Price of the tea is determined by several factors, such as type of the tea (Black, green, white, Oolong, etc.), region (such as Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon, China, Japan, etc.), and tea leaf grade (such as whole leaf, fannings, tea dust, etc.).

In the Tea industry, tea leaf grading is the process of evaluating products based on the quality and condition of the tea leaves themselves. The highest grades are referred to as “orange pekoe”, and the lowest as “fannings” or “dust”.

But good tea—the equivalent of a scarlet, bursting-with-juice tomato still warm from the garden—usually comes from smaller farms that hold their production methods to higher standards. With small farm size comes greater control over your plants, more regional distinctions in tea varieties, and more precise processing. It also means higher costs at every step along the way.

At Pahadi, we bring you the finest, premium quality whole leaf tea from the most exclusive part of world, primarily from Darjeeling and Assam. Many shops do not disclose openly the tea source, but at Pahadi you can be assured about the tea (except for the herbal tea) source at the time of purchase since it is mentioned on our website.

Tea is the most affordable luxury in the world. But at first glance it may seem expensive. A tea that costs $100.00 per pound only costs 50 cents per cup when brewed. A pound of tea will typically yield 200 cups (vs. 40-50 cups from a pound of coffee).

Also, many of the teas in our collection will yield as many as 4-6 infusions from the same leaves (particularly oolongs and greens). For many teas, those later infusions yield the most interesting flavors. Since most of the caffeine is released in the first infusion, this is also a way to reduce the caffeine content.