COVID-19 - are you still operating during Alert Level 4?
Because we are a home-based beverage business our website is open and we continue to ship tea all across New Zealand. Teaware can only be purchased alongside tea (as this doesn't create an extra parcel for the courier to deliver). We expect it will be a very busy time for couriers so it may be best to expect any deliveries will take a little longer than normal. All parcels will be delivered as ‘authority to leave’ (dropped at your door, no signature). If you don’t have an obvious place for the courier to leave your parcel, add a note in the comments section of your order.
We encourage you to use your tea as a way to find a moment of peace and stillness - focus all your senses on your tea and let it help you relax. Looking after our wellbeing now is more important than ever and you can use the simple act of preparing and drinking a cup of tea to help you give your brain a well-deserved break.
As situation is evolving at a rapid pace, we’ll keep you updated here and on our Instagram and Facebook pages if anything changes.
Keep well and stay safe x
Where do you source your tea from?
Sourcing and sending top quality tea in every box is incredibly important to us. To help us make this happen we partner with a small number of trusted wholesalers and are developing direct relationships with tea gardens. Over time we will source our precious leaves from tea producing nations across the world – from the more well-known regions such as China, India and Sri Lanka, to the lesser known tea areas such as Nepal, Indonesia, Taiwan - and maybe even New Zealand :).
What types of tea will appear in the boxes?
We focus on high grade, single origin tea and will include tea from the six different categories – white, green, yellow, oolong, black and fermented – in our subscription boxes. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 different types of tea produced across the world, so we hope you will always something interesting and exciting on your doorstep. One month you might open your box to find a Gyokuro green tea from Japan and a high grown black tea from Sri Lanka, the next you might find a Da Hong Pao oolong from China alongside a hand-crafted black tea from Malawi. Soon, you’ll be as excited about tea as we are!
Do you include herbal tea?
Our expertise lies in pure tea – that is, tea made with leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant (the tea bush). We don’t provide herbal infusions or blends - there are many great companies that do those so well already.
Are your teas organic?
Our teas will be a variety of non-organic and organic teas. We are always on the look-out for high quality, organic teas and many growers are now changing their techniques in response to consumer demand for organic products. When we are able to source organic teas, they will be clearly labelled. Many small growers often maintain their tea bushes without the use of pesticides, however can’t obtain formal organic certification for logistical or financial reasons. You may see a description such as ‘pesticide free’ in these cases. When sourcing our tea, we will always seek as much information as we can about how the tea is grown so we can pass this on to you.
What happens if I don't like the tea I receive?
With our subscription boxes, we send out two different teas every month and this gives you the chance to experiment and learn about the different flavour profiles. We hope that you will enjoy all the teas that you try, but we understand some may not be to your taste. If this happens, we would love you to gift the tea to a friend or family member who may enjoy it as we cannot accept returns due to individual taste preferences. If your product is damaged, please see our Returns policy.
When will I receive my subscription box?
Your very first subscription box is sent as soon as you purchase it. Our courier's target is to get this to you within 2 – 3 working days or 3 – 5 working days if you are rural. All subsequent subscription boxes are sent in the first week of each month following.
If you purchase your first subscription after the 10th of the month, rather than receiving your second box only two weeks later, we’ll skip the next month (and that month’s charge), and you will receive the second box the month following. For example, if you purchase your subscription on the 15th December, you will receive your first box a few days later, then your second box in the first week of February.
When will my credit card be charged?
The monthly subscription fee will be taken out of your account on the 1st of every month.
Can I skip a month or pause my subscription?
You can skip deliveries by logging on to your account (via the person icon on the top right side of our homepage) and selecting ‘Manage subscriptions’, then ‘Delivery schedule’ and here you will be able to skip a month or more. Or you can email us. Our system doesn't have a 'pause' function unfortunately.
How can I cancel my subscription?
We love happy, tea-drinking customers so we’d love to hear from you before you cancel to see if there’s anything we can do to keep you supplied with great tea – you can contact us here. But, if you really must leave us, you can log on to your account (via the person icon on the top right side of our homepage) and select ‘Manage subscriptions’ and here you will be able to cancel your subscription. Please notify us by the 27th of the prior month if you wish to cancel your subscription.
Is your packaging recyclable?
Our boxes are made out of cardboard and vegetable ink and these can be recycled. Our precious tea leaves are easily affected by light, air, humidity, moisture, smells so we use the best packaging - foil pouches - to make sure they arrive to you in the best condition. Our pouches cannot be recycled, but we hope you will be able to re-use them for other purposes or keep them so you have a record of the wonderful tea you have sipped.
Do you follow a food safety process?
Absolutely. Handling our tea in a way that ensures it is safe for you to consume is very important to us. Our food safety system has been assessed by Telarc Ltd and meets the requirements for a HACCP based food safety system. You can see our most recent food safety certificate here.