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Best Tea Companies to Support Small Business

Best Tea Companies

Craving a cup of positivi-tea? We’ve rounded up this list of tea companies passionate about their craft and purpose - each one is dedicated to producing innovatively delicious tea and positive change in the world.

Shop and sip these popular teas from our small business brand partners while you read about each tea company’s unique mission!

Sips by is a personalized tea discovery subscription. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Members receive 4 teas chosen just for them in every box. Learn more here.

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Rooibos Coconut Chai

Sips by Yum Cha Tea Company
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Why you’ll love this tea

This light and refreshing herbal rooibos chai has a nice coconut kick. Add Assam black tea for a stronger flavor.

Why you’ll love this brand

Yum Cha Tea Company's mission is to save the bees by teaching others about how they can help. Yum Cha plants bee yards for those with a community and available space, such as local churches. There, they teach the art of beekeeping to those that want to learn, eventually letting that yard thrive on its own. Others at that church or club will teach what they know, split hives to keep at their own home, talk to neighbors, and spread the love of bees. The more tea our customers purchase, the more they are able to help the bees!

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Earl Grey Cream

Sips by Chillology
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Why you’ll love this tea

Earl Grey Cream is a combination of robust black tea, oil of bergamot and creamy french vanilla essence.

Why you’ll love this brand

Chillology offers an edit of eco-conscious teas, tisanes, botanicals and home goods for every mind and body. Tea, the most popular beverage in the world, is an age old remedy for personal and social wellbeing. Through tea, Chillology marks time, creates stories, and most of all discovers and nurtures connection.

Chillology is rooted in slower living, sustainability, supporting the livelihood of small, family-owned tea farmers and herb mixers.

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Marfa Dark Roast Yaupon

Sips by CatSpring Yaupon
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Why you’ll love this tea

Elegant and sophisticated, this traditional dark roast yaupon pays homage to the iconic West-Texas town of Marfa, where art & creativity converge. Naturally sweet and smooth, it’s a perfect balance, hot or iced, and tastes like a black tea.

Why you’ll love this brand

In founding CatSpring Yaupon, two sisters returned to the legacy of their great grandparents who also farmed American soil. CatSpring Yaupon exists because of the work ethic, love of the land, and respect for all people that the founders parents imparted to them. They began harvesting yaupon on family land in Cat Spring, Texas and believe that at the heart of farming lies the deep American value of good stewardship. Seeing possibility where others only see the ordinary is the American Dream. Yaupon tea embodies the goodness that the land produces for us. It’s natural. It’s stimulating. It’s delicious. It’s sustainable.

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Cacao Tea

Sips by MiCacao
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Why you’ll love this tea

Micacao's loose-leaf cacao tea is made from the shell of the cacao bean. Cacao tea is 100% cacao-based, completely natural, preservative free, and without any artificial flavors or starches. This small-batch tea is also organic, gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free. MiCacao sources their cacao from co-op farms in South America which operate in accordance with the highest standards of quality.

Why you’ll love this brand

MiCacao brings us a caffeine-free tasty delight that will make you feel good all day long. They use the husks of 100% organic cacao beans to create a unique tea experience that’s both healthy and delicious. It’s light with a hint of chocolate and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

MiCacao ethically sources their cacao, ensuring farmers not only receive fair wages, but also an additional revenue stream (shells are usually discarded as waste). As a Veteran-owned small business, they also give back to the community by donating a portion of proceeds to organizations that help enrich the lives of veterans.

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Original Chai

Sips by Chico Chai
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Why you’ll love this tea

A classic masala chai - Assam black tea and fresh spices. Especially delicious when boiled on the stovetop.

Why you’ll love this brand

Chico Chai began in spring of 2004 when owner Sarah Adams saw a need for fresh, handmade chai in her hometown of Chico, California. She had enjoyed brewing chai at home for years, and thought other people might too! To this day, Chico Chai is blended by hand in small batches, combining fresh, organic spices and organic fair trade black tea. In addition to their Original Chai, you can also find delectable chocolate, turmeric, rooibos, and other unique chai blends!

