Bulk Tea [moved from Boston board]
This really isn't limited to the Boston area but I was wondering if anyone knew of a good tea vendor for loose tea.
I was underwhelmed by the mall tea places and have been using Upton Tea in Hopkinton that I have been pleased with.
Was just curious if anyone knew of others that I should try.
tealuxe and teavana both have huge selections. i also buy loose tea inexpensively in chinatown.
I believe that you are already dealing with the best tea purveyor in the country. Their selection is light years ahead of Tealuxe. I have never bought from MEM or Teavana.
Second the Specialteas recommendation. I think they're in CT so shipping winds up being 1-2 days when you order from Boston area.
Palais des Thes
similar to Upton's, slightly better web site, a few more obscure items, but Upton's I think is probably cheaper on the mainstream stuff.
If you want something local, Teavana is a good choice. There's one in most upscale malls. Another interesting option is the loose tea at Cost Plus World Imports.
Another option for Chinese tea in particular is Ten Ren Tea.
They have stores in NYC, DC (Rockville), LA, San Fran, Chicago, and you can order off their site.