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Tea Houses in Vancouver

Mawson Plan Dec 3, 2008 11:27 PM


I watched a TV show on the history, varieties, and preparation of tea. It was really interesting and I want to get into this I think. Is there a good place in Vancouver where I can go learn about and sample teas? Doing a quick google search of 'tea vancouver' and 'tea houses vancouver' I see there are a lot of options. Can anyone help me narrow down the list and maybe give some brief descriptions of some of the places?

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    jmil Dec 4, 2008 11:23 AM

    Out of curiosity .. whats the story on steeps?

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    1. re: jmil
      Sam Salmon Dec 4, 2008 04:23 PM

      Steeps-my experience is inconsistency/lousy service.

    2. j
      jmil Dec 4, 2008 10:02 AM

      You may want to check out Bayswater Tea Co. - 2966 W. Broadway. They have a great selection

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        tobyglynn Dec 4, 2008 09:37 AM

        Teaz on granville at burrard is awesome. REally knowledgable staff and they sell small samples for $2. ShakTea on Main sell some quality teas and they have a few pots brewing that you can sample. On the downside, I don't rate Murchies, despite its heritage.

        A warning though if you're just getting into tea - it can be easy to buy a small sample or drink 1 cup in the shop and think 'that's no good'. Tea can be a very sensitive drink and the interplay of water temperature, amount of tea used and time brewed can yield very different results. Thus, it might be better to buy a bigger bag and play with different combinations. If you still don't like it you can at least say with confidence that X type of tea isn't for you.

        Enjoy getting into the drink of the gods! And if you'd like to meet up with a fellow keen tea drinker, give me a holla.

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        1. re: tobyglynn
          Sam Salmon Dec 4, 2008 11:05 AM

          <<Teaz on granville at burrard is awesome>>
          You mean on Granville @ Broadway north of the intersection on the east side of the street.

          There's also T - Tea Room 1568 West Broadway great selection service can be so/so website is down.

          Steeps 895 West Broadway not recommended for a number of reasons.

          1. re: Sam Salmon
            tobyglynn Dec 4, 2008 03:24 PM

            Ah yes, you're right. Thanks Sam.

          2. re: tobyglynn
            Mawson Plan Dec 4, 2008 03:37 PM

            I heard it can be tricky, so I'm hoping for less of a shop and more of a sit down place where I can drink cups and cups of different teas and learn about it from some helpful staff. A tea tour guide would be great.

            1. re: Mawson Plan
              tobyglynn Dec 10, 2008 11:31 AM

              Hey Mawson. How's the tea hunting going? If you dont find a shop that gives you the level of 'education' you're looking for then I would be more than happy to sit and drink multiple teas with you. I can't profess to being any kind of specialist but i've been drinking the stuff for 20 years (and i'm only 30 :) so I've got a fair idea.

              1. re: tobyglynn
                Mawson Plan Dec 11, 2008 04:43 AM

                Sounds good. email me at zak@biltmorecabaret.com and we will have some tea. I've not yet tried any of these places.

          3. fmed Dec 4, 2008 07:08 AM

            I'm not a tea person, but I thought that Avenue 18 in Richmond is a very cool tea shop. I found it when I was in the market for a vacpot (coffee maker):


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