14 Loose Leaf Teas To Try— & Everything Else You To Brew A Soothing Cup

Perhaps it’s because we may have a little more time to linger in the kitchen, or maybe we’re just looking for moments of calm in a time where things feel anything but. What is certain, however, is that loose leaf tea is back, baby. (Not that it ever left.)

The calming yin to coffee’s battery acid-like yang, tea has long taken the second spot as people’s caffeinated hot beverage of choice — but no longer does that seem to be the case. As the R29 shopping team’s resident Tea Person, I myself have been relying on savoring the serene steeping of a full-bodied Genmaicha (a Japanese green tea with brown rice) to provide me with a moment of tranquility. While tea bags are great for convenience and easy brewing, loose leaf teas lend themselves to more of a ritual, rather than a mundane routine.

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Here, we're presenting you with the beginner's guide to building your own loose leaf tea starter pack. From different varieties to pick up to our go-to methods of brewing, here's the ultimate tea starter pack to help you press pause when you need to...and that's the tea.

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Rishi Loose Leaf Tea Bags


Firstly, If you don't have one of those metal infuser balls at the ready, not to worry — these biodegradable tea filters can be filled with your choice of loose leaf tea to create your own tea bag.
Rishi Tea Loose Leaf Tea Bags, 100 Tea Bags$4.99 Buy

Hangin Dunkin Robot Tea Infuser with Drip Tray


Another brewing option is this whimsical robot-shaped infuser, which hugs onto each side of your cup to keep things stable (and 'gram-friendly).
Hangin Dunkin Robot Tea Infuser with Drip Tray$6.99 Buy

Viva Scandinavia Infusion Teapot in Clear


Once you're ready to commit, level up your game with an elevated glass teapot with its own built-in infuser basket.
Viva Scandinavia Infusion Teapot in Clear$29.99 Buy
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And now, onto the teas...

Par Avion I Love You Tea

Black (High Caffeine)

In addition to making for a thoughtful mother's day gift, this gourmand black tea has notes of vanilla, in addition to teeny-tiny sugar hearts for a sweet treat.
Par Avion Tea I Love You Tea$17.00 Buy

Stash Tea Chai Spice Black Loose Leaf Tea

Black

Enjoy a cup of warm, spicy tea with a gorgeous chai blend infused with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and cardamom.
Stash Tea Chai Spice Black Loose Leaf Tea 3.5 Ounce Bag$6.42 Buy

Harney & Sons Paris

Black

Traditional black leaves get a vibrant, citrusy upgrade with a hint of bergamot for a blend inspired by the City of Light.
Harney & Sons Black Tea, Paris, 4 oz$7.59 Buy

Teabloom Flowering Green Tea Flowers

Green (low to medium caffeine)

Take a moment to enjoy the ritual of steeping a pot tea: These Amazon-favorite flowering loose leaf balls slowly "bloom" when in contact with hot water.
Teabloom Flowering Green Tea$19.95 Buy

BLK & Bold Moroccan Mint Loose Leaf Green Tea


Green (low to medium caffeine)

Black-owned BLK & Bold makes a full range of delicious loose leaf teas, ranging from high-caffeine darjeeling to herbal chamomile. Plus, you can also find a. selection of the brand's coffee beans on Amazon.
BLK & Bold Moroccan Mint Loose Leaf Green Tea$12.00 Buy
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Rishi Tea Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea

Green (medium caffeine)

Japanese sencha is characterized by a strong, bordering-on-bitter flavor, making it a great alternative to your morning mug of black coffee.
Rishi Tea Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea, Sencha$13.99 Buy

David's Tea Pomegrateful


White (Low caffeine)

White tea may be mild in flavor, but the stuff is rich in health benefits – especially when blended with antioxidant superfruits like pomegranate.
David's Tea Pomegrateful$11.98 Buy

Teaspressa Loose Leaf Tea

Rooibos (caffeine-free)

The floral, earthy flavor of rooibos teas makes it ideal for a post-meal treat, and signature amber color is so pretty, you'll want to replicate it on your lids, stat.
Teaspressa Loose Leaf Tea$22.00 Buy

David's Tea Valerian Nights

Herbal (caffeine-free)

This riff on a chamomile blend includes creamy caramel and toasty coconut notes for a soothing, warming cup.
David's Tea Valerian Nights$21.96 Buy

Vahdam Teas Turmeric Tea Tales Set

Herbal (caffeine-free)

Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a great option for a daily wellness boost.
VAHDAM TEAS Turmeric Tea Tales Set of Six Loose Leaf Teas$39.99 Buy
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Kusmi Tea AquaExotica Loose Leaf Tea

Herbal (caffeine-free)

Notes of hibiscus, rosehip, mango, dragonfruit, and apple make for a fruity cup of caffeine-free tea that's bursting with flavor.
Kusmi Tea AquaExotica Loose Leaf Tea$23.00 Buy

Provence D'Antan Honey Lavender Tisane Organic Tea

Herbal (caffeine-free)

What is a tisane, you might be wondering? While tea is comprised of leaves from a tea plant, tisanes are infusions of plants like herbs, fruit, flowers, and spices – in this case, sweet honey and fragrant lavender.
Provence D'Antan Honey Lavender Tisane Organic Tea$29.00 Buy

Tea Forte Organic Classic Tea Sampler

Assorted

Don't want to pick just one? Indulge every loose-leaf whim with a set of different tea blends, like this highly-reviewed (3,449 and counting!) variety pack from Tea Forte.
Tea Forte Organic Classic Tea Sampler$15.00 Buy

T2 Famous Five Tea Box

Assorted

Whether it's a thoughtful gift for a friend or a treat for yourself, this five-pack value set of bestselling T2 teas will cheer you up even before you taste the fun flavors of Strawberries & Cream or Melbourne Breakfast.
T2 Tea Famous Five Tea Box$40.00 Buy
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