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Where to Buy Organic Decaf Green Tea Bags?

meatme Jul 9, 2010 08:16 PM

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. goodhealthgourmet RE: meatme Jul 9, 2010 09:42 PM

    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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      meatme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 10, 2010 09:40 AM

      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.

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: meatme Jul 10, 2010 02:37 PM

        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

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          meatme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 10, 2010 05:22 PM

          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.

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            meatme RE: meatme Jul 11, 2010 05:09 PM

            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.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: meatme Jul 11, 2010 06:53 PM

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

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                meatme RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 11, 2010 07:00 PM

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

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      sugartoof RE: meatme Jul 11, 2010 10:11 PM

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

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        meatme RE: sugartoof Jul 11, 2010 10:15 PM

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

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          sugartoof RE: meatme Jul 11, 2010 10:41 PM

          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

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            meatme RE: sugartoof Jul 12, 2010 08:13 AM

            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.

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              sugartoof RE: meatme Jul 12, 2010 02:05 PM

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

              Sometimes they carry Stash.

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                meatme RE: sugartoof Jul 12, 2010 08:19 PM

                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.

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                  sugartoof RE: meatme Jul 13, 2010 01:39 PM

                  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.

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                    meatme RE: sugartoof Jul 13, 2010 04:45 PM

                    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.

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