With the rise of veganism, you may be wondering, is tea vegan? Like many of us at teapigs, if you’re someone looking to add more plant based options to their diet or just need to avoid dairy, you’ll be happy to know that yes, generally most tea is vegan!

Most types of tea such as green tea, black tea and fruity infusions, you’ll be able to enjoy without the worry of it containing something that isn't vegan friendly.

Don’t get caught out though, not all tea is vegan. Some types of tea may be processed using animal products or byproducts, such as milk (like in our rooibos crème caramel tea) or honey. These are sometimes added into tea blends to enhance the flavours and sweetness, helping to create an all-round good cuppa.

Almost all of teapigs tea is vegan friendly, the only ones that are not are:

Are tea bags vegan?

Tea bags can be vegan, but it depends on the specific brand and type of tea. Some tea bags are made with non-vegan materials like silk or animal-based adhesives (what?).

However, many tea bags are made with plant-based materials such as paper, cotton, or other natural fibres, which are vegan-friendly. The famous teapigs tea temple is made with cornstarch and paper, which conveniently breaks down in industrial composting within 12 weeks! We recommend you pop your tea temples in your local council food waste collection bins. You can find out more about our packaging and how to dispose of it responsibly here!


Is black tea vegan?

Yes, black tea is typically considered vegan. It does not contain any animal products, and is usually brewed with water and served plain or with a variety of vegan-friendly additives such as plant-based milk or sweeteners.

We have a bunch of yummy vegan black tea options, including the go-to Everyday Brew tea, the floral and zesty Darjeeling Earl Grey, and Chilli Chai, our strong and spicy tea that puts a pep in your step when you’re looking for that fiery kick.

Is Green Tea vegan?

Green tea is made from plant-based ingredients and is considered vegan-friendly. Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which is a type of shrub native to Asia. The leaves are usually harvested, withered, rolled, and then dried to produce green tea.

Some of our green tea options include mao feng green tea, jasmine pearls, and premium matcha green tea. You can find the whole range of teapigs green teas here.

Is Peppermint tea vegan?

Yes! Peppermint tea is made from dried peppermint leaves, making it free from any animal derived ingredients. teapigs peppermint tea is made from 100% pure mint; giving it a strong, refreshing minty taste.

Is Chai tea vegan?

Yes! Traditional chai tea is made by brewing black tea with a blend of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger. Sometimes honey is used as a sweetener after brewing, but if that's not your thing, you can use a little bit of agave nectar or maple syrup instead.

teapigs Chai tea is made with a blend of assam black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom pods, vanilla, natural cinnamon flavour, and other vegan friendly natural flavourings; making it the perfect brew if you’re looking for something a little bit strong and spicy to warm your afternoon.

Is Chamomile tea vegan?

Chamomile tea is made from the dried flowers of the chamomile plant, and does not contain any animal products. Some may add non-vegan ingredients such as honey or milk powder to their blends, but fear not, if you’re looking for a vegan friendly chamomile brew to switch off and unwind, teapigs chamomile tea is the one for you.

We use nothing but pure, whole chamomile flowers, giving you the perfect cup of sweet, juicy chamomile tea!

What is the best vegan milk for tea?

The best vegan milk for tea is largely a matter of personal preference.

Here are some options to consider:

Soy milk: Soy milk is a popular vegan milk option and is often the closest in taste and texture to dairy milk. It has a mild flavour that doesn't overpower the taste of tea. It is so versatile and can be used in a variety of teas, from black tea to herbal teas. It’s relatively easy to find in most grocery stores, win win if you’re not sure where to start!

Almond milk: Almond milk has a slightly nutty flavour and is a good option for those who prefer a thinner, less creamy milk in their tea. It can work pretty well in black tea, but may not be the best choice for herbal teas as the flavour can be too strong.

Oat milk: Oat milk has a slightly sweet flavour and creamy texture, it’s a great option for those who are allergic to nuts or soy too. It can work well in most types of tea, but may not be the best option for very delicate teas such as herbal tea and fruit tea as it can be slightly thicker than other types of milk.

Coconut milk: Coconut milk has a rich, creamy texture and a slightly sweet flavour that can be a great addition to certain teas, especially chai and other spiced teas. It might not be the best option for delicate teas as the flavour can be a little overpowering.

Cashew milk: Cashew milk has a rich, slightly nutty flavour that can complement certain teas. It adds a creamy texture to tea without changing the flavour profile too much, a perfect option for the black tea lovers.

Ultimately, the best vegan milk for tea will depend on your individual taste preferences and the type of tea you are drinking. It's always a good idea to try a few different options, experimenting with the amount of milk you put in your tea, and seeing which one you prefer!

Can raw vegans drink tea?

Raw vegans follow a diet that consists of primarily uncooked, whole, plant-based foods. While the specifics of raw veganism can vary, most raw vegans avoid consuming processed or cooked foods and instead opt for fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant-based foods in their natural, raw state.

Whether or not raw vegans can drink tea depends on their individual dietary choices and beliefs. Some raw vegans choose to consume herbal teas or other types of tea made from raw plant materials, such as chamomile tea or peppermint tea. These teas are generally considered to be raw-friendly as they are made from unprocessed, natural ingredients.

However, some raw vegans choose to avoid tea altogether, as it is typically processed and may contain additives or flavourings that do not align with their dietary choices. Ultimately, the decision to include tea in a raw vegan diet is up to the individual and their specific beliefs and dietary restrictions.

If you are a raw vegan and are considering drinking tea, we may have just the thing for you:

teapigs premium matcha green tea - our super-concentrated green tea powder that's packed with antioxidants and nutrients. This can be enjoyed cold with juice, water or even as a iced latte.

jasmine pearls tea - brewed at 80°, our pearls are delicate, light, floral and refreshing.

tung ting oolong tea - brewed at 80°, this tea is aromatic and flowery.

silver tips white tea - brewed at 80°, this tea is refreshing and light, as all good white tea should be.

popcorn tea - aka genmaicha tea, is best brewed at 80°. It offers a toasted nutty flavour and is a firm favourite in the teapigs office.

green tea with mint tea- it is what is says on the *tin* pack! Brew at 80°.

green tea with peach tea - brew at 80° for a light and fruity green tea.

mao feng green tea - brewed at 80°, this green tea is for people that don’t like green tea.