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Numi Tea Dragonwell, Long Jing Green Tea, Loose Leaf, 16 oz bag

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3.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
About the Product
  • One 16-ounce bag of loose green tea
  • Made from pure, 100% natural Long Jing green tea
  • Certified kosher & halal
  • Tea is packaged in foil-laminated craft bag to ensure freshness

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About the Brand

Numi's vision is to inspire well-being of mind, body, and spirit through the simple art of tea. Numi elevates the tea experience through quality, creativity, and authenticity. We are grateful to those who contribute to our tea journey, and we hope to have a positive impact on all members of our "Communitea"--from farmer to packer to our fellow tea drinker. Conscientious of the impact of our actions, we aspire to be environmentally responsible and globally sustainable by using recyclable and biodegradable packaging and sustainable bamboo in our merchandising.

The Numi Journey
In the fall of 1999, brother and sister Ahmed and Reem had a vision-to revive the serenity, creativity, and comfort that is inspired by the simple art of tea. Both artistic souls and world explorers, the two siblings have combined their belief in the transcendental properties of tea with their individual passions for photography, art, and culture. The result of this blend was Numi Tea, a refreshing and innovative selection of teas and teasans that awaken the palate, inspire the soul, and gracefully enhance water's unique potential.



The brother and sister duo behind Numi Tea
Ahmed, the master alchemist behind Numi's blends, discovered the calming simplicity of tea and herbal teasans while living in Prague, Czech Republic, where he co-owned and ran two teahouses. A distinguished photographer, Ahmed used his artistic and intuitive nature as a foundation for his innovative and artisan approach to the blending of teas.

Fluent in English, Arabic, French, German and Czech, Ahmed is a citizen of the world; each pot of Numi tea is an amalgamation of his worldly cultural knowledge, his in-depth understanding of teas, and his appreciation for quality.

Ahmed's sister Reem has a background that is almost as diverse as the selection of Numi teas. Before the advent of Numi, Reem, a biomedical engineer, moved to Italy to nurture her artistic aspirations. Reem has exhibited her artwork around the world in San Francisco, New York City, Melbourne, and Florence. But you don't need to be a globetrotter to admire her artwork--Reem's original paintings are also exhibited on each one of Numi's packages. Inspired by her brother's photos and by the meditative nature and timeless essence of tea, Reem painted Numi's artwork using oil on small tin plates, with imagery that evokes a slower, more contemplative way of being. Reem believes that tea, like art, has a universal essence and is a portal for self-reflection.

What started as a dream in Reem's small Oakland apartment moved to a lovely 25,000 squrare-foot space on the Oakland waterfront and has progressed into an exciting and delicious journey. Since its beginning, Numi has carved a distinct path in the U.S. tea world by introducing exotic teas such as Rooibos (Red Tea), Lemon Myrtle, Honeybush, and Dry Desert Lime, and also by offering full-leaf tea in teabags, without added oils or flavorings. Numi continues to pave the way and set new tea trends, most recently with its creation of the hand-sewn and handcrafted "Flowering Teas."


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000FFS0AC
  • UPC: 680692205602
  • Item model number: 20560
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,239 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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By Jack C VINE VOICE on June 9, 2007
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My paternal ancestors were from Hangzhou, and I savor it's native Dragonwell tea with special fondness. Numi is no watered down import, it is as authentic as the local brands.

It's so hard to find truly organic dragonwell tea, as China's still immature market economy is wide open for abuse. Numi's holistic sourcing practices alleviates most of my concerns.

My wish is for them to vacuum pack their teas, as a pound of tea can grow moldy pretty fast in a warehouse or kitchen pantry. (freezing unused tea in airtight containers does the trick). Also, there should be a "Organic" label on the tea if it is organic as the bullet points indicate.

For those new to Dragonwell- I recommend about half a teaspoon in a tea ball or meshed tea pot per 12 oz of water. For those who don't enjoy heavy tannins, pre-brew and stir the leaves in a little hot water for 10-15 seconds before brewing for 5 minutes. Experiment with pre-brew and brew times to find your ideal mix of flavors.

Update- Amazon finally pulled the "Organic" claim from it's description. For a pound of tea, this is still a great deal, but I will look else where when shopping organic.
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I searched extensively online to find good sources of dragon well (longjing) green tea, and bought this Numi bag as well as more expensive tea from Sevencups, Teaspring, and Amazing Green Tea. This Numi tea was the least expensive of everything I bought. You get 16 OUNCES of this for the same price as 30 GRAMS (!) of Jipin grade from Amazing green tea. That's 15 times as much tea for the same price. I only wish it were as good, but the quality is far inferior. The Jipin from Amazing green tea has far more flavor, sweetness, nuttiness, and complexity. It really is amazing. I don't have a horse in this race (I'm just a green tea lover), but wanted to post my review here in case it saved someone else from buying this when it wasn't what they wanted. If you're looking for value and don't care much about flavor, this is fine. A little burnt and bitter, but drinkable. But those seeking a peak experience of what properly picked and pan-roasted green tea can be should search elsewhere.
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This is a very good dragonwell tea. One company, Company A, used to sell their dragonwell for $32 per pound. Now, they have added $20 to that price with no explanation, bringing it to $52 lb. I have purchased more than 20 pounds of it over the years. Another company, Company S, also offers a dragonwell that is close to the same price, though, in my opinion, not as good as Company A's offering. The Numi dragonwell is a great price and made me extremely skeptical. My skepticism was unfounded. This is a superior tea. The leaf is full and the liquor is light, smooth, and slightly sweet and smoky. The only difference I recognize is that Numi does not pack this in a hermetically sealed bag. This means that you should pack it on your own when it arrives. I typically vacuum seal about eight ounces immediately. Aside from that, this is a great introduction to green tea. It is not a typically cheap green tea. Many people are turned off to green because they only tried the low-quality greens. Try this and you will see green in a different way. The price of this allows you to enjoy it often for pleasure and health!
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By G on December 19, 2009
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This is a good intro into whole leaf green tea I think. It's better than bagged green teas I have tried but not as good as some other whole leaf teas I have tried. This is good because people at first will put more leafs in than they need due to never trying whole leaf tea. This tea isn't that strong so new comers wont be turned up by over bitterness when using to many leafs. I find though that some other more expensive whole leaf teas to be a little more robust in flavor. For the price it's worth getting if your not looking to spend $50+ on some other 16oz teas. Due to the fact that this was sitting in a warehouse for a while I would recommend taking 3/4ths of it and putting it in the freezer as it can/ will mold fast if left out. It will take you a while to use up all 16ozs.
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This is an excellent varietal of green tea.
It is mellow with distinctive chestnut flavor.
It is a great introduction to those who are not traditional green tea drinkers, yet want to enjoy the health benefits this type of beverage provides; it lacks the strong grassy essence of gunpowder varietals that many American drinkers dislike.
Numi is the brand to stick with, in my opinion, due to their use of whole tea leaves, ethical business practices, and provided value.
Overall a premium and high quality tea with a pleasing and distinctive taste due to its unique processing of the leaves that protects from oxidation (panfry/steam).
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The entire pack came moldy with a soft white mold. Not sure if where it came from can avoid the US food regulations, but this was bad. Just tossed the bag out. Numi seems to be a pretty popular tea brand, so not sure what happened here. I'll probably try them again in the future, but this was not a good experience.
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The amount of tea you get for the price is pretty good, but from there it goes down hill., I have been a green tea drinker for many years and drink it daily. If you were not carefull in the preperation of this tea it became very bitter. The overall flavor is only fair. Also when I got to the bottom of the bag of tea I found a very long black hair, needless to say, GROSS!
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