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looking for good loose leaf tea in NOVA

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Soup Dec 16, 2007 04:49 PM

Looking for a good loose leaf tea place in NOVA. Been getting the bag stuff at TJ and whole food. Not that great.

More chinese and english teas. Less fan of indian.

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    meimei RE: Soup Dec 16, 2007 06:54 PM

    Wegman's in Sterling has a pretty big tea selection. And they display tins that looks like they have loose tea. Might be worth checking it out. Also any Chinese grocery store should have some loose tea selection. GW in Marrifield, Kim Sum in Annendale, or maybe even Grand Marts.

    1. ktmoomau RE: Soup Dec 17, 2007 06:40 AM

      I had a thread on this maybe a year ago. Wegman's has a pretty good selection and they have somethings at cheaper prices than other places like your basic jasmine pearl green tea, and etc. It is loose leaf and you can scoop as much or as little as you like.

      Teavana in Tyson's has excellent tea.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/438428

      The place mentioned in old town isn't bad. If you can get to the Ten Ren it is very good.

      1. monkeyrotica RE: Soup Dec 17, 2007 07:25 AM

        Russian Gourmet has a good selection of loose teas, although mostly Russian and Chinese.

        http://www.russiangourmet.com/

        Swing's Coffee downtown has a better selection of loose teas. For me, it's worth the trip.

        http://www.swingscoffee.com

        1. ballston01 RE: Soup Dec 17, 2007 11:56 AM

          I get my loose leaf tea from Super H Market, which offers a wide choice of Japanese and Chinese brands of loose-leaf tea -- all sold in in prepackaged plastic, rather than in bulk. My favorite tea is the genmai-cha (brown rice tea) from Maeda-en, a Japanese company.

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          Super H Market
          10780 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

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            sweth RE: Soup Dec 17, 2007 04:39 PM

            I just asked the same thing in another thread; based on the responses there, I went to Old Town Coffee Tea & Spice, and was very happy:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46975...

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              tracy_dc RE: Soup Dec 18, 2007 07:37 AM

              A friend of mine loves the loose tea at Greenberry's which has a few locations in the NOVA area:
              http://www.greenberrys.com/

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                darla1977 RE: Soup Dec 19, 2007 03:04 PM

                Not in nova, but Ching Ching Cha in Georgetown has a great selection of loose leaf tea. Teaism's shop in penn quarter does as well. Or you can buy online and stock up, "the tao of tea," Plymouth tea, or Hou De are good places to start.

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                  jackchowman RE: Soup Jan 2, 2008 04:26 PM

                  Teavana opened recently at the fair oaks mall and they have a store at Tysons 1. Huge selection of loose leaf tea. I really enjoy the green apricot tea.

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                    MizYellowRose RE: Soup Jan 3, 2008 04:01 PM

                    I second Teavana (www.teavana.com). The selection is incredible--it can be hard to choose. The one at Tyson's used to be really busy and chaotic but since they've opened the one in Fair Oaks, the folks at Fair Oaks said that once they opened, the Tyson's one saw a drop of 30% in business. So now it's easier and faster to get in and out of the Tyson's one.

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