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Dec 27, 2008 04:22 AM

Tea Shop in Hartford

Anyone know of a good tea shop in the Hartford area? I've been here a year and the best I've found so far is a halfway decent box of Assam from an Asian market.

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  1. Have you tried Teavana in Westfarms Mall? It's on the upper level near Williams-Sonoma.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      I've only been to one in Chicago. Good to know it's at Westfarms, thanks.

    2. There's a eavana in Farmington. You can also mail order from Tealuxe.

      1. If you travel to Northampton at all, go to Cooks Shop Here, which may be changing it's name to Tea Trekker
        65 King Street
        Northampton, MA 0106.
        They have fantastic single estate teas of all varieties, and also sell from their website:

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        1. I just yesterday stumbled upon a new tea shop on Rt 79 - just off the Highway in Madison.....popped in quickly - - they have a good selection of their own teas - but no real information on the teas - - and the staff was not much help

          probably a great place t o go if you already know your teas.....I will try to remember the name and post it at some other time

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          1. re: few

            Thanks, I will look into it too.

            1. re: few

              Could you be thinking of Willoughby's? I know they have a location in Madison, but I'm not sure where and can't seem to find a list of locations on their website. Even though they're more of a coffee shop, they have the freshest tea I've been able to find in the state. The big problem I have with them is that they don't carry any green varieties I'm terribly fond of. The shop is New Haven is where I get all my black, oolong, and white teas.
              Aside from that, I've been highly dissapointed with every tea shop I've tried in the state. The corporate chains are overpriced and don't always have the freshest product. They also don't tend to be as knowledgeable as I would expect (if you don't know what Camellia Assamica is, you shouldn't be managing a tea shop). I'm sure I haven't tried the vast majority of the shops in the state, but I have tried the ones mentioned thus far. They're not bad, just not up to par with the tea shops you find elsewhere in the northeast (usually independently owned). They seem to thrive on the same mentality as a lot of the popular websites: style over substance.
              One other name worth mentioning is SpecialTeas of Stratford. As far as I know, they have no retail store, just the website. They are local, however, and one of the better websites. I'll also mention Tea Gschwendner, because no other online store comes even remotely close to their consistently perfect quality.

              1. re: danieljdwyer

                You wrote that you've tried all the tea shops mentioned. Did you find the owners at Cooks Shop Here in Northampton not knowledgeable enough? If so, I'm really surprised.. They have an extensive selection of all teas, including greens, and they literally have written the (a) book on tea.

            2. Find yourself a few hours north and hit up Licorice and Sloe in Newburyport, Mass. Walk through the doors and you're in a different world.
              Good luck in Hartford-