At George Mason University, where I was an undergrad and am now a grad student, there are several coffeeshops. They serve either Tazo or Republic of Tea, and so, over the years I’ve spent there, I’ve consumed quite a bit Republic of Tea. In addition, when Teavana discontinued their Rose Congo, I switched to Republic of Tea’s loose leaf version. Fabulous. I also started reading a book by the founders of Republic of Tea about starting the company, and while I’m not into business books, it’s actually pretty interesting.
That said, it had been awhile since I visited Republic of Tea’s website. Then, recently while writing an updated article about my favorite tea companies, I started poking around. And the more I poke, the more pleased I am.
For one thing, they have one of the largest selections of certified teas that I have ever seen: Ten certified organic teas; five certified Fair Trade teas. Thirteen products benefit breast cancer research. A whole collection of teas that donate to non-profit organizations. And a seemingly endless collection of Kosher products.
On the taste side, they have pretty reasonable prices, and an extremely wide selection to please many palates. Many of the products are also available in grocery stores, the only option for many consumers.
In addition to tea, they sell quite a few accessories and tasty treats. One of my long-time addictions is the Cinnamon Plum Tea Jam. It tastes almost like homemade. In fact, better. I’m also intrigued by the Chai Spice Honey for tea. Even more intriguing? The Stir Fry set, which includes oil cold-pressed from tea leaves and Stir Fry Tea Spice including gunpowder tea and other spices.
All in all, I think the Republic of Tea is going to get quite a bit more of my business, since I like to support everything that they are doing.
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