Why are some teas packaged in a larger bag and others in a smaller bag?
Every finished tea will have a different weight and density because of the many shapes and sizes that tea leaves can become. Some teas are rolled up into small balls (Tie Guan Yin), some teas are twisted into long vertical strips (Phoenix Mountain), and some teas are crushed into almost a powder (Indian Chai). For this reason, two ounces of any given tea might not look exactly the same. In order to sell our teas in a standardized way, we sell our teas according to their individual weights. A larger bag of Phoenix Mountain tea is still the same weight as a small bag of Tie Guan Yin.
Why do some tea suppliers tell me to use tea spoons as measurement and some tell me to use grams?
When making tea it is important to pay attention to the amount of tea leaves you add to your pot. We tea geeks call this brewing parameter the "leaf amount", just like "water amount". However, everybody seems to have a better idea of whether its better to use weight or density to measure the leaf amount. At Tea People we break down the issue to a matter of convenience. We don't expect anybody to have a kitchen scale at hand anytime they want to make tea (although it would be cool). Instead, we provide you with the recommended density (1 tsp, 2 tsp, etc..) to use for your leaf amount. If you have questions about our recommended leaf amounts in weight, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and our tea geeks would love to help you out.
Why are some teas more expensive than others?
There is a wealth of factors that influence the price of any consumer product. In order to really simplify it down let's use a simple analogy of apple pie. Grandma Jones and Grandma Smith both make apple pie and sell it at their local bake sale. You love apple pie but are a stickler for the good stuff, so you decide to investigate these grandmas approach to making their apple pies. You find out that Grandma Jones has an apple tree in her backyard and uses the apples from her own few trees to make apple pie. You then check out Grandma Smith's operation and see her going to the grocery store to buy apples to make her apple pie. In the end you find Grandma Jones apple pie is better and Grandma Smith's just isn't cutting it. Grandma Jones had a smaller supply of apples to use and most likely gave more care to the growing and preparation of the apples she used; whereas Grandma Smith just bought bulk apples for her pie.
The same case is very common in the tea market. There are some tea farms that are owned and operated by a small family. The family grows their own tea, processes it in their own facility, and sells it themselves. They are going to have to charge more for their small amount of tea to survive because they only have so much to sell to make enough money to survive. On the other hand, there are many large scale tea plantations that purchase raw picked tea leaves from smaller tea farms and process them at their larger facility.
When you pay more money for tea, or any product, you are essentially paying for the extra care and work put into crafting that tea. In most cases, that extra care and work equals a better tasting tea.