FAQ for your brew


How long will my tea blend stay fresh?

Your properly stored Tiesta Tea blend will stay fresh and hold its flavor and health benefits for about a year and a half. Make sure to keep your tea stored in a room-temperature, dry environment that isn’t exposed to much light. Moisture and heat may be a tea’s best friend while steeping, but it is its worst enemy while storing, so keep those tins and bags away from water, heat, or humidity.

Our natural flavoring is usually an extract, sometimes an oil, taken directly from the same fruits that are present in our tea. The flavor will come straight from the source of whatever ingredient we want you to taste! The reason that we don’t list exactly which natural flavorings are present is because that's our secret sauce. If we did that, it would be very easy for our competitors to replicate the blends that we worked so hard to create ourselves. If you are concerned about a specific tea blend’s natural flavoring due to allergies, please email customerservice@tiestatea.com.

Our teas go through at least three different levels of testing before they are sold to you. First, our tea ingredients are tested by the European Commission, Health and Consumer Protection agency for any harmful components. Then, our tea blending facilities, which are all based in Germany, go through a series of tests that examine pesticide content and harmful chemicals. Once all of the ingredients are blended together and the final product is finished, your tea goes through one final test to ensure the safety and quality of the finished product.

Our candied, fruit-heavy teas weigh in at about 3-5 calories per 8oz serving. This translates to just under 1 carb or 1 gram of sugar per serving. Tea blends with only dried fruit or fruit granules (and no candied ingredients) contain virtually no calories! So if you’re counting calories, carbs, steps, or living that Paleo life, you're good to go with plenty of options!

At this time, we do not have any certified organic teas, but we’re working on it! Since we work with lots of different ingredients from all over the world, it is much harder to get an organic certification. We hope that our teas and our warehouse will be fully certified soon!

You better believe it! No wheat (or wheat derivatives), rye, barley, triticale, malt, yeast, or wheat starch were harmed in the blending of your teas. However, since our ingredients come from all over the world, they may pass through a facility that is not certified as gluten-free on their way to us. If you are extremely gluten sensitive proceed with caution.

We sort our teas into four different categories based on caffeine content: high, medium, low & none. Essentially, our black tea contains the caffeine content of about ½ of a cup of coffee. Our green tea contains the caffeine content of about ¼ of a cup of coffee and our white tea contains the caffeine content of about ⅛ of a cup of coffee. Listed below are the specific milligram ranges of how much your 8oz cup contains!

Caffeine Per 8 oz Cup:

Green Tea = 35-70 mg

Oolong Tea = 50-75 mg

Black Tea = 60-90 mg

Coffee = 150-200 mg

All of our teas are vegan and dairy free EXCEPT for those that contain chocolate, chocolate chunks, chocolate shavings, chocolate shell or yogurt pieces. If you're looking to avoid these ingredients, be sure to check out the ingredient list on the front of each blend. We call out all dairy and allergens right on the label.

As a general rule, it is best to speak to your healthcare provider before introducing any new foods, herbs or beverages into your diet. So many different ingredients go into our tea blends, so being aware of what ingredients are included in particular blends you currently drink or want to drink when talking to your doctor is very important.

We're very conscious about the well being of our tea fans, so we abide by a refined food safety process & procedure to prevent any potential allergen cross contamination. The 8 major food allergens identified by the FDA are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. Of those 8 allergens, several of our tea blends do contain milk, eggs, tree nuts and soy. First things first, check to see if the food you are allergic to is listed on a particular tea’s ingredient label (any FDA major food allergen present will be listed in that tea's ingredient list). If you are concerned about a specific tea blend’s natural flavoring due to allergies, please email customerservice@tiestatea.com.

Our Tiesta Tea Products are not currently kosher certified.

Yes, you can reuse some tea leaves! Not all loose leaf tea is recommended to be reused but, certain types of loose tea can certainly be reused. See below for our suggestions:

Black tea – reuse black tea one time. Black tea is generally made of smaller tea leaves, which don’t lend themselves to rebrewing as most of the flavonoids and L-theanine will be captured on the first brew.

