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What do you think of Teavana?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I've been a teavana tea lover for the past 2 years, though I usually order from a less expensive place (Kally tea, for example). The only time I can afford Teavana is their after xmas sale or as gifts.

Well, I recently found this: http://seekingalpha.com/article/1019431-independent-lab-tests-indicate-teavana-deceiving-consumers-about-pesticides-in-tea

I shouldn't be surprised, but I am now going to finish the tea I have and stick with other tea vendors.

What do you think?

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on December 29, 2012
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Haha! They have a lot of sweetened horrible stuff, but they are pretty decent with some of the pricier green tea blends. This time of year they're very cheap. Otherwise, I definitely order elsewhere!

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Yes, I wonder how you know what is safe?!

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Yes, I only noticed that post paleo! I'm not into fruity teas- mostly chais, black teas, straight green tea, or oolong. Very interesting though! I got a gift set and it had a fruity one all sweetened!

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on December 28, 2012
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I was surprised to learn this after receiving a gift of a tea blend. It was so lightly sweet that I thought it was the tea, but upon further inspection, there were candied orange rinds in it. I still used it of course, but was definitely caught off guard by that.

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on December 28, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Not surprised, butOne thing I do know and don't like is that they put sugar in their tea blends and/or candy some of the ingredients (candied hibiscus flowers?!?!). I buy a lot of my tea from Harney & Sons and have always been happy with the quality.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I was surprised to learn this after receiving a gift of a tea blend. It was so lightly sweet that I thought it was the tea, but upon further inspection, there were candied orange rinds in it. I still used it of course, but was definitely caught off guard by that.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on December 29, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Yes, I only noticed that post paleo! I'm not into fruity teas- mostly chais, black teas, straight green tea, or oolong. Very interesting though! I got a gift set and it had a fruity one all sweetened!

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on December 28, 2012
at 08:49 PM

I've never actually walked into a Teavana because they smell like cheap potpourri. If I'm going to buy some quality oolong or puerh, I'm sure as hell not going to buy it in a store that caters to people who want crappy flavored tea. </tea snob>

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Haha! They have a lot of sweetened horrible stuff, but they are pretty decent with some of the pricier green tea blends. This time of year they're very cheap. Otherwise, I definitely order elsewhere!

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:17 PM

I have never thought their tea was as good as what you can get at places like Upton or Harney, but they're convenient when I'm in a mall and want a cup.

On this particular issue, though, I have no real opinion. I would not be surprised if much of the tea I buy as "organic" turns out to have pesticides -- I doubt most tea merchants do independent testing.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on December 29, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Yes, I wonder how you know what is safe?!

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