14 Loose Leaf Teas To Try- & Everything Else You To Brew A Soothing Cup

Perhaps it’s because we may have a little more time to linger in the kitchen, or maybe we’re just looking for moments of calm in a time where things feel anything but. What is certain, however, is that loose leaf tea is back, baby. (Not that it ever left.)

The calming yin to coffee’s battery acid-like yang, tea has long taken the second spot as people’s caffeinated hot beverage of choice — but no longer does that seem to be the case. As the R29 shopping team’s resident Tea Person, I myself have been relying on savoring the serene steeping of a full-bodied Genmaicha (a Japanese green tea with brown rice) to provide me with a moment of tranquility. While tea bags are great for convenience and easy brewing, loose leaf teas lend themselves to more of a ritual, rather than a mundane routine.

Here, we're presenting you with the beginner's guide to building your own loose leaf tea starter pack. From different varieties to pick up to our go-to methods of brewing, here's the ultimate tea starter pack to help you press pause when you need to...and that's the tea.

We’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. 

Rishi Loose Leaf Tea Bags

Firstly, If you don't have one of those metal infuser balls at the ready, not to worry — these biodegradable tea filters can be filled with your choice of loose leaf tea to create your own tea bag.

Rishi Tea Loose Leaf Tea Bags, 100 Tea Bags, $, available at iHerb

Hangin Dunkin Robot Tea Infuser with Drip Tray

Another brewing option is this whimsical robot-shaped infuser, which hugs onto each side of your cup to keep things stable (and 'gram-friendly).

Hangin Dunkin Robot Tea Infuser with Drip Tray, $, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

Viva Scandinavia Infusion Teapot in Clear

Once you're ready to commit, level up your game with an elevated glass teapot with its own built-in infuser basket.

Viva Scandinavia Infusion Teapot in Clear, $, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
And now, onto the teas...

Par Avion I Love You Tea

Black (High Caffeine)

In addition to making for a thoughtful mother's day gift, this gourmand black tea has notes of vanilla, in addition to teeny-tiny sugar hearts for a sweet treat.

Par Avion Tea I Love You Tea, $, available at Verishop

Stash Tea Chai Spice Black Loose Leaf Tea


Enjoy a cup of warm, spicy tea with a gorgeous chai blend infused with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and cardamom.

Stash Tea Chai Spice Black Loose Leaf Tea 3.5 Ounce Bag, $, available at Amazon

Harney & Sons Paris


Traditional black leaves get a vibrant, citrusy upgrade with a hint of bergamot for a blend inspired by the City of Light.

Harney & Sons Black Tea, Paris, 4 oz, $, available at iHerb

Teabloom Flowering Green Tea Flowers

Green (low to medium caffeine)

Take a moment to enjoy the ritual of steeping a pot tea: These Amazon-favorite flowering loose leaf balls slowly "bloom" when in contact with hot water.

Teabloom Flowering Green Tea, $, available at Amazon

BLK & Bold Moroccan Mint Loose Leaf Green Tea

Green (low to medium caffeine)

Black-owned BLK & Bold makes a full range of delicious loose leaf teas, ranging from high-caffeine darjeeling to herbal chamomile. Plus, you can also find a. selection of the brand's coffee beans on Amazon.

BLK & Bold Moroccan Mint Loose Leaf Green Tea, $, available at BLK & Bold

Rishi Tea Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea

Green (medium caffeine)

Japanese sencha is characterized by a strong, bordering-on-bitter flavor, making it a great alternative to your morning mug of black coffee.

Rishi Tea Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea, Sencha, $, available at iHerb

David's Tea Pomegrateful

White (Low caffeine)

White tea may be mild in flavor, but the stuff is rich in health benefits – especially when blended with antioxidant superfruits like pomegranate.

David's Tea Pomegrateful, $, available at David's Tea

Teaspressa Loose Leaf Tea

Rooibos (caffeine-free)

The floral, earthy flavor of rooibos teas makes it ideal for a post-meal treat, and signature amber color is so pretty, you'll want to replicate it on your lids, stat.

Teaspressa Loose Leaf Tea, $, available at Anthropologie

David's Tea Valerian Nights

Herbal (caffeine-free)

This riff on a chamomile blend includes creamy caramel and toasty coconut notes for a soothing, warming cup.

David's Tea Valerian Nights, $, available at David's Tea

Vahdam Teas Turmeric Tea Tales Set

Herbal (caffeine-free)

Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a great option for a daily wellness boost.

VAHDAM TEAS Turmeric Tea Tales Set of Six Loose Leaf Teas, $, available at Nordstrom

Kusmi Tea AquaExotica Loose Leaf Tea

Herbal (caffeine-free)

Notes of hibiscus, rosehip, mango, dragonfruit, and apple make for a fruity cup of caffeine-free tea that's bursting with flavor.

Kusmi Tea AquaExotica Loose Leaf Tea, $, available at Nordstrom

Provence D'Antan Honey Lavender Tisane Organic Tea

Herbal (caffeine-free)

What is a tisane, you might be wondering? While tea is comprised of leaves from a tea plant, tisanes are infusions of plants like herbs, fruit, flowers, and spices – in this case, sweet honey and fragrant lavender.

Provence D'Antan Honey Lavender Tisane Organic Tea, $, available at Neiman Marcus

Tea Forte Organic Classic Tea Sampler


Don't want to pick just one? Indulge every loose-leaf whim with a set of different tea blends, like this highly-reviewed (3,449 and counting!) variety pack from Tea Forte.

Tea Forte Organic Classic Tea Sampler, $, available at Amazon

T2 Famous Five Tea Box


Whether it's a thoughtful gift for a friend or a treat for yourself, this five-pack value set of bestselling T2 teas will cheer you up even before you taste the fun flavors of Strawberries & Cream or Melbourne Breakfast.

T2 Tea Famous Five Tea Box, $, available at Bergdorf Goodman

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