Green tea – reuse green tea one to three times. Green tea generally has longer leaves which are rolled up, meaning they take longer to unfurl. Because of this, loose leaf green tea leaves can be reused 1-3 times until the full leaf is open and the flavonoids and l-theanine has been fully extracted. The number of times you choose depends on how strong you prefer the flavor. The first brew will be the strongest, the second will be the smoothest, and the third will be the lightest.

Oolong tea – reuse oolong tea four to five times. Oolong tea is the best type of tea to rebrew and you can usually rebrew a good oolong tea 4-5 times. Generally, the best brew on an oolong will be the second or third brew. Oolong tea is usually rolled into a small, tight pellet which requires more brewing time to fully unfurl and disperse it’s flavonoids and l-theanine properties. 

White tea – we don’t recommend rebrewing white tea. White tea usually has the lightest flavor profile, so rebrewing white tea will yield a cup with very light flavor that may taste only like hot water.

Herbal tea – we don’t recommend rebrewing herbal tea leaves. On the first brew, you will extract all the flavors and health properties.

Tiesta Tea Cold Brew Tea

You can find Tiesta Tea Cold Brew teas in Target, Cub Foods, Meijer, and Safeway NorCal stores throughout the U.S. They can also be found in local retail stores, so be sure to check out our Store Locator page to see which stores near you carry it! 

Our Cold Brew teas can be found in fridges near kombucha and juice! These fridges are usually placed near the produce or fresh market section of most Target stores. 

You bet! We took the exact same loose leaf blends that you love, cold brewed them and bottled them to be ready for you to grab when you’re on the go! Take our Maui Mango Cold Brew tea, for example. We’ve used the same Maui Mango loose leaf blend that you know and love to make each bottle of Maui Mango Cold Brew. The only difference is that after each blend is cold brewed, we add a refreshing and natural splash of flavor to elevate and compliment every teas’ unique flavor profile.

Iced tea is brewed by steeping your tea leaves in hot water for just a few minutes and then pouring the tea over ice. To cold brew our tea, we let each tea blend steep for hours in filtered cold water. This reduces the acidity of the tea when brewed, allowing for a deeper and more robust flavor profile. Less acidity means a smoother and more refreshing flavor for you!

Some do and some don’t! If you’re looking for a boost of caffeine, check out our Slenderizer and Energizer Cold Brew teas. Our Energizer, Black Thai Tropical, contains 78 mg of caffeine per bottle while our Slenderizer, Lean Green Machine, contains 74 mg of caffeine. Looking for something you can drink all day or all night? Our Relaxer, Immunity and Eternity Cold Brew teas are all caffeine free! Reach for Lavender Chamomile, Maui Mango or Blueberry Wild Child when you want to stay caffeine-free.

Nope, nada, zilch. We keep it simple with all natural ingredients in each of our Cold Brew teas. We never use any artificial sweeteners in any of our teas! Any sweetness you taste is natural from the real fruit pieces in the tea, or a splash of agave or natural fruit juice concentrate.

We've taken our loose leaf blends that you love and added a refreshing and natural splash of flavor to elevate and compliment every teas’ unique flavor profile. Below are the details of each tea's ingredient breakdown: 

Papaya Citrus Black Tea (Energizer): Filtered water, black tea, apple pieces, papaya pieces, mango pieces, orange slices, orange peel, pomegranate bits, natural flavors, marigold petals, guava juice concentrate

Light Citrus Green Tea (Slenderizer): Filtered water, green tea, lemongrass, orange peel, lemon peel, bergamot oil, natural flavors, agave, lemon juice concentrate

Blueberry Hibiscus Fruit Tea (Eternity): Filtered water, apple pieces, hibiscus, elderberries, rose hip, natural flavors, pomegranate bits, cornflowers, blueberries, agave, lemon juice concentrate

Mango Pineapple Fruit Tea (Immunity): Filtered water, pineapple pieces, orange slices, mango bits, natural flavors, safflowers, strawberry fruit granules, white hibiscus, marigold petals, passion fruit juice concentrate

Soft Chamomile Herbal Tea (Relaxer): Filtered water, chamomile, lemongrass, blue mallow blossoms, lavender, vanilla extract, lemon juice concentrate

Our Tiesta Tea Products are not currently kosher certified.

