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Comparing the price of tea across different brands is not an easy task. First of all, tea comes in various forms and sizes: loose leaf, tea bags, and sachets, tea samplers, bulk sale. On top of that, some producers use the metric system (grams), while others prefer traditional one (ounces). In Mad Tea Club, we convert these confusing measurements to easy-to-read price ratings that reflect estimated price per cup.
How many cups of tea per ounce or gram?
Our price estimate for any product is based on the cost per 8oz cup of tea.
1 ounce of loose leaf tea normally yields about 13 cups. That equals 45 cups per 100 gram of tea.
Do you prefer the tea bags? That’s easy. One tea bag or sachet equals one cup of tea.
What is the average cost of a cup of tea?
Our price ratings are as follows:
$ – up to 25c per cup
$$ – 25c to 50c
$$$ – 50c to 1$
$$$$ – over 1$
The price ratings are estimates only. In reality, the price of your cup of tea might come up higher or lower depending on various factors. Here are some additional points to consider when estimating your costs.
- Tea in the bag. In general, loose leaf tea is a better value than tea bags and sachets. Consider using fillable tea bags for your fave loose leaves on the go.
- The gift of tea. Tea makes a great gift, however, be prepared to shed some extra dollars on that tea in a fancy tin.
- Give it a try. Although sample-sized teas are usually priced up, it is a great way to try different tea varieties of a new brand. Some tea brands offer prepacked sets of a few different teas. They price the samplers very reasonably, promoting their products to potential customers.
- Size matters. The Same brand might have packaging of different sizes available for sale. The more you buy, the more you save. However, the bulk purchase does not make much sense, unless you supply for your business or… your pet elephant? Tea is better consumed fresh, preferably within a few months.
- Make more use of it. All green, oolong, and some black teas are good for 3-5 infusions, reducing the price of your cup of tea even more. Note that tea changes its flavor from one infusion to another and the first one does not necessarily come as the best of all.
After all these calculations, the conclusion is obvious: even the most expensive loose leaf tea is quite affordable per serving compared to coffee, soda, and even bottled water. So, enjoy your cuppa: it’s always tea time!