Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Tea

Are You Ready To Become A Tea Expert?

Now you can become a tea master while you enjoy our favorite handcrafted teas.

For thousands of years people have benefited from the energy, mental clarity and healing qualities of tea—and in our hyper-connected world we need tea more than ever. Tea reminds us to slow down, provides mental focus, stimulates creativity, increases metabolism and is full of natural cancer-fighting antioxidants. Tea tastes delicious and is a great alternative to coffee and alcohol. Plus, it gives us a great ritual to enjoy with our family and friends.

But the world of tea can be overwhelming. How do you know if your’re drinking top-quality tea? What about brewing it just right? And what about all the varieties of tea and tea ware to choose from?

After more than 10 years in the tea business I’m excited to introduce The Samovar Tea Lounge Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Tea, a series of educational videos where I cover everything you need to get into tea, plus a whole bunch of our favorite brews delivered straight to your door.

My blogger-buddy Leo, founder of the highly-esteemed zenhabits.net, and I drink tea and talk shop, diving into the details of what makes tea so amazing. In fifteen 10-minute episodes we discuss everything from caffeine, to brewing technique, to the basics of White, Green, Oolong, Black, Herbal and Puerh tea. From the health and productivity benefits of tea, to brewing instructions, tea tasting instructions and more, in each episode we chat about all things tea and aim to teach you everything you need to dive into this amazing world.

If you’ve visited us in San Francisco you know that we love teaching, and that tea is such a rich, deep world that it can be overwhelming. This guide is the answer. Educational, informative, fun, and inspiring, we drink and teach and make learning about tea a blast. And, you get a whole bunch of tea delivered straight from us to you.

Just make one decision—small, medium or large—and you’ll have everything you need to immerse yourself in the rewarding world of tea. Instructional videos, handcrafted teas, even our Samovar Brewing Basket—The Samovar Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Tea has everything you need.

Boil some water and and get ready to enjoy tea at a whole new level.

Here’s What You’ll Get

  • 15 instructional tea videos that you can watch at your own pace, anytime, from your computer or mobile device
  • Up to 60% off our handcrafted teas and herbal infusions
  • Ingredients sourced from small family farms around the world
  • The Samovar Brew Basket—brew great-tasting tea anywhere
  • Instructions to brew the perfect cup of tea
  • Knowledge of the benefits to body, mind and spirit
  • Instruction in tasting tea like a wine sommelier
  • Our secret techniques to quickly and easily identify top-quality teas
  • Knowledge of Black, Oolong, White, Green, Pu-erh and Herbals
  • Which teas are best when aged, which to drink fresh, which benefit from milk and sweetener, and must be taken straight
  • How to brew and taste the elusive Gyokuro, the shade grown Japanese green tea that we sell for $100 a pot in the lounges
  • Tea lore including the truth about black tea and when to throw out white tea
  • Plus much more!

FREE Episode: How To Taste Tea The Samovar Way

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How Would You Like To Get Started?

When you start drinking tea there are a lot of varieties to choose from. After serving more than 5 million cups of tea at our Lounges we’ve learned a thing or two about which teas are best. Just choose small, medium, or large and we’ll a box of our top picks and ship them direct to your door—in addition to the videos which you’ll get right away.


Ultimate Beginner's Guide FAQ

How Do I Access The Tea Education Videos?

On your order confirmation screen you will get access to a private web page and access code.

Using the access code you will be able to unlock the videos and stream them directly to your computer or mobile device.

What Are The System Requirements?

A computer or mobile device with internet access. If you can view the introductory video at the top of this page, then you will be able to view our Tea Education Videos.

Please note that an Internet connection is required to watch the videos.

What Tea Ware Is Included?

The Ultimate Beginnger’s Guide To Tea includes The Samovar Brew Basket, a simple infusion basket perfect for brewing all kinds of tea.

Samovar Brew Basket



What Teas Are Included?

2 Tea Kit

  1. GREEN: Samovar Organic Ryokucha Green Tea
  2. BLACK: Samovar Breakfast Blend Organic Black Tea

8 Tea Kit

  1. GREEN: Samovar Organic Ryokucha Green Tea
  2. GREEN: Samovar Organic Jasmine Green Tea
  3. HERBAL: Samovar Moorish Mint Organic
  4. BLACK: Samovar Earl Grey Organic Black Tea
  5. BLACK: Samovar Breakfast Blend Organic Black Tea
  6. WHITE: Samovar Bai Mudan Organic White Tea
  7. OOLONG: Samovar Monkey Picked Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea
  8. PU-ERH: Samovar Velvet Cacao Organic Pu-erh

17 Tea Kit

  1. GREEN: Samovar Organic Ryokucha Green Tea
  2. GREEN: Samovar Organic Jasmine Green Tea
  3. HERBAL: Samovar Turmeric Spice Organic Herbal Blend
  4. HERBAL: Samovar Ocean of Wisdom Organic Herbal Blend
  5. HERBAL: Samovar Chamomile Melange Organic Herbal Blend
  6. HERBAL: Samovar Moorish Mint Organic
  7. BLACK: Samovar Californian Persian Organic Black Tea
  8. BLACK: Samovar Breakfast Blend Organic Black Tea
  9. BLACK: Samovar Tart Peach Organic Black Tea
  10. BLACK: Samovar Earl Grey Organic Black Tea
  11. WHITE: Samovar Bai Mudan Organic White Tea
  12. OOLONG: Samovar Monkey Picked Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea
  13. OOLONG: Samovar Wuyi Dark Roast Organic Oolong Tea
  14. OOLONG: Samovar Apple Ginseng Oolong Tea
  15. PU-ERH: Samovar Velvet Cacao Organic Pu-erh
  16. PU-ERH: Samovar Blood Orange Organic Pu-erh Tea
  17. PU-ERH: Samovar Maiden’s Ecstasy Organic Pu-erh Tea

 Note: Teas may vary depending on the seasonal availability. If the tea listed is not available it may be substituted for a similar tea of equivalent value.

What do your teaboxes look like?

Samovar Tea Lounge is the first tea company to introduce a compostable container for our full line of teas.

Samovar Tea Lounge Retail Boxes

We start with post-consumer recycled cardboard and print our labels with rich, colorful water-based inks. Then we fold each box in a unique origami pattern that is resealable and keeps it’s shape—without using any glue. Finally, we pack the tea leaves and herbal blends into air tight bags that look like plastic but are actually made from a wood-based fiber that will fully decompose.

It’s strong, unique, attractive packing that keeps your tea farm-fresh and keeps Mother Earth smiling.

What are my payment options?

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

What are your shipping rates?

$7 for orders within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, and APOs. Orders are shipped via UPS, FedEx, or USPS, depending on destination.

For international customers, orders are shipped via USPS Priority International, and shipping rates are calculated based on shipping address and the weight of the items in your order. You can see the calculated shipping costs on the Shopping Cart page during the checkout process.

When will my order ship?

Most orders are processed for shipping the next business day. You will receive an e-mail confirmation with a tracking number once your order has shipped.

What is your return policy?

We want you to be absolutely delighted with your purchase!

If you are unsatisfied with your tea, please contact us (using the form below) and we will help you perfect your brewing methods or select the right tea for you palate.

Any credit issued will exclude discounts and shipping fees.

For returns of unused tea ware, please contact us within 10 business days from the time your order is delivered, and we will be glad to provide you with a prepaid return label. Once we receive the undamaged return with the original packaging intact, we will refund the cost of the returned item, excluding shipping. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund returns of used or damaged items.

Items with damaged packaging will be charged a 25% restocking fee.

Sorry, we can’t accept unauthorized returns.


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