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Where to Buy Mariage Freres Tea

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Wendy_san Jul 25, 2008 08:26 AM

Anyone know where on the Peninsula, South Bay, or SF I can buy tins of Mariage Freres tea (specifically the Marco Polo blend)? I used to buy it at Dyptique on Maiden Lane, but that has closed. Also have purchased it at Dean & Deluca in St. Helena, but that's too far to go for now. I've never had luck finding it in stores like Draeger's, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, etc., but haven't looked real recently. Buying online is much more expensive from what I can tell. Thanks for any tips.

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    Pinkster Dec 16, 2008 10:44 AM

    Just a quick Mariage update - WS at Hillsdale only carries Marco Polo and Darjeeling. I ended up driving to the Pasta Shop in Berkeley to get what I was looking for, although my blend (Earl Grey French Blue) was not sold loose so I had to ante up for the tin ($21.75). I also saw lots of Mariage at Gump's in SF where they sell it by the tin ($3 more than Pasta Shop). The upside at Gump's is that they also had a selection of MF accessories like teapots and silver spoons.

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      Melanie Wong Dec 16, 2008 12:14 PM

      Thanks for posting this sighting. It's been ages since I've been in Gump's. Does it have much of a specialty food section?

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      Pasta Shop
      5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

      Gump's
      135 Post St, San Francisco, CA

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        Pinkster Dec 16, 2008 03:53 PM

        Alas, like Neiman's, the Gump's gourmet food section seems to have shrunk in recent years. They have a selection of teas including Kushmi (sp?), some boxed chocolates and candies, and fancy decorated cookies (Eleni's?) - but not a lot beyond that.

        On an unrelated note, it's a sure sign of recession when Gump's is discounting all their holiday decorations and gifty items by 25%!

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          hong_kong_foodie Mar 2, 2009 02:55 PM

          You can also get it now from Paulettes Macarons in Hayes Valley:

          http://paulettemacarons.com/

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      Wendy_san Jul 28, 2008 04:51 PM

      I want to say thank you to everyone for their suggestions. I did end up buying the Marco Polo loose tea in a tin at the Williams-Sonoma at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo today. They charge $17 (no tax) per can, which isn't unreasonable. I also called the W-S at Stanford Shopping Center, but they said they didn't carry any Mariage-Freres tea there.

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        singleguychef Aug 12, 2008 10:41 AM

        I think the Pasta Shop over on the East Bay charges $22 a can, so you got a deal! :)

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          Pei Nov 20, 2008 07:58 AM

          $17 is not bad for the can. The plus about the Pasta Shop is you can forego the can and buy the tea by the ounce in bags. You don't get the packaging, but you can buy as little or much as you want and it's s dignificant discount.

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        Jeff Jul 27, 2008 04:47 PM

        Perhaps Peche Mignon on Clement b/n 2d and 3d?

        http://www.pechemignon.com/

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          wolfe Jul 27, 2008 05:15 PM

          Their web site says "Teas coming soon". Have they arrived yet?

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            Jeff Jul 27, 2008 05:50 PM

            Sorry, don't know. Heard about the place from my wife, but haven't been. A quick call ought to do, though. Good luck.

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              Kim Cooper Jul 29, 2008 04:10 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions about the French tea. I'll check around. I didn't know about any of those places.

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              Pei Nov 20, 2008 07:57 AM

              Peche Mignon carries Palais du The teas, but not Mariages Freres. They sell maybe half a dozen varieties, but if you're willing to buy more than a few bags of one flavor the owner will order it for you.

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            Kim Cooper Jul 26, 2008 09:51 PM

            French teas can be pretty hard to get. Recently, our teens brought back some Earl Grey from Paris that's the best I've ever had. We can't find it, not even on the web, except on a French site, in French, that wouldn't honor our credit card.
            It's a company called Compagnie Coloniale. Anyone know how we can get more without going to Paris? Or, failing that, is anyone going to Paris soon that could bring some back for us?

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              walker Jul 27, 2008 03:51 AM

              You should give Made in France a call to see if they can stock it. Have you ever been to their warehouse sales in Brisbane? Their website is www.levillage.com. If they cannot stock it they may have some ideas for you.

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              rln Jul 25, 2008 08:31 PM

              The bakery in Cal Mart, Sweet Things (I'm pretty sure it's called) carries it, I believe. Located in Laurel Village.

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                lnnsteve Aug 12, 2008 10:29 AM

                I second Sweet Things Bakery in Cal Mart. I buy my Mariage Freres - Marco Polo blend there regularly. I can highly recommend their key lime pie as well!

              2. norjah Jul 25, 2008 09:50 AM

                Dandelion on Potrero sells a wide selection of Mariage Freres Tea. It is a wonderful little housewares store across from DWR.

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                Dandelion
                55 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, CA

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                  dreamsicle Jul 25, 2008 07:58 PM

                  I've gotten it at the Williams-Sonoma in Union Square recently.

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                    PekoePeony Jul 27, 2008 11:43 PM

                    I second Dandelion. They have a pretty large selection of Mariage Freres tea, including Marco Polo.

                  2. wolfe Jul 25, 2008 08:34 AM

                    I buy mine at the Pasta Shop 4th St Berkeley.

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                      cyleater Jul 25, 2008 10:56 AM

                      The Pasta Shop definitely has that blend. They also sell other blends by the 1/4 lb, which is nice.

                      Also, I saw it recently at the Williams Sonoma stores in SF and in Corte Madera.

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                        wolfe Jul 25, 2008 11:05 AM

                        Actually you can put any amount, from the glass canisters, in the little black bags. I usually only take an ounce or so but the Shop is on my way to work.

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                        chemchef Jul 26, 2008 06:46 AM

                        The one in Market Hall (Rockridge) also carries it.

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