Zi Chun Wholesale Tea Supplier

An Established, Trusted and Dependable Wholesale Tea Supplier – specializing in Premium Loose Leaf Teas

We at Zi Chun Tea Company are fully committed to our main job of supplying wholesale and bulk teas to our customers.  We are an Australian owned and managed business with a solid footprint in Asia. Over the past 10 years we have grown from a small Taiwan tea business supplying tea to a couple of customers in Australia to now supplying teas from four tea growing regions to customers in 14 different countries worldwide.

Zi Chun Tea is associated with and supports many tea industry entities including ITMA, AASTA, Tea Journey, Steepsters, TChing. Zi Chun Teas are regularly assessed by various international tea experts and reviewers with excellent review results.

Wholesale Loose Leaf Tea Distributors with Hundreds of Teas to Choose From

High grade and premium 100% loose leaf teas are our specialty. In addition we offer an extensive range of scented and flavored teas that retain the base teas original character and high quality. Some of these include a range of Jasmine teas, flavored Oolongs such as Milk, Strawberry, Ginseng and Osmanthus Oolongs. We supply many unique and rare teas including Pu erh and Dark teas, GABA teas, Wild black teas. We supply some herbal and fruit teas including Organic Mulberry Leaf Tea from Thailand. If you are looking for a particular tea or a particular price for a tea that is not listed, let us know and we can source it for you.

Consistency in Tea Quality and Taste

Maintaining consistency in quality and taste profiles for our teas is critical to a stable tea supply for our customers. While we cannot 100% guarantee the quality and taste will be consistent and never change from season to season and batch to batch, we can assure you that we do all we can to work closely with the tea growers and tea makers to minimize differences. If there is a significant difference in quality or taste from one batch to the next of a tea that is regularly ordered, we will inform you and provide a sample prior to purchasing a new order.

Latest Harvest Teas from Four Major Tea Regions

Supplying teas from the freshest latest harvest is important. For most Green teas and Oolong teas the spring harvest yields the highest grade, but some sometimes winter harvests are exceptionally good and even some autumn harvests can produce very good teas. Our teams on ground in each area monitor the harvests closely and it is their main responsibility to be continually tasting and assessing tea quality and ensuring that only the best teas available at any given time are shipped to our customers.  Our tea experts know their teas and make careful judgments on each batch of tea we purchase.

A Resourceful and Experienced Team on the Ground in Each Region

Our on the ground teams in each country source teas from up to 20 different tea gardens and tea producers covering all of the specialized tea growing areas in each country.  They know the local tea industry well and have very good relationships with many of the farmers and tea processors and they know the value and pricing of the teas in their area.

Transparent Operations from the Tea Garden to You

We feel it is important to be transparent and open about our operations and provide our customers with as much information as possible. One of our strengths is our lean operation and our desire to maintain the smallest distance possible between where the tea was plucked and the person drinking the tea. Our business model of direct shipping from the country of origin to your door supports this. In each country of origin our teams harvest and process some of the teas themselves. They also warehouse a selection of teas purchased from various tea gardens and tea processing plants throughout the country. In most cases we provide you with the names and locations of the tea gardens and tea factories as well as other information about each tea. In a few instances however – especially some of our Taiwan teas, the tea farmers tend to prefer to be somewhat secretive about their tea growing and tea processing and has asked that we not disclose their name and exact location. We respect this as we understand the culture there in this regard.

Door to Door Shipping Direct from the Tea Growing Region to Your Door

We specialize in a providing Door to Door shipping direct from the tea growing regions – getting the freshest and highest grade teas to you as directly and economically as possible. This eliminates the 5-6 month supply chain process of getting average quality teas to you that most of the bigger conventional tea suppliers are limited to. In this way we are able to provide you with a range of teas based on quality and not only price, giving an edge in value to you and your business with “stand-out teas” not just “same old teas”

Tea Information Readily Available

We provide as much information as we can get on each tea including pictures, harvest dates, locations, tea bush varietal and history. This is available online and we also have information sheets on each tea that can be requested via email (these information sheets will be downloadable PDF files online shortly) We regularly update individual tea information and harvest dates and add new teas as they become available. Our team is also continually researching, discovering and learning more about the wonderful world of tea and will be posting articles and news.

Small Minimum Order Quantities

1kg (2.2lb) per tea variety. 3kg (6.6lb) per order/per region.  The minimal order for each tea variety is 1kg (2.2lb). The total order size minimum is 3kg (6.6lb) of tea from each country. The order can be mixed varieties of any teas available from that country.