All of our Cold Brew teas contain anywhere from 1 to 8 grams of sugar. Some of these sugars occur naturally in the teas from the real fruit pieces in the tea blend. Others are added by using a splash of agave. Below are the details of each tea’s sugar breakdown:

Energizer: 6 grams of natural sugar from Black Thai Tropical’s real fruit pieces + 0 grams of added sugar.

Slenderizer: 1 gram of natural sugar from Lean Green Machine’s natural ingredients + 5 grams of added sugar from a splash of natural agave.

Eternity: 4 grams of natural sugar from Blueberry Wild Child’s fruit pieces + 4 grams of added sugar from a splash of natural agave.

Immunity: 8 grams of natural sugar from Maui Mango’s real fruit pieces + 0 grams added sugar.

Relaxer: 2 grams of natural sugar from Lavender Chamomile’s natural ingredients + 0 grams of sugar added.

The FDA has recently ruled that all food and beverage labels should be more transparent by clarifying what sugars appear in your drinks naturally and which ones are added. Transparency is a core value of ours at Tiesta Tea, so we’ve taken a dive into what this means for you. Natural sugars are those that occur naturally in foods like fruits and veggies. For us, the natural sugar on our labels comes from the real fruit pieces that we use in each of our tea blends like real pieces of mangoes, oranges, pineapples and blueberries. According to the FDA, “added sugars” are “sugars that are either added during the processing of foods, or are packaged as such and include sugars from syrups, honey and concentrated fruit or vegetable juices” For us, any added sugar that you see on our labels come from added agave or fruit juice concentrates.

Every Tiesta Tea Cold Brew bottle is stamped with a ‘best by’ date on the back of the bottle. Look for the ‘best by’ date stamped in black on the back of each bottle near its neck.

Our Cold Brew has been lab tested and passed with flying colors for a shelf life of 120 days when kept refrigerated and unopened.

Several of our tea blends contain common food allergy ingredients. First things first, check to see if the food you're allergic to is listed on a particular tea’s ingredient label. All ingredients are listed on the back of the cold brew bottles. If you are concerned about a specific Cold Brew’s natural flavoring content due to allergies, please email customerservice@tiestatea.com and we would be happy to assist.

Absolutely, please do!

We recommend you refrigerate your bottle of Tiesta Tea Cold Brew and once opened, it can last up to 3 days...if you can resist it that long!

It’s natural, baby! Because we cold brew our teas with big cuts of real loose leaf tea, you may find some of those loose leaf tea particles as stowaways in your bottle. No worries! They are simply small bits of tea leaves, fruits and herbs and why we say to “shake well” on the back of your bottle before opening.

Unless you're enjoying it right away, Tiesta Tea Cold Brew teas must be refrigerated after purchase (woohoo - no preservatives!). Once opened, it can last up to 3 days in your fridge...if you can resist that long! 

My Order

Good news! Every time you place an order through our online tea shop, you get to select a FREE sample to try! You can pick any tea you want from that unique blend you have been dying to try or our all-time favorite you just cannot get enough of! Just our little way of saying thank you for Living Loose with us.

When in doubt, leave it to our highly-qualified tea sample chooser experts! Select “Surprise Me!” in the drop down menu before completing your order. Then, in the comment box at checkout, just let us know what you like, or leave it blank! Are you obsessed with fruity teas? Would you like a blend that’s highly caffeinated or nah? Do you like bold flavors or softer and more subtle notes? From there, we will personally pick a sample based on your comments. Yep, it’s that easy.

Oops! We apologize that your tea mail was sent missing an item! Please email customerservice@tiestatea.com with your order number & item missing and we will help straighten this out right away.

