Latest News from D&B's World of Indulgence



SALES Catalog - Accessories

Get ready for BLACK FRIDAY and the upcoming holiday season by taking advantage of huge savings on our discontinued accessories - valid only as long as stock lasts!

Enjoy the bargain hunt!

Winter Special

The days are slowly getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping - time to plan ahead for the cold season! Take another look at this year's Winter Special. We have put together a colorful mix of many new, classic as well as tempting winter tea creations for you to choose from.

Teas and samples are available now!

Take your pick or simply try them all. We will stock these teas all winter long, so you and your customer can stay warm and cozy!

Enjoy browsing through our winter special and start looking forward to the cold days to come!

Wellness Catalog

With Fall fast approaching, so are shorter days and colder temperatures. Now is a great time to start working on a good wellness routine, to get you through the cooler seasons ahead!

Have you seen our Wellness catalog? It contains some exclusive items only listed in this catalog which you can’t find in our main catalog. Teas as well as accessories. Have another look, or request a copy of the catalog (hardcopies are available too). You might find your new Wellness favorite in there.
Samples are of course available too, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Working with trendy ingredients like Manuka Honey, Aloe Vera and Guayusa, our team of expert blenders were able to harmonize diverse ingredients and deliver compelling alternatives to your daily cup (or cups) of tea!

Browse through the catalog right here, online! Such a deep and wide range of flavors await your taste buds in this collection of new blends and bestsellers from our main catalog. Try them all and experience tea like never before!

Essential Oils Tea Range

Allow us to introduce our new Essential Oils Tea Range made from pure, high-grade organic ingredients and undiluted essential organic oils.

The word “essential” means “significant”, “substantial”, “elementary” and “necessary”. This is exactly where we drew our inspiration from along with the equally important aspect of sustainability. Experience pure indulgence, consciously breathe in the tea’s vapor rising from the cup and get to know Citrus Lemon, Citrus Bergamia, Mentha Piperita, Eucalytus Globulus, Citrus Sinensis, Lavendula Hybrida, Citrus Reticulata and Citrus Aurantifolia in a very pure, special and essential way. 

Let these good vibes last throughout the whole day!

Darjeeling First Flush 2020 – Now Available!

Just before the shutdown in India, we were able to secure some very excellent first flush Darjeelings. We are delighted to announce that they are now arriving in our Hamburg warehouse and we are ready to take your special orders for express delivery to the US!

*** Please order by JULY 3rd, 2020, for mid-July delivery! ***
Limited quantities available!

Supply of first class Darjeelings will be very limited this year due to the long shutdown in the origin and prices are expected to be higher for the few good batches that were produced before there was a complete standstill.

However, we can also report some good news concerning the first flush season 2020. The prevailing weather conditions were ideal, there was sufficient precipitation in the weeks prior to the harvest and it was only marginally cooler in some regions. The quality of the teas we received from the selected plantations is just like we hoped for. 

Look forward to enjoying your first cup of freshly picked Darjeeling this year!

U.S. - China Tariff reductions

We have good news to share! As you may be aware, the 15% tariff on Chinese origin teas has been reduced.

Our company has felt these reductions in our tea imports. Therefore, we are happy to inform you that as of May 1, 2020, our original tariff price increase of 13.64% on China teas and tea blends will be reduced by half.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

At Dethlefsen & Balk, the health, safety and well-being of our customers, friends and community is always our top priority. Like you, we have been continually monitoring the developments concerning the COVID-19 virus.
Please click below to read our statement.


New Address & Phone Numbers!

We have some exciting news to share with you!

On March 2, 2020, Dethlefsen & Balk, Inc. started operating business from our new office in downtown Chicago.

We will maintain our warehouse and logistical operations in Aurora. This is an exciting new chapter in D&B history, and we anticipate a bright future in one of America’s finest cities.

Come join us for a cup of tea in the Windy City!


Dethlefsen & Balk, Inc.
525 W. Monroe St., Suite #2360
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: (312) 628 – 8917
(Main Number)

Fax: (312)-628-8924

1005 N. Commons Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504


U.S. vs. China Tariffs

You have most certainly followed the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, resulting in new tariffs that will now also affect you and us in our daily business.

The imposed U.S. - China tariffs have greatly increased the cost of accessories produced in China and Chinese teas coming into the U.S.
Therefore we are, unfortunately, forced to adjust our prices on select teas and accessories affected by the tariffs. As much as we would like to, we simply cannot absorb all of these additional costs.

Please contact your Account Manager for more detailed information concerning the individual product ranges.

We sincerely hope that the tariffs will not continue to increase and we will not need to apply further tariff related price increases. We here at D&B, along with you, are hoping that the tariffs will be lifted very soon. In the meantime, rest assured that we will do everything we can to continue to offer you highly competitive prices, and that you will still be receiving the high quality products you have always received from Dethlefsen & Balk.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Organic Teas

We would like to draw your attention to some important changes that the USDA has made concerning the declaration of organic teas that took effect on December 27th, 2019. 

Before, the USDA National Organics Program (NOP) and the European Commission acknowledged each others' organic certifications based on the Organics Equivalency Arrangement. This ended when the new NOP ruling concerning flavors used in organic teas took effect on December 27th, 2019!

Starting December 27th, any flavored organic tea may no longer be declared as 100% organic or carry the USDA organic seal if it is made with natural flavoring that by itself is not certified organic. These teas now fall under the new category “made with organic ingredients” and must be declared as such.

Fortunately, this affects only 10 of our flavored organic tea blends and we are currently working hard to be able to offer you flavored organic alternatives very soon. Please find a list of the teas affected below. 

If you carry any of these flavored organic teas, please be sure to change their label from "organic" to "made with organic ingredients" as of December 27th, 2019.

All of our 48 unflavored teas are not affected by this change in regulation and can continue to be labeled as organic as well as carry the USDA organic seal.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions on this topic.

List of teas affected:
21151 - 21202 - 24881 - 21152 - 24885 - 22668 - 22125 - 28886 - 22926 - 21058

Webshop Optimization

With a new and refreshed look, our website is a tool for your growing business at all hours of the day. Access product information, review your account history, place orders and browse our catalog at your own convenience.

We value our customer relationships above all else, and you can always contact Silvia, Susan, Drue and Peter for any assistance you need. Please also see the FAQ section (Frequently Asked Questions) on our website for further help.

Whether you call, email or send us your orders through our new website, you can count on the D&B team to be your dedicated partner in tea!

D&B in Taiwan

In mid-September 2018, a few of D&B’s finest — both from Chicago and Hamburg, Germany — went on a trip to Taiwan to experience the process of growing, harvesting, and tasting teas from various plantations first hand.

NEW 2019/2020 CATALOG!!!

We are delighted to announce that our brand new catalog is now available online and will arrive at your doorstep shortly! Please contact us if you have not received our catalog yet or browse through our online catalog!