The Best Spice Tea

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I’m located in the US. For me, the best spice tea is Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Organic Caffeine Free. I first tried the original version of this tea at The Good Earth restaurants in the 80’s. The predominent notes are orange and cinnamon, but it’s hard to describe how good this tea is in words. It is naturally sweet, warm and spicy. As the package says, “natural sweet flavors and spice notes play mysteriously together” “The learning curve on tea can be pretty steep. [amen] We’ve sorted through the buds and leaves to bring you the best.” “Made with organic ingredients.”

The Good Earth was the first health food restaurant chain in the US with table service. Quite a novelty. People went crazy for their spiced black tea, so much so that they have to sell it. Today the Good Earth Tea Company is owned by a different company than the remaining restaurant locations. The version of the tea that I like today uses Rooibos as a base instead of black tea, and is caffiene free.

Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free Tea: Spices on a base of Rooibos.
Ingredients: organic Rooibos, organic chicory root, organic cinnamon, organic rosehip, organic honeybush, natural flavor, organic lemongrass, organic chamomile, organic peppermint, organic ginger root, organic orange oil, organic orange peel*

For me, this tea goes perfectly with honey. You can find this product on the company website HERE.
OUT OF STOCK on 12/19/18

If you don’t like to click on a link:

goodearth.com/sweet-spicy-products/organic-sweet-spicy-caffeine-free.html

The company website only sells to the US. Availability in stores is detailed below.

I find I don’t miss the black tea or caffeine from the original version. The company sells a newer version of the original Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea made with black tea. This flavor isn’t organic. The company told me this recipe is very similar to the one people remember from The Good Earth restaurants:

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Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea: Spices and black tea.
Ingredients: black tea, natural flavor, rosehip, lemongrass, cinnamon, chamomile, peppermint, jasmine green tea, anise seed, ginger root, orange peel, orange oil

Order it on the company website
HERE.

If you don’t want to click on a link:

goodearth.com/sweet-spicy-products/sweet-spicy.html

Availability in stores is below.

These teas come in my favorite form: unbleached paper tea bags with a string and no staple:

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According to the company, they only sell to certain stores in the US. Where I live, availability of Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Teas in stores has been extremely spotty.

The stores below MIGHT carry Good Earth Sweet & Spicy teas. Within these chains, each store location might or might not have them:
Costco, Walmart (you can also have them shipped to Walmart for free), Safeway, Albertsons, Publix, Meijer, Pavillion, Stop & Shop, and ShopRite.

The Good Earth Tea Company was purchased by Tata Group, a huge conglomerate based in India.

Besides the two teas I recommend, the company offers three more Sweet & Spicy teas:

Sweet & Spicy Chai
Spices on a base of black tea

Sweet & Spicy Green
Spices on a base of green tea

Sweet & Spicy Good Night
Spices on a base of chamomile

I haven’t tried them. They seem to contain quite a few “natural flavorings” which is too bad. The term natural flavoring can mean something not derived from that ingredient and which might not in fact be natural. It’s true that the two varieties I like have “natural flavorings” but not as many, and well, I’ve loved those teas since I was a teenager. It would be better going forward to create teas with ingredients where we know what they are and which health food people approve of. Am I misunderstanding the ingredients listings? I’m not sure. And that’s the problem.

For your information I am posting the ingredients for the three Sweet & Spicy teas I have not tried:

Sweet & Spicy Chai

Ingredients: Black tea, “natural” flavor, cinnamon, ginger, chicory root, “natural” mango flavor with other “natural” flavors, “natural” cardamom flavor with other “natural” flavors, cloves

Sweet & Spicy Green Tea

Ingredients: steamed green tea, cinnamon, lemongrass, “natural” flavors, rosehip, “natural” grapefruit flavor with other “natural” flavors, anise seed, ginger root, “natural” mango flavor with other “natural” flavors

Sweet & Spicy Good Night

Ingredients: Chamomile flowers, organic chamomile, “natural” dragon fruit flavor with other “natural” flavors, “natural” cinnamon flavor with other “natural” flavors, “natural” flavors

What’s your favorite spice tea? Anyone else remember The Good Earth restaurants?

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*Ingredients listings are from the company website. I added quotes around the “natural flavorings.”

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