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Unlike the usual tea bags, loose leaf tea isn’t prepackaged – tea leaves are less processed, typically more potent in taste, and stronger in aroma.
From sweet and smooth combinations to strong and unique blends, here are a few local loose leaf tea shops to check out for the best tea experience at home.
Local business Pyur Tea offers premium loose leaf tea that’s easy to prepare and steep, in earthy, fruity, and floral flavor profiles.
Their bestsellers include the Genmaicha, which costs P100 to P830, depending on the size (15g, 30g, 100g). For those who prefer something more fruity and refreshing, Peach Roselle is perfect, with prices ranging from P100 to P830, also depending on the size.
All-time favorite flavors such as Chamomile and Blue Butterfly Pea Tea are also available, with prices starting at P100 for 10g pouches.
For exotic tea flavors of the best quality, The Tea Source MNL’s got you covered.
The Tea Source MNL has on stock flavors like Chamomile Apple Tea, Cocoa Green Tea, and Genmaicha Tea, with prices ranging from P104 to P422, depending on the flavor and size (50g, 100g, 250g).
Xari PH offers “a hug in a cup” with their hand-blended aromatic loose tea leaves.
The Malabon-based tea shop offers a variety of tea flavors such as Breathe (green tea, ginger, and mint), Charm (jasmine green tea and butterfly pea), Sherry (hibiscus, rosehip, and cranberry), Relish (assam tea and chai spice), and Fresh (black tea, cocoa nibs, and mint). All tea flavors cost P110 (30g), P210 (50g), and P410 (100g).
Aside from loose leaf tea, Xari PH also offers dried fruits such as lemon and orange, at P100 (30g) and P180 (50g). Xari PH is located in Malabon City. You can place your orders via their Instagram account or Shopee.
Perfect Week has got you covered with their 7 signature tea blends, which includes caffeinated tea flavors for those who need a buzz and non-caffeinated tea blends for those who want to relax.
Caffeinated tea flavors include Monday Blues (jasmine green tea and butterfly pea) and Let’s Bounce (black tea with cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, clove, and vanilla). Both tea blends cost P85 (30g) and P280 (100g).
Perfect Week also offers non-caffeinated tea blends such as Sangria Sunset (hibiscus tea with cranberry, rosehip, and orange) cost P115 (30g) and P380 (100g). Night Night (lavender and chamomile tea with rose petals) cost P155 (30g) and P510 (100g). For inquiries and orders, visit their Instagram and Facebook.
Loose Brews Craft Teas
Loose Brews Craft Teas offers a wide array of blends, such as their Strawberry Mint Brew and Sunny Siesta Brew. They cost P650 for 40g packs.
Other unique flavors from the Manila-based tea shop include Beauty Sleep Brew, which costs P550 for 50g and is good for 25 servings. The rich Gin & Tonic Brew tastes like the cocktail, minus the alcohol (P650 for 50g). You can check out other tea flavors on their Facebook and Instagram.
Makati-based Bee Harvest Manila’s tea variants are freshly grown from Mindanao to support local farmers. Their all-time favorite tea flavors include Lavande Florests (P340), Lemon Citrus Grass (P280) and Blue Butterfly-Pea Tea (P280).
Apart from loose leaf tea, Bee Harvest Manila also sells honey. BHM collaborates with local beekeepers to produce pure honey, with prices ranging from P220 to P380.
Harvest Moon Tea PH offers a wide variety of loose leaf tea from different parts of the world, specializing in single estate tea in India.
A few of their bestsellers are Chamomile & Lavender (P429), Blue Amore (P399), and Chamomile Rose (P449), which are all available in 50g packs.
With over 80 tea flavors in their inventory, it’s hard to decide which flavor to order. Thankfully, Harvest Moon Tea PH offers samplers starting at P99. Each sampler contains 12.5g of loose leaf tea and yields 5 cups of tea.
Celestea provides imported, and locally-grown teas at reasonable prices.
Their bestsellers include Mon Étoile (P215/125ml), an all-tisanes blend of calendula, rosebuds, lavender, and butterfly pea; Detox Tea (P195/125ml), a special blend of green tea, lavender, rosebud, chamomile, turmeric, jasmine and peppermint; and Green Tea (P145/125ml), which is sourced from Taiwan.
The locally sourced teas, such as turmeric (P195) and ginger (P215), are sourced from Nueva Vizcaya, Palawan, and Bicol. The imported leaf teas are sourced from Taiwan, Australia, India, and Malaysia.
Established in 2019, Sunny Label started as a curated lifestyle and crafts shop that became a community for people “who seek and share loving-kindness through practice of yoga, mindfulness & creativity.”
The tea blends were inspired by Sunny Label’s bestselling scented soy candles. The label wanted to provide relaxation through naturally-grown flowers, leaves and herbs as much as their candles did.
Sun Tea (rosehip, lemon peels, holy basil, cinnamon, skullcap, mint, licorice, and rosemary), Sunrise Tea (chamomile and lemongrass), Moon Tea (lavender), and Moonrise Tea (lavender and butterfly pea) are available in 20g pouches and 35g glass containers. Prices range from P150 to P350, depending on the tea flavor. They are based in Makati City. You can check out other products and order through their website, Instagram, or Shopee.
This home-based online shop offers a variety of classic and blended flavors of loose leaf tea in 30g packs. Their bestsellers include Blue Flower (P115), a blend of butterfly pea and jasmine green tea; Black Coco (P120), a mix of black tea with cocoa nibs and mint; and Ruby Red (P130), dried hibiscus with goji berries, mint leaves, and stevia leaves.
Steep & Stir also offers bundle boxes of 4 and 6 classic and blended tea leaves of your choice, with prices ranging from P480 to P680.
Jewel Camacho is a Rappler intern.