Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Tea makes a great gift for the holidays. But picking the perfect arrangement takes some effort. So we’re making it easy with this year’s Rakkasan Tea holiday gift guide. Below, you’ll not only find great ideas for the tea lover in your life, but you’ll know you’re helping to promote peace and development in post-conflict countries — as that’s where all our hard-to-find tea comes from.

#1. Carved oak Rakkasan Tea display/gift box

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Let’s start with presentation. You’re buying fine tea, so why not give it in something nicer than usual? We originally had these carved, oak boxes made for our limited supply of rare Lotus Tea. But they proved popular, so now we’re making them available for any tea. When you make a purchase, select the version with the gift box and it’ll come in one of these.

And if you’ve already bought your tea gifts but would like to add a gift box, we also now sell them separately. Just click here.

#2. The Gift Pack 6-Pack

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This was our most popular gift item last year. This year, because we have more selections, we’ve decided to include one tea from each country in this year’s 6-Pack. So if you’re looking to share tea from a variety of locations, this one is fun and easy. It includes unique loose-leaf tea from Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos and Colombia. Click to view and buy a Gift Pack 6-Pack.

#3. Country Packs

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Know someone who travels a lot? Do they have an affinity for a certain place? Give them a Country Pack! Part of the fun here is the different character, tastes and aromas of tea from different parts of the world. It’s like wine.

Our Rwandan and Colombian teas are grown in the rich volcanic soil of central Africa and the Andes Mountains. Our Vietnamese tea comes from wild tea trees in the far north that are 300-400 years old. Our Nepalese tea comes from the Himalayan foothills. And our Sri Lankan and Laotian tea is carefully and meticulously hand-rolled after being plucked in tropical climates. Click to view and buy a Country Pack.

#4. Tea-By-Type Packs

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Some people are very particular about the tea they drink. Especially when it comes to caffeine. As we’ve described before, black tea is where you’ll find the most caffeine, followed by oolong. Green and white tea have the least caffeine.

For black tea lovers, we have the Black Tea Pack. And for the more health-conscious tea drinkers, we have the Green Tea Pack. Want something without caffeine? Our Ceylon Lemongrass is an herbal tea that’s naturally caffeine-free. Click to view and buy a Black Tea Pack or a Green Tea Pack.

#5. Sampler Packs

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If you’re not looking to spend as much, but you want to share a range of tea selections, we have sampler packs by type and region. They contain half-ounce bags with enough leaves to make at least one full pot of tea per selection. And each sampler pack comes with a coupon for 15% off the recipient’s first order! Click to view and buy a sampler pack.

#6. Gift Cards

Still not sure? No problem. We offer electronic gift cards for $25, $50 and $100. Buy one here.


We hope these products spur some ideas as you do your holiday shopping. If you'd like us to include a note to the recipient, please email us at hello@rakkasantea.com. And if you have any other questions, always feel free to contact Rakkasan Tea Company founder Brandon Friedman directly at bf@rakkasantea.com!

Caffeine in Tea: A Brief Guide

A question we get asked a lot concerns how much caffeine there is in tea—especially relative to coffee. While all tea (Camellia sinensis) has caffeine, the amount you consume varies widely depending on growing conditions, how it’s processed and how it’s prepared for drinking. For example, with loose tea, finely-ground tea will deliver more caffeine than whole, unbroken leaves. Higher water temperature and longer steeping times also draw out more caffeine from the leaves—which is why black tea is typically the most caffeinated.

Generally speaking, however, tea has less caffeine than coffee. Here’s a handy chart to help understand the differences.

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One last point worth noting: We don’t sell decaffeinated tea and we don’t recommend it. Why? Because decaffeinating tea generally does one of two things: It either strips the tea of its natural flavor, aroma and character, creating a duller replacement, or it’s toxic. Now, no decaffeinated tea you buy in a U.S. chain grocery store will be toxic. But it’ll definitely be a lower quality imitation of real tea.

What we recommend instead of decaffeinated tea is drinking an herbal “tea.” Herbals aren’t technically tea, but whatever. They’re used the same way and they’re naturally caffeine-free. Herbals like lemongrass, mint, chamomile and sage all make great substitutes when you want to stay away from caffeine. At Rakkasan Tea, we offer Ceylon Lemongrass from Sri Lanka and we plan to offer a greater variety soon.