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Selection of loose-leaf black tea in TO?

trombasteve Jan 29, 2009 09:09 AM

Can anyone offer any good suggestions for places with a good selection of loose-leaf black teas? I've tried a few places but have inevitably found a good selection of green teas, and an extensive selection of flavoured black teas, but I'd really like good Indian black teas in an unadulterated state.


  1. jayt90 Jan 29, 2009 09:20 AM

    This is an odd place to buy loose tea, but Lee Valley has it.
    7 oz tins of high grown Sri Lankan buds and tips. It is exceptional, especially at $8 a tin.
    Apparently Mr. Lee needed a good source of loose tea, and began importing it.

    Lee Valley
    590 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    Lee Valley Tools Ltd
    1275 Morningside Ave, Toronto, ON M1B, CA

    Lee Valley
    5701 Steeles Ave W, Toronto, ON M9L, CA

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      tochowchick Jan 29, 2009 10:12 AM

      A new place just opened in Scotia Plaza downtown...Teaopia...from it's website it looks like it has a number of locations


      There is also a place in First Canadian Place (and I think they also have a location on Bayview called The Tea Emporium

      1. chocabot Jan 29, 2009 10:23 AM


        or you can go to their retail site on Walnut st. off Queen st. W (opposite Trinity Bellwoods park)

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          blueberry101 Jan 29, 2009 10:38 AM

          to have at a cafe or to make at home?
          Theres a company called Tea in the Sahara and they have huge selections, almost any kind of tea you can imagine, although it is hard to find places that sell it.
          They usually provide for restaurants/businesses however..there are a few


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            radiopolitic Jan 29, 2009 10:42 AM

            Tea Emporium also has a large selection.


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              Apprentice Jan 29, 2009 11:31 AM

              The Tea Leaf in Bayview Village, good selection and excellent service/knowledge. The only other tea specialty shop I've purchased tea from was Teaopia and they were pretty useless when probed with questions.

              1. always_eating Jan 29, 2009 09:11 PM

                House of Tea


                They have a great selection and Marisha is very knowledgeable. I believe some of their teas are sold at Pusateri's too.

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