20kg (44lb) Order Price Break!

Automatic 10% discount for min. order of 20kg (44lb) of tea per region. For orders of 20kg(44lb) up to 99kg(218lb) from each country there will be a discount of 10% on the tea cost. The discount prices are listed on our price lists that we can email you on request (the price lists will be downloadable PDF files online shortly). When you place you order online the 10% discount will take effect automatically at check out.

100kg (220lb) Order Price Break!

Automatic 20% discount for minimum order of 100kg (220lb)of tea per region. For orders over 100kg (220lb) from each country there will be a discount of 20% on the tea cost. The discount prices are listed on our price lists that we can email you on request (the price lists will be downloadable PDF files online shortly). When you place you order online the 20% discount will take effect automatically at check out.

Several Shipping Options Available

Most of our customers opt for express shipping for order under 100kg. for this we choose the most economical option available between the different couriers services such as DHL and FEDEX and the EMS postal service. The postal service also offers other lower priced and slower options for most countries including Airmail package, SAL and surface mail. Some of our customers have their own courier account and if it works out to be more economical they use this option.

Free Samples Readily Available

Up to 12 samples can be requested free of charge from each region with you paying shipping cost only (usually around $30/region) This cost is refunded with the first purchase. Additional samples are provided free of charge with ongoing orders. (Please note: Some conditions may apply regarding requesting samples of high end expensive teas)

Fully Automated Online Ordering – or Manual Ordering via Email if Preferred

Note: Automatic online ordering system is under construction at present

Prompt Inquiry Replies

We will usually reply initially within 24-48 hours and continue to do so with ongoing communications. We are fine with communications via Skype, Wechat, SMS and telephone.

Free Sourcing of Teas, Tea Information and Prices of Teas not Listed in our Catalogs

We are here to help you and provide a service to you as your tea supplier. Feel free to contact us with any tea related questions you may have including sourcing of new teas, prices, availability of rare teas.

Free Samples and Shipping Available for Recognized Tea reviewers and Tea Institutions

We can supply tea samples and shipping free of charge to tea connoisseurs, tea bloggers, tea academics and tea reviewers and tea institutions who will publish a review of our tea or use the tea for teaching, tasting events etc.

If you fit any these categories and would like to receive some samples send us an email at info@zi-chun.com with some information about yourself and the teas needed. Please note: While we are happy to provide samples and appreciate receiving unbiased reviews of our teas, we are not obligated to approve and provide samples to all who request them.

Private Labeling, Printing and Packaging Services

Please contact us directly for your private labeling and printing and packaging needs.

Tea Ware and Accessories Sourcing and Supply

Please contact us directly for any tea ware and accessories needs. We will be happy to provide a quote for you. Please note some products may have high minimum order quantities.

Zi Chun Teas now Available on Amazon

We are happy to announce that our first batch of products are now available for ordering on Amazon. More products will be added to the Amazon Store and become available over the next months.

          

Wholesale Loose Tea Distributors and Wholesale Tea Supplies

Zi Chun Tea is an International Tea merchant and recognized globally as one of the top wholesale loose tea distributors, specializing in high grade specialty and gourmet loose leaf teas. Our wholesale tea supplies are shipped direct to customers from tea gardens in several different tea growing regions around the world

The Tea Growing Regions We Supply From

Harvesting High Mountain Tea - Li Shan (Pear Mountain) Taiwan (2200m (7,200 ft)

Harvesting High Mountain Tea – Li Shan (Pear Mountain) Taiwan (2200m (7,200 ft)

Taiwan: We specialize in Taiwanese Oolong and unique Taiwanese Black Teas and supply one of the largest and most extensive range of wholesale loose leaf teas available from this region with over 80 different varieties. Some of our most popular and top sellers from Taiwan include Organic GABA tea, Alishan High Mountain Oolong, Milk Oolong, Strawberry Oolong, Ginseng Oolong and Wild black tea.

China: Our China Origin loose leaf teas include most of the famous tea varieties from China with several grades to choose from with most varieties. Our team in China has good relations with many tea gardens and resources and we can also source and supply other teas on request that are not on our regular stock list. We also supply an extensive range of herbal infusions and fruit teas out of China.

Japan: Through our colleagues in Japan located in a tea garden in Shizuoka prefecture, we supply an extensive range of Japanese Matcha and other green teas – both regular and premium grades.