As much as we would love to send free samples to everyone, we simply get too many requests to do so. If we did that for everyone that asked, we wouldn't be able to keep the lights on! And working in the dark is hard.

Our goal is to have every order placed on our website shipped out to you within 24 - 72 hours. Orders placed before 2pm CST Monday - Friday ship out the same day.

Since your tea is coming to you from Chicago, shipping time may vary based on where you live. We ship your tea via USPS and typically the ship time ranges from 3-4 days.

Click here to view a map of transit times on our Shipping & Returns Policy page. 

We most certainly do! If you are interested in purchasing some tea to be shipped internationally, simply enter your address at checkout and select which shipping method you would prefer. US & Canada are the only countries we currently offer flat rate shipping. To find out your shipping rate, enter in your address at checkout and select your carrier. Click here to check out our Shipping & Returns Policy page for more shipping information. 

We keep things simple by charging a flat rate of $2.99 for standard 3-5 day shipping for orders under $40 via USPS, and shipping is FREE on most orders over $40 within the US. In a rush? We offer a flat rate of $6.99 for 2 Day shipping and our Next Day rates are calculated based on weight, size and distance. For all other orders/countries shipping will be calculated for your at check out. For more information on shipping, click here  to visit our Shipping & Returns Policy page. 

Sorry for the technical hiccup! Please contact customerservice@tiestatea.com and we will help fix the glitch.

Want to make a change? No problem! Simply follow these steps: 

1) Log into your account on our website

2) Click the "My Account" button located in the top right corner of your screen (look for the person icon)

3) Select the "Manage Subscription" section on the left side of your screen

4) From here, you're all set to edit away

First things first, make sure you are logged into your account. Once you're logged in, you can make any changes to your account details by clicking on "My Account" in the top righthand corner of your screen (look for the person icon). 

We're happy to provide refunds for unopened tea products. To do so, please let our Customer Service Specialists know what items you'd like to return within 2 weeks of the delivery date and ship it on back to us. Once we receive it, we'll process your refund right away!

About Tiesta Tea

We're on a mission to make tea beverages with premium ingredients that taste good and do good. Tiesta Tea has been the fastest growing tea company in the United States since 2014 (just ask Nielsen!), and we are currently distributed in over 8,000 stores nationwide. We were founded in 2010 by two college entrepreneurs from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois - Chicago. Today we've grown into a strong team driven by passion and grit. We work hard and have a good time doing it.

We're here to bring you a premium loose leaf tea experience full of flavor and health benefits. We create tea blends that naturally energize, relax, slenderize, boost immunity & help you stay looking and feeling young for eternity.

We believe in using our resources to have a direct social impact on our communities. That's why we've created the Tiesta Tea Foundation. Every time you purchase Tiesta Tea, a portion goes back to improve our world. 

ENERGIZER: Our Energizer Blends contain black and maté teas, which help you deal with fatigue by giving you an added mental and physical boost.

SLENDERIZER: Our Slenderizer Blends contain green and oolong teas that suppress your appetite and boost your metabolism, helping you maintain a healthy weight.

ETERNITY: Our Eternity blends contain herbal, white and green with an abundance of superfruits for an antioxidant boost.

IMMUNITY: Our Immunity Blends contain rooibos and herbal teas, which help you recover by fueling your body with a variety of vitamins and nutrients.

RELAXER: Our Relaxer Blends contain herbal and rooibos teas with various ingredients that produce relaxing effects for both your body and mind. 

Our tea filters are recyclable and non-bleached, however, they are not biodegradable or compostable. They are made up of both natural and synthetic fibers in order to make it possible for each tea filter to seal when it hits your cup of hot water. This combination of heat-sealed fibers isn't biodegradable and should be kept out of your compost bucket.

Absolutely! For our tins, just pop out the plastic windows on the tin as well as the plastic ring on the inside of the lid and toss those in the trash. Now your tin is ready to be recycled! For our sample, pouch and bulk tea bags, after you are done scooping all of the tea leaf goodness out of them, they are good to go in the recycle bin! 

