Welcome to Honest Tea ® - fine teas for people who take time to savour tea
Thanks for visiting! My name's Annie Young.
The Honest Tea Story
I started Honest Tea at home in 2005 after opting out of a busy corporate career. A lot has happened since then, but you're not here to read all about my story, are you? Suffice to say, along the way one of the things we've been asked most is:
"how can I make your tea at home"?
That made us think... Why don't we use our connections in the tea industry to get you the best tea leaves - just like we did with our bottled iced tea range. After all, we're the original real iced tea company and have been brewing and tinkering with the best tea leaves on the planet for years!
So here we are, bringing you some of the world's best teas for you to make iced or hot at home.
Stop drinking tea!
"What?", I hear you say! Yes - it's time to stop drinking and start enjoying and savouring tea. You can start today by deciding to never again drink ordinary teas. It's not that they are bad - cask wine and instant coffee aren't bad. The coffee industry has it right. The wine industry has it right. There is a real role for drinks that tastes fantastic even though they cost a little more.
The Honest Tea philosophy is:
Life's too short to drink ordinary tea.
On this site, you'll find a very simple range of super-premium teas. We've decided to keep the range to just the essentials. If you want to grab some of the best tea on the planet, and start enjoying tea the way it should be drunk, you'll have no trouble making up your mind. (In fact, perhaps you're convinced already? If so, just click here and try one of our wonderful teas now - you're not even taking a risk because we have the 100% satisfaction Honest Tea compost guarantee)
Hot or iced - But please, no herb infusions!
Iced: Real tea leaves blended to give you the ultimate refreshment.
Hot: Black teas and green teas designed to be brewed carefully and savoured hot.
Don't get me started on herbal tea. Chamomile, lemon. Whatever.... You won't find them here because they aren't tea. All our teas (in fact all teas) come from the Camelia Sinensis bush. Green teas are steamed and dried. Black teas are fermented and dried. Simple. (By the way, most of those exotic flavours like "creme brulee" are usually artificial flavours sprayed onto tea. Yuck. It's a bit like adding vanilla essence to a fine wine... And it is wrong!)
Pure, simple, good quality, real tea - That is Honest Tea!
Aussie tea: What went wrong?
In Australia many of us are drinking the most appalling tea in the world. If you want to know why, I'm going to write an essay on that issue and I'll post it here when I get a moment. But briefly, we Aussies have been served CTC (cut tear curl, or crushed) teas brewed using teabags dunked in reboiled water for a couple seconds - Yuck!
But there is simply no need to drink bad tea. The teas we sell right here on this site are nothing but the best in the world. All you have to do is make them using our tips here, and you'll be drinking tea like it should be drunk.
And yet if you look at the cost of the drink, this is actually INSANELY great value. I'm hopelessly biased, but...
I think Honest Tea is the greatest value drink in the world!
To drink super-premium tea, your per cup cost is as low as 60c a cup.
What a steal! If you drink the equivalent quality in wine, you'll expect to pay up to $40 a glass at a wine bar!
Why should I try Honest Tea?
Good question. If you don't buy from us, that's fine. Just make sure you're buying quality tea somewhere. But if you're thinking of giving us a try, thank you!
Here is a list of what our customers tell us we do best:
Our teas are always sourced from contacts with the best networks in the local grower areas. We tend to favour Sri-Lanka (Ceylon) and India as well as China. China used to be a problem for reliable supply but is now a wonderful source of quality teas.
What are you waiting for? Try something that takes your fancy -I personally guarantee you'll love it.
PS - Order now - you get our 100% satisfaction Honest Tea COMPOST Guarantee
If you order a tea from us and you don't like it, or if it doesn't arrive within 3 working days, you are entitled to our COMPOST guarantee. Why "Compost"? Because we don't even want the tea back. You can put it on your garden so at least your flowers like it.