India: Our Indian tea range includes seasonal Darjeeling and Assam teas from many of the top tea estates in India as well as most standards teas such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Masala Chai and more. We also supply a large range of Indian herbal and Ayuvedic infusions blended by our Indian tea makers.

Other Regions: We also supply teas out of Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam to customers on request.

Buying Locally versus Buying Direct From Tea Gardens – Benefits of Direct Supply from Tea Gardens

More and more small to medium sized tea companies, online tea businesses, tea shops, tea bars and restaurants who have traditionally bought from local suppliers are choosing to purchase their teas directly from the tea gardens. Two of the biggest benefits most customers find are 1.) The cost per kilo of tea is lower which means more profit and 2.) They have the assurance of knowing the teas they are purchasing are fresh (often the latest harvest), and in many cases better quality teas. To ensure maximum freshness our wholesale teas are vacuum packed in 250g (.55lb) or 500g (1.1bl) packs at the tea garden.

Who Should Buy?

500g (1.1lb) vacuum packed Oolong tea packages from Taiwan

500g (1.1lb) vacuum packed Oolong tea packages from Taiwan

We are finding our customer base of smaller, medium size businesses is growing. In recent years one of the biggest “hurdles” that we needed to walk new customers through was overcoming the “unknown” factor of importing tea. Many of our customer felt more comfortable buying from local suppliers and were simply not aware how straightforward and uncomplicated is it to purchase and have their tea delivered from abroad. It is a very global market place these days and buying and having an order delivered from China or India is not so different from having it shipped from within your own country, aside from possibly a few days longer delivery time. Tea, in most countries is exempt from import duty and, unless the order is a large ocean freight or air freight shipment, it gets delivered to your door. The old mindset of I’m just a small business and I need to purchase a huge volume to make it worthwhile to import is also not an issue. Our minimum order quantity is only 3kg (6.6lb) from each region and a minimum order of 1kg (2.2lb) per tea variety.

How Do the Shipping Costs Work

Our shipping costs are not marked up and we use the current rates available for Express Post, DHL or FEDEX. Although you can place an order for as little as 3kg (6.6lb), shipping costs do factor in to the overall tea cost. As a general rule the bigger the order (i.e. the more weight of tea ordered) the lower the final cost per kg/lb. Many of our customers order minimum quantities of around 10kg (22lb) or more to bring down the cost per kg/lb. We also provide a price break on the tea cost at 20kg (44lb). So orders of more than 20kg (44lb) start to be quite economical. See here for more details. However starting with a small investment and ordering a small order initially to “test the waters” is quite normal.

How To Start Ordering Direct From Tea Gardens

Some tea business owners do work directly with tea gardens and tea farmers but in most cases tea farmers and tea processing factory owners prefer to not get involved in the sales and marketing of their teas and rely on international tea merchants and wholesale distributors such as Zi Chun Tea Co to handle this for them.

Simply contact us directly via the contact page or write to sales@zi-chun.com with your tea needs and we will be happy to provide our pricing and other details including needed tea information and arranging samples for tasting and comparing. By registering here, you can have access to our wholesale tea and wholesale tea ware prices. (We are presently working on a wholesale online system which we will have in place shortly.

 

Handy Brew coffee & tea maker

The Handy Brew is becoming increasingly popular for both coffee and tea drinkers. The clever coffee dripper technology makes it simple and easy to brew a great cup of coffee on the go with minimal mess& fuss.

But where the Handy Brew really shines is in it capacity to brew tea – loose leaf, herbal, fruit teas or even tea bags – in an efficient and very effective way. The secret is in the patented one-way valve in the base. After placing the tea in the unit and adding  hot water, you can easily control the steeping time by activating the gravity feed system. Simply place the Handy Brew on your cup and watch while it delivers perfect tea. Stop it at any point by removing it from the cup and placing it on the accompanying coaster. It works equally well with all kinds of teas including herbal and fruit teas.

It’s a great invention — made from 100% BPA free, high grade tritan plastic. This durable and flexible unit, also features a removable and replaceable filter that is easy to clean and lightweight.