Our tea is sourced from all over the world! For example, our black tea comes from India, our rooibos tea comes from South Africa and our mango pieces come from Thailand! It all depends on which tea you’re drinking. If you would like to know the details of a specific tea’s origins, shoot us an email at customerservice@tiestatea.com.

Yes! All of our mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe. Our Tiesta Tea Brewmasters are made from medical grade plastic that is BPA free and dishwasher and microwave safe.

Our Slenderizer tea function is only made up of green tea blends. Green tea naturally suppresses appetite and provides a metabolism boost! We do not add any magical chemicals to our teas that help with weight loss, this is just naturally what green tea does for you.

If your favorite blend is not currently up on our website one of two things happened: it might be a seasonal blend, and if this is the case, don’t worry! It will be back when its season rolls around again. Or, your missing blend may have been discontinued. Every year we evaluate our teas and take into account feedback from our customers and employees about how their favorite blends and new flavor trends. When we find awesome new tea blends that we want to bring to our customers, it means we have to say goodbye to old friends to make room for the new. If you want to double check if your favorite tea was discontinued or not, shoot us an email at customerservice@tiestatea.com.

You sure did! For each dollar you spend on our online store, you earn 1 loyalty leaf. Those add up and can be redeemed for some pretty sweet deals. To sign up for the rewards program, simply create and account and then look for the blue rewards program button in the bottom lefthand corner of your screen. 

Each tea blend will yield a different amount of servings per container, but we have the following handy guide to help you find the right container to best fit your brewing needs: Sample Size: 8-12 cups
Pouch Size: 15-30 cups
Tin Size: 30-50 cups
Bulk Bag size: 140-200 cups

The best way to clean a Brewmaster is to take it apart for hand-washing or dishwasher cleaning.

Step 1: Take off the lid
Step 2: Pull the inside filter out of the Brewmaster (you may have to tug hard the first time)
Step 3: Detach bottom orange disk from the Brewmaster by pulling it out. (Make sure when you replace this after washing that the rubber bulb and be sure that the rubber circle is not pinched when it is back in place. If the rubber circle is pinched, it will not create a seal and your brewmaster will leak.)

Step 4: Clean all pieces by hand-washing or placing in the dishwasher. 

To put back together, push the bottom disk back into the body of the brewmaster, place the filter into the Brewmaster and snap the lid back on. For a visual guide, please reach out to our Customer Service Specialists.

Our tea filters are make it easy to brew on the go with 3 simple steps: 

Step 1: Fill your tea filter with your favorite loose leaf tea. We recommend 1.5tsp for every 8oz of water

Step 2: Fold the top of the filter over - your filter will seal itself when it gets wet

Step 3: Place your filter in your mug of hot water and let the brewing commence!


If you want to work in a fast-paced environment where every day is different, have a can-do attitude and a passion for innovation, you have come to the right place. We are always looking for those with incredible passion and energy to join our team and Live Loose with us! If you think you would make a good addition to our company, check out our careers page to read about any opportunities available and apply for the position you’re interested in!

Please email customerservice@tiestatea.com for all partnership opportunities, PR questions and media requests.

Tiesta Tea believes that giving back is one of the most important things a successful company can and should do. After all, we would never be where we are today without a little help from our friends.

Spread The Warmth: Everyone has love in their heart. We're using the love of many hearts to bring warmth and comfort to people in Chicago. We’re asking our community, friends, and family to share a moment of joy and warmth with those less fortunate. Using our resources, we’ll pass out cups of hot tea and warmth kits to those who find themselves sleeping on the cold city streets. Sign up to volunteer, donate and learn more about next year's Spread The Warmth event at tiestatea.com/spread-the-warmth.

ExtraSpecialTeas: EST is a community inspired nonprofit tea house located in Great Barrington, MA, employing people with ExtraSpecialNeeds seeking their purpose & where the future belongs to everyone belonging. Visit extraspecialteas.org or visit our Loose Change page for more information on how we create loose change with every online order to give back to EST.

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