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Are there any places in CC that sell tea (bags, leaves, equipment), other than in the Reading Terminal Market? I am familiar with a tea shop in the South Street area, but am looking for some place I can go during lunch to buy tea. I'm at 20th & Market.

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  1. Try Steap on 18th between Chestnut and Walnut

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    1. re: PhillyLaura

      You beat me to it. I was going to post about Steap too. I think it's at 18th and Sansom. It's an easy walk from 20th and Market, has a nice selection and pleasant atmosphere.

      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        Thanks, PhillyLaura and Hungry! If the weather is not too bad, I'll mosey on over tomorrow.

        1. re: PattiCakes

          Yeah, you can buy tea at Steap, but you can't sample it there. I was there with a friend once, who asked to sample some tea right after she saw them serve another guy. She was told that he was a 'buyer' and they wouldn't do it for her. Lame.

          Remedy is ok, but I think once they made me green tea with boiling water.

          I really like TBar, as Michelle recommended, though it is much farther from your work. They had an excellent white peony (bai mu dan) in a while back. The only tea I had there that I didn't like was bubble tea, if that counts.

          1. re: Dib

            I went into Steap once with the full intention of buying some tea. I felt like I'd showed up right after a storm had hit - huge mess everywhere, completely harried manager - and this was right before xmas! (2007). Then there were all these restrictions on what I could/couldn't buy. No thanks.

            The best place, IMO, *was* the place on Sansom right under Fox Books, but that's been gone for a while now. I did buy some decent dragonwell tea leaves at Remedy.
            Also, Williams and Sonoma sells a limited number of Marriage Freres teas, and some other expensive but good options.

            1. re: Bob Loblaw

              Thanks for the input. I live very close to Willow Grove Mall, and there is a tea store (Teavana) in there now, but I was looking for someplace I could go to here at work. Beacuse it is so close, I might just stroll over to Steap anyway. If it's a bust, I can always stop at DiBruno's and munch free cheese on the way back.

              Someone gave me one of those Primula glass tea pots with a selection of flowering teas for Christmas; it also has an infuser insert. I brought it in to work and now that the novelty of the flowering tea has worn off, I'm starting to experiment with some loose teas. I even made a little quilted tea cosy so that the glass pot retains its heat. I'm looking specifically for teas with a lower level of caffeine. I can handle coffee level caffeine in the morning, but if I drink it in the afternoon it tends to keep me awake at night. Until I got this little pot, I had been just keeping a stash of the teabag herbal teas (like Celestial Seasonings), but now I am ready to spread my little tea leaf wings and fly off to other tea planets.

              1. re: PattiCakes

                Trying new teas is a lot of fun:) In general, white tea has less caffeine than green tea, which has less caffeine than black, but there are exceptions. I don't think even black tea level caffeine comes close to coffee level though. Anyway, seems like most of the caffeine is removed during the first infusion (you can reuse the tea leaves and add fresh hot water for subsequent infusions, some teas are better for this than others). If you want to avoid caffeine entirely, you can try loose leaf herbal teas (might be listed as tisanes) like rooibos, honeybush, and peppermint.

    2. Another place is Remedy Tea Bar on Sansom between 16th and 17th.