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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions we receive about Numi. 

What does the name Numi mean?

Numi was named after the steeped dried desert lime tea that our founders, Ahmed Rahim and Reem Hassani, drank in their early childhood in Baghdad, Iraq. The full name of the lime is numi basrah. There are many other uses and translations of the word numi in various languages and cultures throughout the world.

How long has Numi been in business?

Numi was founded in Oakland, California in 1999.

Where can I find Numi teas?

You can check out our store locator to see where you can find Numi teas in your area. You can also find us at most major grocers across the country (Whole Foods, Safeway, Sprouts, Ralphs) as well as our own online store or Happy steeping & sipping!

Are Numi teas organic?

All of Numi’s products are certified organic. We are committed to sourcing only the highest quality organic teas from farms we have known and partnered with for years. Additionally, we require laboratory testing for all of our teas and each purchase we make is accompanied by a Certificate of Analysis verifying that the teas and herbs meet our quality requirements. Our suppliers are also subject to random and annual inspections to verify organic and Fair Trade/Fair Labor practices.

How does Numi ensure Fair Trade and Fair Labor practices?

Numi participates in third-party certification programs, audited annually for compliance, to ensure fair wages, safe working conditions, and community benefits for the farmers that grow our tea. All of Numi’s teas, and most of our products, are either Fair Trade or Fair Labor certified. Look for the Fair Trade CertifiedTM or Verified Fair LaborTM seal on our packaging as a guarantee that rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards were upheld in the making of your product.

Are Numi teas gluten free?

Yes, all Numi Teas are gluten free. Our teas are packaged in facilities and on machines that do not process or work with gluten.

Are Numi teas Non-GMO Verified?

Yes, all of Numi’s teas are Non-GMO Verified.

Are Numi teas kosher or Halal certified?

Yes, Numi teas are both kosher and Halal certified.

How many milligrams of caffeine are in Numi teas?

We are asked all the time how many milligrams of caffeine are in a particular cup of tea, and the honest answer is: we don’t know for sure! The environment each year, location of the bush, processing style and method of steeping all has an effect on the amount in your cup. This is why we only provide a range. We use the lower, medium, and high caffeine labeling on our packages based on past tests and the proportion of tea to ingredients in each blend. A 6 to 8 ounce cup of tea generally contains between 15 and 70 milligrams of caffeine. Remember, 8 ounces of brewed coffee has a range of 95-200mg, so you can be sure that your cup of tea will always be lower in caffeine.

What are Numi’s teabags made of?

Our teabags are compostable and made from manila hemp cellulose (plant fiber). They are Non-GMO Verified, unbleached, and the tag is made from 100% recycled materials and soy-based inks. Our tea strings are made from cotton.

Are Numi’s tea bag wrappers recyclable or compostable?

Numi’s tea bag wrappers* are commercially compostable (ASTM D6868 compliant/3rd party certification in progress). They are made from sustainably grown FSC® certified paper, and lined with sugarcane-based Non-GMO PLA and metalized eucalyptus layers to ensure freshness. Our plant-based wrappers have been tested to make sure they completely disintegrate and cause no eco-toxicity when they break down. You can compost the wrappers with any municipal or industrial service that accepts green waste (throw them in your green can). Unfortunately, due to the compostable freshness lining, the wrappers are not recyclable.

*with the exception of Gunpowder Green, Jasmine Green, and Sweet Slumber

Does Numi ever donate tea?

For all donation and sponsorship requests, please email us at

Do you offer samples or free coupons?

We’re not running any free coupons or sampling programs at the moment, but please feel free to check back with us in a couple of months to see if we have any new samples or coupons to offer. You can receive 15% off your purchase from Numi by subscribing to our newsletter at the bottom of this page!

Are Numi teas available in Canada?

Many Canadian groceries stores carry our tea. Please feel free to contact us for a list of Canadian distributors who can provide you with more detailed store information. We do not ship to Canada from our online store, but and are great options for online ordering and shipping within Canada.

Are Numi teas available internationally?

For international wholesale inquiries please contact us. You can find information about our EU products at We do not ship internationally from our online store, but is a great option for online ordering and shipping to over 185 countries.

I’m an influencer/brand that wants to collaborate with you — who do I reach out to?

Thanks for your interest! From time to time, Numi collaborates with likeminded brands and partners on projects we feel passionate about. Feel free to send your media kit or partnership request to

Have your recipes changed since your packaging refresh?

Although our brand has a new look, our ingredients, blends and recipes have not changed.