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Golden Glow

Sips by The Irie Cup
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Why you’ll love this tea

Unless you're lucky enough to live on a beautiful sunny island, getting that warm golden glow can be tough. Thankfully, for those of us in colder, less sunny climates, we've prepared a blend of spices, fruits, and vegetables to give your skin the boost it needs.

Why you’ll love this brand

The Irie Cup is a family-owned and operated company by husband-and-wife team Joseph and Lashanda Lewis. They have always had an affinity for tea for as long as they both could remember. In 2016, they endeavored to share what they have always known with their friends and communities. This year, their dream of sharing their culture has become reality.

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Jasmine Green Té

Sips by TheTéSpa
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Why you’ll love this tea

This popular drinkable tea features antioxidant-rich green tea along with organic brown rice and jasmine flower to add a smooth and rich flavor.

Why you’ll love this brand

TheTéSpa founder Alexis Jones is a jill-of-all-trades with a background in culinary arts. Art and giving back to the community are qualities that were instilled in her at a young age, and these values have always emerged in her work outside of tending to her own garden and developing products for TéSpa. The premise of TéSpa has always remained the same even when it was merely just a garden of leafy green herbs planted on Mother's Day as a gift: "give and create beauty, be healthy and kind". Alexis hopes to inspire the world with her creativity that resides in the beauty of TéSpa and continue to blend her talents into healthy multipurpose products that will bring you closer to being healthy and kind.

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Spiced Chai

Sips by Sarjesa
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Why you’ll love this tea

The luxurious blend of fragrant spices in Dappled Sunlight is sure to warm your belly and your heart. With the slightest hint of rosehip adding an Alberta tang to each sip, this blend will remind you of better days and warmer seasons.

Why you’ll love this brand

Sarjesa Inc. is a socially-focused tea company, supporting local violence prevention programming for women in crisis through the sale of high-quality tea. With a focus on flavor, their blends are intentionally crafted in conversation with the land around them, made with a combination of Canadian grown and international ingredients.

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Kanchanjangha Noir

Sips by Nepal Tea
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Why you’ll love this tea

Kanchanjangha Noir is the premium black tea produced at Kanchanjangha Tea Estate (KTE). It has a distinct brisk flavor with deep and vibrant reddish brown infusion. The high elevation of the tea bushes results in a fresh, fruity, and flowery aroma with hints of caramel. The malty flavors and taste notes such as raisins and dark chocolate is prominent in all flushes of KTE black tea.

Why you’ll love this brand

Nepal Tea brings the finest, organic and high mountain teas from the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjangha, the third highest mountain in the world. They take responsibility for the entire supply chain – from production to packaging and distribution – and eliminate the middlemen who provide sub-par values to poor farmers in Nepal while increasing costs for the consumers. They not only empower their farmers economically by providing them better revenues, but also uplift them socially by providing free housing and free education to their children and distributing cows for additional income.

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Saffron Sencha

Sips by Tahmina
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Why you’ll love this tea

From Tahmina's master blenders - steamed China green tea with ginger root, lemongrass, peppermint, and saffron. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this whole leaf blend has a vegetal body finished off with refreshing notes.

Why you’ll love this brand

Tahmina (derived from the Persian word tahm, meaning strong and brave) is an international brand with a vision to export transformational products from different conflict areas of the world, with the belief that economic development is one of the sustainable agents of change. Their maiden project begins in Afghanistan with one of its best luxury items: saffron and saffron-infused teas. Tahmina seeks to connect local farmers and women with international markets, and help develop industries that can be alternatives to the illicit drug industry.

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Discover the best loose leaf teas as rated by Sips by's 700,000 tea-loving Members. Across all tea types and loose leaf tea brands, from black tea to green tea to herbal tea and more, these are the best loose leaf teas from different tea companies around the world. Find your favorite loose leaf tea - no matter the type or flavor of loose leaf tea you're searching for, Sips by has options you'll love. Discover your new favorite loose leaf tea, as well as disposable tea bag kits to make brewing loose leaf tea easy.

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About Sips by: We’re a female-founded and led startup that makes discovering tea fun, personalized, and affordable. The Sips by Box is the only multi-brand, personalized tea subscription box. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Based out of Austin, Texas, we are adept at savoring a hot mug even when it’s seasonally inappropriate.