• Tea Business Owner’s Favorite Teas: What Are Your Top Tea Picks?

Tea Business Owner’s Favorite Teas: What Are Your Top Tea Picks?

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Did you know many of our brick-and-mortar locations offer hot & iced tea to go?

Take a Tea Break

Stop in and explore over 50 quality, loose leaf teas from around the world – smell the teas, learn ingredients of tea blends, origins, and more for a fully immersive experience!

Select a tea and bring it to the Tea Bar to have it brewed fresh (most of our locations have newly-added TEA BARS). Choose from an 8, 12, or 16-ounce size, hot or iced. Not sure where to begin? No worries! We’ve asked some store owners to share some of their favorite recommendations. You’re sure to get the best picks with recommendations from all over the country of tea business owners’ favorite teas!

Teas to Try


“Coconut Oolong Tea, Lemon Drop Maté Tea, Mystic Dragon Green Tea, and Mango Tango Herbal Tea”

-The Spice & Tea Exchange® of San Antonio, Texas


“I love to recommend the Chocolate Chai Black Tea, especially if they're looking for something unique. I love the chocolate with the spices! Iced or hot, it's my go-to treat.”

-The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Scottsdale, Arizona


“Usually [if they are from out of town], we like to suggest our Florida Sunshine Tea or Coconut Oolong Tea. The Florida Sunshine Tea makes them feel that they are officially on vacation. The Coconut Oolong entices them into a different tea nuance, and they are always excited. “

-The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Saint Augustine, Florida


“Berry Bouquet, with a scoop of Red Raspberry Sugar and a little honey, is excellent when it's warm outside!! When there's a bit of chill in the air, Fireside Spice Oolong and Hazelnut Cookie Black teas team up well with a scoop of Pumpkin Pie Sugar!!”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Greenville, South Carolina


“I start my day with a combo of Black Pu-erh Tea, Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea, and Mint Basil Herbal Tea. My employees however always reach and recommend Lemon Drop Maté Tea! The combination of the green tea, yerba maté and matcha gives them the kick-start they need any time of day!”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of West Monroe, Louisiana


“One of our favorite combos to make is the “Pumpkin Snickerdoodle” during the fall. We combine Hazelnut Cookie Black Tea, our limited time Pumpkin Chai Latte Tea, and Pumpkin Pie Sugar! It’s amazing with cream or without, hot or iced! When guests visit our tea bar one of our most popular drinks is a Lady Grey Tea à la Crème London Fog.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Anchorage, Alaska


“We have two favorites in this store. Marc’s favorite is the Fireside Spice Tea, my favorite (hot or cold) is the Blueberry Black Tea.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Spartanburg, South Carolina


“We love the Mint-Chilla Chai-Nilla Tea. The base is a tea called Pu-erh which has this dark, full-bodied flavor which is brightened up by a spicy peppermint overlay.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Frederick, Maryland


“One of my personal favorites is Iron Goddess of Mercy - partially because of the EXTREMELY cool name and mostly because it is, hands down, the best oolong tea I have EVER had!”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of San Francisco, California


“Our favorite tea to recommend is Coconut Oolong with Pineapple Sugar. It's like a work-safe Piña Colada, and a nice mental vacation whenever you need one.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Portsmouth, New Hampshire


“Blue Raspberry Crush Herbal Tea is fun to recommend. It's fruity, flavorful, and turns blue because of the butterfly pea flower.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Grapevine & Stockyards, Texas


“For cold weather, I might suggest Mint Basil Herbal Tea or Daily Defense Herbal Tea. In the summer, I like Bonita Peach Rooibos Herbal Tea, Blood Orange Smoothie Herbal Tea, or Cinnamon Plum Herbal Tea. People are always pleasantly surprised to try them iced.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Branson, Missouri


“We’ve been recommending Apricot Ginger Black Tea for a nice flavored black tea, hot or cold; also Black Pu-erh tea for a straight black iced tea because it is so flavorful. A popular green tea hot or cold has been the Strawberry Meadows Green and White Tropical for a nice light and refreshing white tea. As for our herbal teas, Mango Tango Herbal Tea had quickly become a fan and staff favorite especially for an iced tea. And don’t forget to add a peach honey straw for a great-tasting treat on a warm day.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Fisherman’s Village, Winter Garden, & Mount Dora, Florida


“I recommend Apricot Ginger Black Tea to a lot of new guests requesting caffeine and fruity flavor. I also love that this tea is so versatile and can be enjoyed hot or iced. I personally add a little Amber Rock Sugar simple syrup to take it up a notch. The Amber Rock Sugar doesn't compete with the flavor profile of the tea.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho


“We love to recommend for our busy and stressed guests and iced Strawberry Meadows Green Tea with Catnip, refreshing and relaxing.”

-The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Idaho Springs, Colorado


“Down here in Key West it's all about the tropics: Mango Tango Herbal Tea, Elderberry Fortress Herbal Tea, Superberry Trifecta Green Tea, and Blueberry Black Tea. Iced teas that they never dreamed would be so good!”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Key West, Florida


“I love Lady Grey Tea for a black tea - it's a great way to take that tea that everyone already knows and experience something extra special. Herbal - Chamomile Twist Herbal Tea - a perfect way to wind down with just a hint of citrus and mint. Berry White Tea - Full of fresh berry flavor and it's such a wonderful color when it steeps.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Lancaster, Pennsylvania


“We have many guests who love recommendations for teas and one of our favorites to recommend is the Ginseng Hippie Herbal Tea – full of flavor and ranks high on our wellness chart. Refreshing hot or cold.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

“We have a customer who accidentally "discovered" my favorite when she dumped the leftovers of two teas together: one-part Blueberry Black Tea with one-part Blue Raspberry Crush Herbal Tea. We call it "Black and Blue." The bold blueberry flavor with the lemongrass of Blue Raspberry Crush Herbal Tea pairs perfectly for a refreshing, fruity taste.”

- The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Brewing Essentials to Check Out During Your Next Visit

Once you’ve chosen a favorite tea at the tea bar, it’s super easy to find all the essentials you need for home brewing in one trip! All you need is loose leaf tea and a tea steeper! Some convenient favorites include the Mesh Ball Infusers/Mesh Scissors Infusers and the Tuffy Silicone Infuser.

What Are Your Top Tea Picks?

Have you been to a The Spice & Tea Exchange® location? Are you a fan of loose leaf tea? What are your top tea picks? What do you recommend to a first-time tea drinker? Let us know in the comments below!



The Spice & Tea Exchange ® was founded in 2008, by a group of talented individuals with a passion for life and food. What started as a small shop St. Augustine, Florida, has quickly grown into a nation-wide franchise powered by flavor, passionate franchise owners, and a desire to bring flavorful ingredients to your kitchen. Interested in starting a franchise such as a spice shop or tea shop? We’d love to share what our spice and tea business is all about! Learn more here.