome treat when it's hot out. And as this article from Fresh Cup says, cold-brewing couldn't be easier!

Can I still steep great tea even if I don't have a thermometer to check my water temperature?

You certainly can! One of the easiest methods, if you don't mind letting your water come to a boil, is just to take it off the heat as soon as it boils and let it rest. After about one minute, the water should be at around 195°F – 200°F, perfect for a black tea. After three or so, it should be around 175°F – 185°F, great for a green or white tea. Our Tea Temperature Tips share a few more advanced methods that you can try once you're used to steeping tea. Remember, when in doubt, it's almost always better to steep lower than higher!

What other things can I do with tea?

One of the many reasons we love tea so much is because it can be so much more than a beverage. Not only is it a source of near-instant aromatherapy, tea — steeped or unsteeped — can be used as an ingredient in cooking, baking, cocktail mixing, home freshening, and so much more. After you're finished with them, steeped tea remains can even be used to help make great compost! For more ideas, look up our blog or our Facebook page, where we often share favorite alternative uses for tea.

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