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Seeking a store with a nice tea selection in Seattle

aiacopi Oct 25, 2009 06:30 PM

I just moved to Seattle from San Francisco and am having a hard time finding a store with a nice variety of affordable tea. The Cost Plus/World Market stores in CA have a wonderful assortment of brands and flavors but I have yet to find something similar up here. I have heard of a few shops that sell loose teas (one in Ballard but I think it's $$$ and one at Pike's Market which I haven't tried yet) but would love to see what other users come up with. Thank you for your help!

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    yummers Oct 25, 2009 08:46 PM

    I suppose, if you like World Market, you will not be interested in this, but other readers might: Teahouse Kuan Yin on 45th in Wallingford has the best selection of teas I've found in Seattle. They will cost you more than supermarkets and chain outlets, but the quality is much, much higher, and the prices are reasonable for what you get. It is not Tao of Tea in that respect, for instance. (ToT has some nice leaf, but you really pay.) There is a range at Kuan Yin, and you can drink decent stuff even at the low end.

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      adeptation Oct 25, 2009 09:49 PM

      Remedy Tea on Capitol Hill is awesome.

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        aiacopi Oct 26, 2009 07:31 AM

        I just looked up both websites and they look fantastic. Bonus points for Teahouse Kuan Yin in Wallingford because they are a tea house AND cafe so I can study there.

        Thank you for your help!

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          adeptation Oct 26, 2009 11:01 PM

          Remedy is also a cafe. I've studied there before and they have free wifi.

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            equinoise Oct 27, 2009 09:14 AM

            Don't know if they sell tea for home use, but the Panama Hotel has tea service, wireless internet, and is housed in a historic building in the ID.

        2. amyh18 Oct 26, 2009 08:26 AM

          I second Remedy Teas on 15th on Capitol Hill. Their teas are wonderful and they people who work there are fantastic.

          1. jlbwendt Oct 26, 2009 09:50 AM

            World Spice Merchants near Pike Place Market has a great selection of loose teas. Or you can have them shipped to you. (they don't take cards though, cash/check only)


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              bluedog67 Oct 26, 2009 10:13 AM

              There is also the newly expanded Tea Cup on Queen Anne. They aren't a teahouse per se, but have a lounge area similar to a coffee house and a wide variety (and price range) of teas. I am not a tea expert, but one of the Monsoon staff told me that they have the best jasmine pearl selection in seattle.

            2. paulj Oct 26, 2009 11:46 AM

              There are Cost Plus/World Market stores in the Seattle area, for example in Redmond Townsquare.

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                aiacopi Oct 26, 2009 02:24 PM

                I visited the one in Belltown and was disappointed with their tiny selection...

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                PaqpIn Oct 26, 2009 12:34 PM

                Tevana is also good. They can be expensive, but they know their tea. There is one in Pacific Place, Alderwood, Southcenter, and another in Bellevue http://www.teavana.com/

                In general I prefer local places, but this can be a good backup and does have a great selection of loose teas.

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                  eat.rest.repeat Oct 26, 2009 03:07 PM

                  Despite the generic name, Seattle's Best Tea in the International District (near Uwajimaya) is a great place to buy tea. They have mostly Chinese teas but offer a large selection still. The prices are great, the service is super personable and it is a nice place to spend an hour or two. The address is 506 S King Street.

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                    seattleviking Oct 26, 2009 05:45 PM

                    There is a Cost Plus World Market at the North end of Pike Place Market and they have free parking. Right across the street from Cost Plus is a Chinese tea shop that has tea tastings for free so you can see what you like before you buy.

                    1. terrier Oct 27, 2009 07:03 AM

                      I really enjoy the teas at the Crumpet Shop in the market.

                      1. val ann c Oct 28, 2009 11:02 AM

                        I bought two teas at Perennial Tea Shop near Pike Market. The quality was not to my liking. Very cute store with some beautiful teapots and accessories.

                        I enjoy visiting Travelers Tea on Capital Hill. Though I find the quality of their bulk tea can really vary. I love their chai spice blend. I prefer to buy the spice blend without the black tea added. I will add a better quality assam. It's a fun place to browse.

                        If you like Rishi brand teas, Town & Country markets sells them in bulk. The Greenwood and Shoreline stores have a good selection of bulk teas.

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                          BorntoEat Apr 26, 2010 03:10 PM

                          Please check out Remedy Teas on 15th. Really great quality and amazing selection. Also they always sample a few teas a day and you can try anything by the cup to see if you like it before buying in bulk. Plus the goodies are SOOOO yummy (and somewhat healthy or at least organic!). I am addicted to this place!

                          Remedy Teas
                          345 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

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                            Chief Seattle Apr 28, 2010 04:33 PM

                            Seattle Tea Cup at the top of Queen Anne Hill is my favorite


                            There is a good one at Pike Place, but I can't remember the name.

                            Queen Anne Cafe
                            2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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