How much tea do I use, for how long and at what temperature?

Do you sell caffeine-free teas?

How much caffeine is in tea?

How do I properly store tea?

What kind of water should I use to brew my tea?

What is a natural flavor?

I can’t find my favorite tea on your Web site. Was it discontinued?

Rishi Tea Product FAQs

How much tea do I use, for how long and at what temperature?

Each tea label and website listing has our suggestions for amount of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
We ask that you experiment with brewing methods. By changing steeping time, water temperature and amount of tea you can determine your own personal preferences.
*1 serving of loose tea can be steeped multiple times. Simply increase the steeping time by 1 minute with each subsequent infusion.

Do you sell caffeine-free teas?

There are many options for those who are sensitive to caffeine. All teas grown from Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant, naturally contain caffeine. Teas that are decaffeinated undergo processes that strip them of caffeine as well as many of their health benefits and nuanced flavors.

We offer many botanicals that are naturally caffeine-free that offer many of the same benefits of Camellia Sinensis. Rooibos is one such botanical that is very high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition to Rooibos, there are many other floral and herbal blends you can sample which are free of caffeine.

Learn more about Rooibos here:
African Rooibos

How much caffeine is in tea?

Caffeine levels in tea are dependant on various factors. Generally, a serving of tea has about a third of the caffeine as compared to a serving of coffee. It is difficult to give the exact amount of caffeine in each tea as they would each have to be tested and that level could change during the course of time.

The varietal of tea bush, altitude, soil type, amount of sunlight and rainfall all contribute to the caffeine levels found in tea. Most importantly, the amount of tea used and the water temperature will affect caffeine levels. If you use more tea, hotter water, or steep the tea longer, you will extract more caffeine into your cup.

If you are looking to lower the caffeine level in your tea, we recommend using a smaller amount of tea and water at a lower temperature to decrease the final amount of caffeine in your tea.

How do I properly store tea?

Please keep teas in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odors. The black bags in which we package our tea are perfect for storage as they keep light out and can be resealed. We also sell many tea storage vessels made of various materials, many of which include double lids.
Rishi Tea Storage Vessels

What kind of water should I use to brew my tea?

Even the best tea will only be as good as the water used to prepare it. Avoid distilled water, mineral water and tap water when making tea. Spring water or filtered water is best. We recommend that you test several different filters and brands of bottled water to find the best water in your area.

We highly recommend using a thermometer to accurately measure water temperature.

To best enhance the flavor and fragrance of your tea, pour hot water into your teapot and cups, let sit for a few moments and then discard. Warming the teaware helps maintain the temperature needed to infuse aromatic tea and will result in a more pronounced flavor profile.

What is a natural flavor?

As a Certified Organic company, we must follow strict regulations in order to call something a “natural flavor.” According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a flavor is defined as the following: “The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional. Natural flavors include the natural essence or extractives obtained from plants listed in §§ 182.10, 182.20, 182.40, and 182.50 and part 184 of this chapter, and the substances listed in § 172.510 of this chapter” FDA 21 CFR Part 101.22(a)(3).

The flavors we use in Certified Organic products must meet some additional requirements put forth by the National Organic Program (NOP). We must obtain documentation from our flavor suppliers that verify our flavors are non-synthetic, have not been produced using synthetic solvents and carrier systems or any artificial preservatives, that they are not derived nor is any ingredient derived from GMOs, and they have not been irradiated. This documentation is presented to our organic certifier at the time of certification of all products and is verified during our annual organic inspection.

I can’t find my favorite tea on your Web site. Was it discontinued?

There are a couple of factors that can affect our current offerings. Many teas that our tea buyers come across are only offered on a seasonal basis. Many reserve teas, such as some Oolong and Japanese Sencha, are harvested in small batches and are in turn only sold in small quantities. The seasonal performance, spikes in price to quality ratio and our high standard of quality will also dictate our decisions when selecting our teas from season to season.

If you do not see your favorite tea, you can contact us at inquiries@rishi-tea.com for additional information.