For years I was able to purchase boxes of instant tea called Tea n' Spice (I
think that was the name) at Cost Plus. It came in a brown cardboard box
with black lettering and was made in San Francisco. It also came in loose
black tea form. The tea had a strong cinnamon flavor and smell. Cost Plus
has not carried it for over a year now and doesn't know where or even if it
is available anymore. I have searched everywhere online and so far, unable
to find it. Does anyone have a source for this tea? I'm down to my last
few spoonfuls. Thanks.
Thank you so much. Yes, I'm pretty sure it was the San Francisco Tea
Company's tea. That's why I remember it was from SF. :) I checked your
link, but didn't note the Tea n' Spice listed. I will contact them and see
if it's still available at their store. I live down in the South Bay so can
drive there if necessary. It was cinnamon flavored and fragranced, but I
think it also had some orange oil in it. The bulk tea was made from orange
pekoe. The instant tea was a light brown powder. I hope I can still get it
somewhere. Thanks to your suggestion, I finally have a lead!
Shucks, I'm on the phone with SF Herb Company. They are not the same as SF
Tea and have never carried Tea n' Spice. After being transferred to their
information man, it seems, there never was a SF Tea Co per se. The name was
just inferred on the packaging. The tea was probably made by East India
Trading Co in San Leandro, which is now defunct. So I guess I am out of
On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 21:17:11 -0600, Stephen Cadwell
tripped the light fantastic, then quipped:
Market Spice Tea (with natural spices, flavored with cinnamon, orange
peel, and essential oils) isn't made in San Francisco, but originates
from the Pike Place Market in Seattle. It comes in brown cardboard
with black lettering...could this be what you seek? Here's a link:
When I saw their Orange Spice, I bought it. I could swear that the Cost
Plus was the same as the bulk tea.
I served the Cost Plus version at my wedding, and it was pretty popular. So
I have fond associations with it.
Ah, well, I guess you could always write Cost Plus!
Hey, I think you hit the jackpot!
I have had this, and always assumed it was the same as the tea I used to buy
in the (lined) cloth bags called Orange Spice. I am thrilled that you found
this. Here's the link to their own, soon-to-be-website.
Thanks so much, Tee.
Who can't wait to place an order tomorrow.
On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 06:25:10 GMT, "Christeana M"
tripped the light fantastic, then quipped:
You're quite welcome, Christina. I lived just outside Seattle for
three years, and Market Spice Tea is famous there, as well as being
well know all over the states. I don't care for it, personally, but
I've heard many extoll its virtues. I'm glad I could help you find
your tea. Enjoy!
Thank you to everyone. After a lot more searching all over the net,
emailing, and calling I have finally found a couple of sources for the tea
that I was looking for. It's name was actually: TN Spice, which was carried
at Cost Plus. TN Spice Company is in San Leandro CA and is part of a whole
family of companies: East India Tea and Coffee LTD, JBR Gourmet Foods Inc.,
Rogers Family Coffee, and SF Bay Coffee, and probably more. I'm not sure
which one is the parent company but they are all there at: 1933 Davis St.
San Leandro CA 94577 510 638-1300. They have no retail outlets for the tea
in CA at this time, although if you can get a store to call their sales rep
and order it, they will be happy to oblige. But they do have a web site:
(this is the order page for the instant tea) I just ordered 7 boxes (one
for a friend). If you place a minimum order of $25, shipping is free. It's
The other source for this tea online is via the Lake Superior Trading Post
in MN at:
By email with them through Eric I was able to find out the name of the
company who manufactures the tea and found out that they have filled several
orders from Californians who have been unable to find it here anymore. They
charge $4.50/box. Shipping is $6 for any order amount from their site.
They carry lots of things besides tea.
I spoke a long time with a rep at the SF Herb Co. He says there have been
lots of companies who carry a cinnamon orange tea. Most are flavored with a
synthetic cinnamon oil that came from Belgium (I think) or at least
somewhere in Europe, but it was explosive, and became difficult or even
illegal to import. In any case, there must still be numerous companies with
their own special blend of this flavored tea. I'm just so happy to have
found the one that I have always bought.
site also carries it in the bulk tea form and plan
to carry some of their products on amazon.com. For those of you who are not
familiar with their instant tea---- it's a fine powder that dissolves
instantly in hot water, has no sugar, but seems sweet, and tastes like red
hots when you make it strong enough, which is how I like it. I have an
instant hot water dispenser. It is so convenient. Just a couple mounded
spoonfuls (years ago they enclosed a plastic ¼ tsp measuring spoon in each
bag which I use :) ) in a mug, then add the water and it doesn't even
need to be stirred! The bulk form tastes the same.
Anyway, I hope this helps if anyone was looking for this tea too!
Thank you all for chasing this down. Since Cost Plus was purchased by Bed Bath and Beyond, I have been looking for "Tea N Spice" tea. When I would ask at the stores, people would look at me like I'd lost my mind. I used the loose leaf tea for years. The formulation of all the spices made it tasty enough that no sugars were needed. LOVED it both hot and iced.