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Where to Buy Organic Decaf Green Tea Bags?

Amazon sells Bigelow's, Newman's, Stash, and other brands, but I'm reluctant to order a case of the stuff until I try a single box first. So far, I've struck out at Lifethyme (Sixth Ave), Whole Foods (Union Square and Columbus Ave), Fairway (Broadway), Zabar's, Gary Null's, and Garden of Eden (Broadway), even though some of those stores stock other teas from those manufacturers.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions (and pretty please, no digressions into Why Organic?, Why Decaf?, Why Green?, Why Tea?, or why Bags?).

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  1. i'm surprised Whole Foods didn't have any. try Vitamin Shoppe - most of their stores have a surprisingly large selection of good bagged teas, and they usually have both Triple Leaf and Yogi Decaf Organic Green in stock.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I'd checked the VS web site before going shopping, since that's where I buy my supplements. Triple Leaf doesn't appear to be organic. Yogi is, but the only decaf that VS sells, at least online, is the kombucha version. I'll take a look in a local Shoppe, though. Thanks.

      1. re: meatme

        crap - i was thinking of Long Life Tea, not Triple Leaf - sorry. VS doesn't have the Long Life on their site, but i've seen it in some of the stores, so take a look. Numi Tea is another option, but the only organic green decaf they have is a lemon ginger flavor.

        also, i just remembered that Trader Joe's used to have a couple of options, so it might be worth checking out.

        good luck!

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        Trader Joe's
        142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Today's update:

          Bell Bates (Reade St) had Yogi, which I bought. Westerly (8th Ave) had a Chinese brand, but I took a pass because it wasn't USDA certified. Whole Foods (Columbus Circle) had Allegro, which I also bought. The Vitamin Shoppe (a medium-sized store on 8th Ave, near Westerly) had no teas. I've seen Long Life and Numi in a few stores, but not (plain) organic decaf green.

          Thanks for suggesting TJ's. If they have it, it will certainly be well-priced.

          1. re: meatme

            And today's:

            Trader Joe's (Court St, Brooklyn) had decaf green tea and they had organic green tea, but not the intersection of the two.

            1. re: meatme

              i think at this point you either need to bite the bullet and order it online...or use loose tea :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                If I like the Yogi or the Allegro, I can order them in larger quantities online. Meanwhile, I got some sunshine and some exercise.

    2. Health food stores should have it. They usually have a good selection of decaf.

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      1. re: sugartoof

        As things turn out, some do and some do not have this specific item.

        1. re: meatme

          Try calling Natural Frontier Market, or Natural Green Market. They both carry extensive lines of Yogi Teas, amongst other options. Also try Earthmatters, or Commodities.

          Mcnultey's has a large selection of tea, as does Dean and Deluca.
          If you can handle it loose, Argo in Flatiron, Porto Rico Importing.

          Also, I am pretty sure Trader Joe's carries it as mentioned previously.

          Finally, if you're worrying about it being organic, why not switch to fresh loose leaf? You would just need to find a high end tea shop, or go to Chinatown in that case and pick your grade of tea. Like coffee, freshness is underrated.

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          Trader Joe's
          142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: sugartoof

            Thanks; I've added Natural Frontier, Natural Green, Earthmatters, and Commodities to the search list. As I mentioned, Bell Bates had Yogi organic decaf green but TJ's Brooklyn didn't have any brand.

            1. re: meatme

              The TJ green tea was their own brand. It's good quality.

              Sometimes they carry Stash.

              1. re: sugartoof

                Was TJ's both organic and decaf? As I said upstream, the Brooklyn store had organic, the Brooklyn store had decaf, but the Brooklyn store did not have organic decaf (or a label for it on the shelf). Like many other places, it also stocked some Yogi teas (I think), but not the particular item in question.

                1. re: meatme

                  I was at the TJ's in Chelsea and took a look for you. On a quick glance, they carry an organic, and a decaf non-organic. There were other variations, like a Jasmine Green Tea as well.

                  You would probably do best to sit on the phone, and check the stores mentioned above.

                  1. re: sugartoof

                    Thanks; same as Brooklyn, then. The Yogi and Allegro (see upthread) should last a little while, at which point I'll explore some more.

                    The Yogi's not bad, sufficiently tasty and unidiosyncratic to drink on a daily basis.