3 Best Premium Tea Brands of 2024

all white For Life tea set with cookies and sugar on a tray with pearls
There’s something wonderful about a cup of hot tea on a rainy day. Or how about a glass of cold-brewed tea on a hot day? Maybe the true winner is a pot of tea shared with your best friend. No matter what, from the moment you set the kettle on to boil, your tea ritual has begun. We’re here to help you find the best premium tea brands for the best tea.

A quality tea makes all the difference in your tea experience. You deserve to have the highest quality of luxury tea. Whether you are new to tea, trying to expand your collection, or shopping for a gift, we can help. Our guide to the world’s best premium teas will insure you’ll always have a special bonus in your tea cupboard.

So let the countdown begin!

#3 M21 Luxury Tea

Metropolitan Tea is a Canadian company with 100% trackable packaged tea. Their M21 Luxury Teas feature functional, ethically sourced tea blends. They have a huge range of teas and tisanes that cover all seasons and styles of tea. There’s so many to choose from!

Metz Teas win big with us based on their commitment to the environment and people. Their factory in Ontario is 100% solar powered, and produces 5x the energy they annually use. Their teabags are plant based material, and the bags are packed in nitrogen to preserve the freshness of the teas. In 2011, Metropolitan partnered with the UN Billion Tree program and the Ontario 50 Million Tree program to plant 15,000 trees.

M21 Luxury Tea’s stylish tube/boxes are very attractive on the shelf, and you can’t beat the flavours of their amazing teas. Their tea bags are pyramidal, so the contents have room to expand during the steep for the best flavour. Knowing M21 Teas make a difference for people and the environment makes their tea taste even better.

M21 Apple spice tea being held by a hand

Our Favourite M21 Tea: M21 Apple Spice Black Tea

The M21 Apple Spice Black Tea is a wonderful, warming tea. It has sweet apple notes, punctuated by the hint of cinnamon. This tea would also make an amazing sun tea in the hot summer months. Very refreshing with ice and a cinnamon stick!

#2 Numi Organic Tea

Numi Organic Tea is a brother-and-sister-founded company. These siblings started their company in 1999 and named it Numi after the Arabic word for “citrus”. They were both influenced by a dried lime tea that they drank as children in Iraq. Each box features a work of art that sister Reem Hassani lovingly paints. The images come from her brother Ahmed Rahim’s photographs from their world travels.

Under their leadership, Numi seeks to ethically produce and source all their tea. They also ensure it’s all organic, fair-trade, and fair labour tea. Numi also is a Founding B-Certified Corporation, which focuses on benefiting the environment, employees, and the community. Numi is a great company to support, and we’re happy to have a large selection of Numi’s premium tea brands at Cupper’s.

Every Numi box has 18 bags of tea, each individually wrapped in a colourful sachet. The bags are of compostable, plastic-free mesh. Each bag is specially folded so there’s lots of room for the tea to spread out for better steeping.

Our Favourite Numi Tea: Rooibos Chai

Are you looking for naturally caffeine-free alternative to a traditional black chai tea? Look no further than this spicy-sweet Numi Rooibos Chai Herbal Tea blend.

#1 Rishi Tea & Botanicals

And finally, we choose our number one premium tea brand: Rishi Tea & Botanicals! Rishi sells only the best, high-quality delicious teas. Rishi has a wide range of tea in many styles. We also use Rishi Teas on our drink bar in many of our tea drinks.
As a company, we love Rishi Tea’s values. They commit to direct trade imports from their growers. Those imports are based on long-standing, personal relationships and ecological growing practices. Many of the farms are family-owned micro-lots and certified organic. Rishi also regularly challenges North American tea drinkers with unusual new flavours and botanicals.
Rishi Blueberry Hibiscus is one of the most popular teas at Cupper’s. It’s a close second to the winner below.
Rishi Earl Grey Black Tea Bags at Cupper's Coffee & Tea

Our Favourite Rishi Tea: Rishi Earl Grey

Rishi Earl Grey is a true British classic. Robust, fruity Thai black tea blended with mellow, caramel sweet Yunnan Dian Hong tea. That blend is then infused with Italian bergamot, a type of sour orange. The result? Simply the best Earl Grey ever. Enjoy!

How to Prepare Tea

Tea has many different methods to prepare it, each developed by their own region. The most common western method is steeping tea in hot water, then removing the tea leaves once the desired taste has developed. The quality of the tea leaves is clearly very important. However the water quality and temperature and length of steeping also have a strong effect on the end result.

Water Quality and Temperature

Start with clean, cold, filtered water for the best flavour outcome. The ideal end water temperature for most teas is just below the boiling point. This state is described as “string of pearls”, as there is a steady stream of small bubbles flowing in the water. 

Water that is too hot scalds the tea, and results in poor quality of flavours. Exact water temperature is dependent on the type of tea that you are steeping, so make sure to check in advance.

Steep Time

The steep time varies depending on both the type of tea used and the desired flavour from the tea. Steep time can always adjust to suit your tastes. A shorter steep time will be more stimulating and light in flavour. Most of the caffeine extracts but with little tannins. A longer steep time creates a relaxing tea. It has more tannins extracted that give a slightly astringent feel. 
Additionally tea can also be over-steeped. This results in a taste that is extremely bitter, burnt or tart.
Read more about brewing tea in our Beginners Guide to Luxury Tea. For a quick and easy guide to making the best iced tea, check out our guide to Cupper’s Summer Berry Iced Tea.
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