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Looking for Tea shops

nwkandler Feb 14, 2010 08:04 AM

I am getting into tea, particulrly Sencha and matcha, and am curious of others thoughts of good tea shops/houses in SF.

I remeber someone telling me about a great place in Chinatown, maybe on or just off grant?

Thanks in advance!

  1. wolfe Feb 14, 2010 08:31 AM

    Lupicia San Francisco Center.

    Lupicia Tea Shop - 865 Market St # 255 San Francisco, CA

    1. Windy Feb 14, 2010 08:47 AM

      Red Blossom is the place in Chinatown, unless you're thinking of Imperial Tea Court. Neither is Japanese. Lupicia is Japanese but sells tea rather than serves it.

      The branch of Samovar at Page and Laguna is worth a stop if you're looking for sitdown.

      Good matcha is rarely available in the US.

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        vulber Feb 15, 2010 08:06 AM

        it's definitely pricy, but I'd highly recommend Samovar

        1. c
          chilihead2006 Feb 15, 2010 08:28 AM

          We now buy all our bulk tea from Mighty Leaf...and have an embarrassingly large collection now. All of their bulk teas have been excellent.

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            deasonBlues Feb 17, 2010 02:57 PM

            The place you are trying to remember is probably Vital Leaf Tea, which is on Grant. They have a entertaining staff running constant tea tastings. You can wind up dropping big money on fancy rare teas, but the tasting is free.

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