Tea Swap

TEASWAPBANNEROne of the first things you’ll learn when you get to know me is that I love tea. I have a mini tea bazaar in a pull-out drawer of my office and a whole cabinet dedicated to tea and mugs in my home. It is easy to accumulate tea in my deep cupboards and have jars and tins pushed into the dark, dusty corners.

In an effort to keep my tea stash rotating and to try new teas, I looked around for tea swaps that I could participate in. The few I found seem to be inactive or strict about membership requirements. After polling facebook friends, I decided to create one myself!

A Tea Swap is a great way to try new teas, clean out your cupboard, re-discover teas you own, and meet new people. It’s also a great piece of snail mail during this digital age. Who doesn’t love coming home to a surprise in a mailbox?

Using Foodie Penpals as inspiration for the framework, this is how it will work: (This process may change and evolve over time)

  • Fill out the Tea Swap Participation form below by the end of the July to be included in August.
  • Each month the form will reset so you’ll need to sign up again.
  • You will be informed of your Tea Penpal via e-mail (you get a new buddy each time you participate). Please reach out to your penpal and get their mailing address as well as any specific preferences they may have.
  • Send out your Tea Penpal Package by the 15th of the following month (July 15th in this case). Your package should consist of:
    • At least two (2) different types of teas
    • At least four (4) servings of tea
    • Something handwritten (this can be a note, an explanation of the tea, a recipe idea, etc)
    • Hint: ask your penpal if they prefer loose-leaf (“naked”) teas, or tea bags
  • If you have a website, twitter, or even instagram account, feel free to share the love using #teaswap, #teapenpal, or #sipdown

Let’s Get Swapping! You  have until May 31st to complete the form.


Participation Form – July/August

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  1. Dinia says:

    I am in my mid 20’s and I first fell in love with tea when I was twelve. I believe it all begin with my grandmother, she only believed in natural home remedies,so anything herbal was her first choice. At a young age I was taught to only drink natural waters, such as watermelon, melon,etc. made at home, and if you happen to be sick grandma’ was the first person you visited. Those up bringing have stuck with me, and now, all you will ever catch me drinking is water, natural waters, or tea 🙂

  2. leslie thane says:

    I am 33 and love all types of tea. I am excited to do the swap. I love trying new teas. Thank you all for having me.

  3. melesai says:

    Would like to join the tea swap

  4. Gray Weaver says:

    Hey I am a 14 year old and I love tea!! I want to do a tea swap so then I can try new teas and so I am not always drinking the same thing. Hope I can swap with some of you!!!!!

  5. Chris Jorgenson says:

    I would like to join the tea swap.

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