Zi Chun Tea sells this product factory direct in bulk orders. Please contact by email for pricing and Minimum order quantities. info@zi-chun.com

See a review of this product HERE

For retail sales in the US and Canada the Handy Brew Tea Maker is available through our affiliate HERE

 

T Ching blog articles

Following are articles written for the T Ching tea blog by Peter Wescombe

Aged oolong tea
Chinese Tea Expo – Sydney, Australia 2011
Consistent tea quality
Reflecting on the future of the tea industry
The joy of seeing others enjoying tea
Hong Yu – Taiwan’s unique black tea
Jin Xuan Milk Oolong (AKA Nai Xiang, Golden Lily, Silk Oolong, Milk Oolong, and Jin Xuan)
Dong Ding Oolong
Oriental Beauty
Chinese tea harvests
Why I like tea
Gaoshan cha (High Mountain tea)
Taiwan’s expensive teas
Unique health benefits of GABA oolong tea

Natural GABA tea – a healthy tea choice

A lot has been said about GABA tea and the many benefits it has. It certainly is an amazing tea and due credit goes to the Japanese for “discovering” it. It was a person named Dr. Tsushida who “stumbled” on the process for making GABA tea during some unrelated research. He was a part of a Japanese research team involved in these studies more than 20 years ago by Japanese scientists. They surprisingly noticed that tea leaves exposed to nitrogen yields a huge increase the GABA levels of the tea. The Japanese, already realizing the benefits of GABA supplements, immediately caught onto this amazing discovery and since this time GABA Tea has become an integral part of the Japanese diet.

The processing of the tea is done naturally without any chemicals added. The initial tea plant is, in most cases, grown organically. The fresh tea is put into large vacuumed drums. The oxygen is pumped out and nitrogen is put in its place. Exposing the tea leaves to the nitrogen in this way is what increases the GABA in the leaves. This process takes about 8 hours at a temperature of 40-45 degrees Celsius.

The many health benefits of GABA have been elaborated on in other articles and I will not discuss this in detail here. Suffice to say is that drinking GABA tea can be very beneficial – especially for those prone to high blood pressure, stress and anxiety, lack of sleep, even weight loss and a general sense of well being. GABA supplements are being sold everywhere form pharmaceutical tablets to soft drinks and more. It is a known fact that a GABA deficiency can cause an imbalance in many of these areas.

GABA tea is being grown primarily in Taiwan and China and marketed worldwide – especially to Japan. The mid level, elevation tea growing region in Nantou County, Central Taiwan makes for an idea tea growing area. The Taiwan tea growing community in this region has developed the equipment for processing GABA tea easily and efficiently.

The global market consumption of GABA tea is very small compared to other Asian teas, such as green tea and oolong tea, which is surprising as it not expensive and an enjoyable tea to drink. GABA tea is relatively unknown in the Western world, although GABA supplements in other forms are now quite popular. As someone said – it is surprising that it is not more popular than green tea as it has more health properties and tastes better.

The loose leaf tea – although technically a rolled oolong tea – similar Dong Ding, half ball style – is considerably darker and the balls a little smaller in size.

When the tea is steeped the leaves unfurl and expand similar to regular oolong tea. The color of the liquor is a rich golden amber color. The tea has full bodied, fruity, honey aroma.

 

For more information on Organic GABA Tea and GABA Tea Benefits visit oour Good Tea Resource website

For US and Canada customers, we now sell our Organic GABA Oolong on Amazon.

Ordering Information

Price lists and available teas are updated every 3 months and emailed to our client base. New customer inquiries are most welcome and price lists can be provided on request via the contact form or by emailing to to sales@zi-chun.com. From time to time new teas become available, or a particular tea runs out of stock and we endeavor to keep our clients updated and informed via email and twitter.

Most of our teas are available in consistent quality all year round. Some of our higher end, seasonal teas, however are quite limited in quantity and are available on a first come first serve basis until stocks are out – unless prior arrangements have been made.

Wholesale ordering online will become a feature on our website shortly, but in the meantime the simplest way to place an order is to email the list of teas (with item codes) and kilo quantities to sales@zi-chun.com We will then confirm stock, calculate shipping and confirm pricing with you.

For small orders, we will calculate the most economical express shipping option such as DHL, Fed Ex or the EMS postal service to use (unless other agreed upon shipping arrangements are already in place).

For orders of 200kg or more of tea or tea ware products with a volume of more than 1cu m, shipping by ocean freight can significantly reduce shipping costs. For orders totaling 15 cu m and more, FCL (full container) rates enable further savings on shipping costs.

Payment terms are as follows  (unless other agreed upon arrangements are already in place).

For purchases less than $1,000: Prepaid – on order placement

For purchases above $1,000: 50% prepaid. 50% on delivery

Bank transfer fees and currency exchange fees to be borne by client.

Pricing is listed US$ for international clients and in AU$ for Australian clients

Payment options:

Bank transfer (US$ and AU$ accounts available)

Credit card ( Master or Visa)

Pay Pal

Western Union

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