Thursday, March 8, 2018


What about a tea tasting?

At TEA TOTAL this is something we offer all our customers.  With space for up to 12 people at the tasting table in our purpose built tea tasting room in our Concept Store at 5 Apollo Drive on the North Shore of Auckland, it is a great way to learn more about this beverage.

To learn more watch the short video clip below and click here to get your seat at the table.

Monday, December 11, 2017


Watch Anna Salek - New Zealand's original Tea Lady - show you just how easy it is to make a tea tonic this summer!

Visit: to learn more and to get started with your tea tonics in time for summer!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


We have been working on making Tea Jellies here at TEA TOTAL.  Not going to get in to too much detail in words - but we do recommend watching Anna Salek [New Zealand's Tea Lady] in this short video to learn a little more about how to make yours.  It is SO easy!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


With so many teapot shapes, colours and materials. How do you know what to buy?

Anna Salek - owner and founder of TEA TOTAL - has put together a video that will guide you through the selection process. While not a teapot collector herself (except for the last couple on the video) Anna has had the opportunity to test various teapots over the last 20+ years.

Anna's experience might save you a little time and money if you are looking to acquire a teapot for your tea drinking pleasure.

To find out more about our range visit TEA TOTAL's online store.

Enjoy the clip and feel free to leave your comments below.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


There is a depth and variety to black tea that most people have not explored.

The Tealady herself, Anna Salek, has curated a selection as fine examples of black tea from different countries and growing regions.
Each one distinct, each one best in class.

Whether you drink your tea weak or strong, with or without milk, you are assured of enjoying this selection.

This is a sample tin for the tea connoisseur who truly appreciates a quality tea and can be added to your cart here: Black Tea is Beautiful

Watch the video below for more information:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Anna Salek - owner and founder of TEA TOTAL - talks about the Queen of Teas - Darjeeling.

For more information and to get yours please visit and add the Queen of Teas to your range now.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Recently Bevan Lynch of TEA TOTAL was interviewed on New Zealand's Radio Live by Max Whitehead - talking about all things tea.

Below is the link to the audio of the interview - just click on the image to have a listen.

Bevan Lynch in the Radio Live studio

It was just a fun conversation about tea and the trends we see happening in the market place.  Talking about tea is one thing.  But enjoying your favourite brew is an entirely different matter.

Enjoy your cuppa and if you need topping up - you know where to go ;)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

About GABA Oolong

What is it about GABA Oolong?

Research shows that GABA tea (GABA an acronym for gamma-Aminobutyric acid) was created in Japan and refers to tea that has undergone an oxygen-free fermentation process. Once fermented this way the tea leaves accumulated and stored GABA.

Starting in 1984 Tojiro Tsushida and his collaborators from the then MAFF National Research Institute of Tea (now the National Institute of Vegetables and Tea Science) successfully produced a new type of tea where all the glutamic acid had been converted to GABA without changing the catechin or caffeine content.

Through fermenting green tea for 6 to 10 hours in an oxygen-free environment (instead Nitrogen was used) they found that GABA accumulated in the tea leaves.

The experiment was then rolled out to include oolong and black tea and the same result occurred in so far as the accumulation of GABA was concerned.

Outside of the chemical processes involved to produce this GABA rich product, the recorded benefits have been identified as follows:

  • Reduction in hypertension
  • Improved sleep
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Among many other benefits.

TEA TOTAL have two types of GABA Oolong tea available:

For even more information watch this video to find out more:

Monday, February 20, 2017


What is it about being a brand ambassador?

If I put my consumer hat on, being awarded/gifted/given the title of 'Brand Ambassador' for any brand recognizes me as a 'super-customer' of sorts and someone who is an advocate of the brand or product.

When I put my TEA TOTAL hat on and in the context of our Brand Ambassador campaign for 2017 the rationale is no different from what I mention above.  It is about rewarding, recognizing and supporting our 'super-customers' and 'super-fans' in what they are already doing: Sharing the love of tea and in particular, the TEA TOTAL brand of tea.

In 2017 recipients of the title TEA TOTAL Brand Ambassador 2017 will enjoy:

  • 20% discount on their purchases online and instore for 12 months
  • 6 free sample teas delivered to their door every month - each month a set of different teas
  • A designer teapot as part of their welcome pack
  • By virtue of the above, the recipients will also enjoy bragging rights - because it is all about bragging rights!
If you think you are a Brand Ambassador and just need to be awarded the title to make it official - apply now.  Hit this link:  [All the relevant details you will find there].

We look forward to reviewing your application and thank you for sharing the #tealove


Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Whether you drink black teas, green teas or an array of herbals, pyramids are great as travel companions or for making Tea Tonics. 

Have a look at these two short videos and you'll understand why pyramid bags have become so popular.

Pyramid Tea Bags and Tea Tonics...

Pyramid Tea Bags... the truth.

Get your versatile and convenient pyramid tea bags at Tea Total online now.