Tea is the most consumed hot drink around the world. In Australia, the only beverages we drink more than tea are water and coffee. While that probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, it shows the need for commercial kitchens and cafes to offer this drink to their customers. The average Australian tea drinker has over nine cups of tea per week. Data shows that the older you are in Australia, the more likely you are to drink tea as well.

With all the different kinds of tea and tea suppliers on the market, it can be a challenge to decide where to buy bulk tea. Wholesale tea will allow you to offer a high-quality product without cutting into your budget unnecessarily. Besides black, herbal and green varieties, you can offer other options like iced tea products. Nestea offers refreshing, instant iced tea that is perfect for restaurants, drink stalls, schools, and cafeterias.

Fun tea facts

While there are hundreds of different flavours and tea blends in the world, there are only four major tea types: black, green, white, and oolong. Interestingly they all come from one plant, Camellia sinensis, and it’s the way the leaves are treated that make the different types. Technically, if it doesn’t come from this plant then it’s an infusion and not a tea. These infusions from herbs, leaves, flowers, and fruits are often called herbal teas.  

Darjeeling is known as the “Champagne of tea” because, like Champagne, it comes from one specific region. While still made with the tea plant Camellia sinensis, it is grown in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. The Tea Board in India requires certification before selling. It has a trademark and word mark to ensure authenticity and quality standard.

A couple more rapid-fire facts: Milk used to be poured into the teacup before the tea to protect the china from cracking (which is now an unnecessary practice). Tea should always be made with fresh water as re-boiled water will have lost some oxygen and might give the water a funny taste. Lemon and milk shouldn’t be used together in the same cup of tea as the acid from the lemon makes the milk curdle.

 

 

How to choose the right tea from a supplier

Finding the right suppliers for your restaurant or kitchen can be in investment. It takes time to find the perfect balance of quality, customer service, and price. Suppliers for meat and produce might be the first ones to come to mind, but beverage suppliers also play a key role in offering high-quality meals to your customers.

When it comes time to choose your tea supplier, here are a couple things to consider. What do you want to offer to your customers? Will your customers want a variety of tea options such as black, green, and herbal tea? Will you be serving the tea loose leaf or in bags? Where does the supplier’s tea come from? Do they have environmentally sustainable and organic practices? Do they have a minimum or maximum order, and are there discounts for bulk orders?