It is hard to compare the prices of Teavana and Adagio across the board, because the companies stock somewhat different teas. But there are a few types of teas where a very similar tea is carried by both companies.
- Golden Monkey - Adagio's version of this tea is $17 for 3 ounces, whereas Teavana's is $18.50 for only 2 ounces. In this case, Teavana is considerably more expensive.
- English Breakfast - Adagio's is $12 for 3 ounces, Teavana's is $3.80 for 2 ounces. In this case, Adagio is more expensive
- Gyokuro (A high-end Japanese Green Tea) - Adagio and Teavana come very close on this offering, with Adagio's at $39 for 4 ounces and Teavana at $40 for 4 ounces.
Although it is tempting to expect that Teavana is more expensive, this is not necessarily the case. When comparing similar teas side-by-side, Teavana is sometimes more expensive, but is sometimes cheaper.
But what about selection?
The selections of Teavana and Adagio are quite different. Teavana's selection is heavily skewed towards blends, especially blends of tea with many other ingredients (including mate, rooibos, and various caffeine-free herbs), whereas Adagio is a clear leader in pure, single-origin teas. Adagio has far more selection among oolong teas, and slightly larger selections of pure white and pure green teas. Since I tend to prefer single-origin pure teas, I definitely prefer Adagio's selection to Teavana's.