Yes we do!
On request, we can send you a sample when you order tea online with us. Please let us know if there is a specific tea would like to try from the range.
We do this because discerning tea drinkers often like to try a tea out for themselves before ordering it.
Let’s say you order 50 grams of genmaicha and you’re also curious about matcha. We would love it if you ordered a 30 gram pack of matcha too. But if you’re not quite ready for that, we can usually provide a small sample pack of your “curiosi-tea” (in this example, matcha) at no extra cost.
So reach out and leave us a message when you place an order with us.
How much do you charge for shipping?
- We charge a low flat rate of $5 per delivery within Australia (minimum order: $25). Orders of $80 or more automatically receive free shipping
- To send outside Australia the shipping charge is set at AU$10 flat rate (minimum order: AU$25). We are thrilled when we receive orders from across the world, and promise to serve you efficiently no matter where you are
At certain times of year, subscribers to our mailing list will receive a coupon code that allows free shipping or a cart discount. And that’s a great reason to join!
Get in touch if you’re keen to order a special aged Pu’er cake or sample of a cake. We have access to a lot of unique and interesting teas.
Why are you only offering a limited number of teas?
There is an incredible bounty of teas to be found across southern China, Taiwan and Japan.
We provide a boutique store experience where you can purchase only the best quality teas. As we are constantly sourcing exceptional teas, we will periodically announce a selection of new arrivals. So while we don’t stock everything all at once, there’s a very good chance we will have something for you in the near future. You can order tea online from us now, or simply subscribe and stay tuned!
Any advice for people starting out on their own tea journey?
Be open to trying new teas! Nurturing an open mind and a playful presence will definitely help enhance your experience of tea.
You may not care about the farming and processing techniques that go into making tea, but it helps to connect to the source, that is, to know where the tea comes from, understand seasonal variations in teas, and to sample and taste as much tea as you want without it costing the earth.
You might want to read on…
What teas should I drink for my health?
All teas have health benefits, but certain green teas like matcha are especially high in anti-oxidants because you are ingesting the leaf, not just “drinking tea.” Check out our straightforward guide, the Top 10 Essential Health Benefits of Tea. It has a particular emphasis on green and oolong teas.
What is special about your Japanese green teas?
Crucially, the leaves are shade-grown for two to three weeks before harvest. This technique is a hallmark of tea cultivation in the Uji valley, Kyoto. Large cloths cover the plants, forcing them to produce more chlorophyll and amino acids. The result is a superior-tasting tea with delicious savoury notes (umami).
Is oolong tea like green tea?
Not really! It’s true that the raw material for both oolong and green teas is Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, the most common variety of tea leaf. But the difference is in the processing. Oolong is between green and black on that spectrum. Oolong processing is complex and lengthy, involving many steps. This blog post has more on the topic.
What is raw/unfermented Pu’er?
Raw Pu’er tea is produced in Yunnan, southwest China using a broad-leaf subspecies known as Camellia sinensis var. assamica. These broad-leaf tea plants are abundant in mountainous southern Yunnan. Pu’er tea is named after the town of Pu’er, a crucial link in the Ancient Tea Horse Road.
After picking, dry-roasting and rolling, the leaves are sun-dried to retain some enzyme activity. Raw Pu’er is designed to age naturally and improve over several years. That’s why purchasing a Pu’er cake is a long-term investment. This whole process, together with the unique microflora of the region, help give Pu’er tea its unique characteristics.
These teas retain a slight level of bitterness in the mouth, but finish with a lingering sweetness.
An ageing raw tea that has fermented naturally over many years is indeed a thing of rare beauty.
Just as the quest for the Holy Grail was the greatest adventure of the King Arthur Legends, the search for naturally fermented raw Pu’er tea that has aged over a long period of time, and sharing it with others, is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
What is ripe/post-fermented Pu’er tea?
The process for obtaining ripe Pu’er tea is slightly longer than for raw Pu’er teas.
Ripe Pu’er tea (shou cha) is produced via a wet-piling process, which artificially ferments the tea leaves in a relatively short period of time (around 45 days, sometimes more).
All the artificially fermented teas have been hygienically produced to ensure that there is no harmful microbiotic activity in them.
Both are made with the same plants (the Camellia sinensis assamica subspecies) that provide us with Pu’er tea. As you’d expect, the process is different. Yunnan black tea are fully oxidized (so that the leaves turn dark brown), while Yunnan white tea is made with early spring buds. It’s lightly processed.
Where does your passion for tea come from?
We are passionate about the healing properties and health benefits of tea to energize and uplift the mind and body.
Brewing tea obviously involves technique, knowledge, theory and practice, techniques that result in deeper, satisfying flavours and aromas, something that’s more than what you started with, but we are in a way the antithesis of certified tea masters.
Of course we have standards, but they have less to do with “bad” methods or “faulty” technique in brewing tea, for example, than with finding ways to connect people, friends, and total strangers with the humble tea leaf.
The main reason, if not the reason for making or brewing tea is simple: to make people happy. For more on how Cloud Nine Teas got started, please go here.
What else should I know about ordering from Cloud Nine Teas?
We also stock some fantastic tea wares from Japan and Taiwan. Many of our Japanese tea wares are genuine late twentieth century vintage items.
If you have a question about our teas or tea wares or how to order tea online with us, please contact me, Damien, right here.