So you’ve learned how big the world of tea is, and now you want to taste as much tea as you can? Well, buying lots of high-quality loose-leaf tea can get expensive very quickly. Not to mention, it’s wasteful because half of it will likely keep sitting in your cupboard never to be finished. The solution? Tea samples – and there are ways to get them for free.
By getting tea samples, you get to experience many different kinds of tea before deciding to buy only the ones that you’ve enjoyed. Fortunately, some tea companies offer tea samples, and some of them even do it for free. Here’s the list of tea shops that offer free tea samples, with some extra tips that I’ve discovered.
How Much Tea per Sample?
The amount of tea you get per sample varies from shop to shop. So tea shops will offer a single serving per sample, especially the ones that give complimentary samples when you order something. While some tea shops offer samples separately and they can often make 2-4 cups.
My experience is that a sample will contain around 10g of loose-leaf tea. In fact, that’s how much tea my own tea shop’s samples contain. That usually makes a few cups or a single large teapot, enough to make a purchasing decision.
Where to Get Free Tea Samples?
There are several ways tea shops offer tea samples. Many shops (mine included), add some complimentary samples when you submit an order. Others offer them separately. They can set you back a few dollars, or be free entirely, often only costing you the shipping.
Order free samples online
Here are the tea sellers that offer free tea samples. Some of them require you to cover shipping fees.
- Mr. P’s – offer 3 samples for a $5 shipping fee for those in the USA.
- Convivial Feast – offers 5 teas of your choice for free with a $5 shipping in the USA, but also ships globally.
- Adagio Teas – offer 4 different samples of loose-leaf tea for free, with you paying for the shipping. Only available in the US.
- Den’s Tea – offers free tea samplers in the US and Canada, you need to pay a small amount for shipping.
- Georgian Tea Limited – free samplers of 3 teas shipped from New York, you need to cover shipping which is $3.75 in the US. Very interesting teas, from the country of Georgia.
- PMD Tea – if you live in the UK, you can get some free samples with £1.49 shipping fee.
- Ban Town Tea – while their site doesn’t look that great, they offer free samples, you only cover shipping, and they’re based in the US.
- Raw Essentials Tea – they allow you to select 4 teas to try, they’re based in Australia, but ship internationally, although you cover shipping.
- Tea Lula – they offer up to 3 free tea samples to choose from with you paying the shipping only, they ship from the US.
- TenFu’s Teas – they allow up to 2 free samples with every order, but you can also get them for free if you pay the shipping cost.
- Teasenz – good news for tea bloggers! If you are willing to review their tea, they will send samples of their tea for free, with free shipping.
- Tea Shirt – offer one free sample for new customers. Ships from the UK and you pay for the shipping.
Get free samples when buying tea
Here are the tea shops that offer free complimentary tea samples with your orders:
- Palais des Thes – I enjoy their loose-leaf teas, and they also add 3-4 tea samples with every order, you can leave a note asking for the specific ones. Their samples make one serving per sample. Be sure to select your region as they have different websites for France, the UK, the US, and other countries.
- Harney & Sons – when you purchase tea for over $40 you can add some tea samples. I love their teas, and tasting their samples is a good way to decide which teas to get from them next.
- The Tea Spot – a free sample is offered with every purchase, however, you can get them individually at $1 a piece.
- Munnar Tea Shop – an Indian tea shop that allows you to add tea samples with a regular order.
- Webster’s Tea – offers 3 free tea samples in New Zealand when making an order.
- Teavivre – offers complimentary tea samples if you make an order above $30.
- Viston Tea – this is my tea shop, and we add 1-3 samples of teas with every order.
Get free tea samples directly from suppliers
I discovered this way of getting free tea samples when I was looking for a supplier for my tea shop. Turns out, that some suppliers are keen to offer their tea samples for free.
However, tea suppliers work with tea businesses and by offering free samples they’re expecting to get you as a long-term client. It would be wrong to pretend you’re a tea business to collect some free samples.
On the other hand, nothing is stopping you from contacting them directly, introducing yourself and kindly asking for free tea samples, making it clear that you’re not selecting them for business.
- Alveus – is one of the suppliers I encountered in my search that offered free tea samples.
- Eteakol – is another wholesale supplier offering free samples.
- Valley Green Tea – is a Chinese supplier offering free tea samples, but you need to cover the postage fee.
What to do when you have too much tea?
Ah, you discovered tea samples too late and now all of your kitchen drawers are full of unused tea? Well, maybe somebody else will enjoy the tea that you don’t use.
There are communities named “tea exchanges” or “tea swap”, they can be found on Reddit (/r/teaexchange), Instagram, tea forums, and Facebook groups. This may be a great way not only to clean up some kitchen space but also to try some new tea! This method essentially allows you to exchange the tea that you have for different tea samples of other teas.
Tea samples are a good way to discover new teas, without wasting money or tea. However, looking for tea shops that offer them takes a lot of time, so I’ve compiled this handy list for you.
If you have teas that are sitting around, never to be finished, give them a second life and exchange them for something new. There are people who will be happy to swap their teas with you.
If you know some places that offer free tea samples that I haven’t mentioned, feel free to leave a comment or contact me to add them to the list.
When you’re ready to buy tea, make sure you know what to look for when buying tea online by reading my guide, so you will not be disappointed.
Leave a comment below – what is your favorite tea shop?