Chantal Guillon in Palo Alto, CA
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This is primarily a shop for macarons (which are delicious btw) but they sell Mariage Freres tea and have a decent selection to choose from. At the counter there are little jars so you can smell their selections of teas and order a cup to try before purchasing. The gentleman who helped me knew the teas well and was able to show me ones I liked given my preferences.

Lupicia Fresh Tea - Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
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The people who work here are very helpful without being annoying. They are great at making recommendations if you give them your taste preferences.

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Bio

I became a tea addict after I decided to make some changes to my diet and cut out soda completely.

Teas I like
I love Japanese green teas but I can be a little snobby about them. When I was in Japan I stayed in an area known for sencha, so I can be pretty picky.

Companies I enjoy
I’ve had most experience with Lupicia because they’re very close to me. I enjoy their non flavored green teas and white teas the most. Their flavored teas are good, but it’s usually a hit or miss.
DavidsTea is a bit far but when I make trips to San Francisco I usually buy a bit. I like their herbal teas the most. Their other teas never wow me and have too much flavoring for me.
I like Adagio for their fan blends – I wish more companies did this! The tea isn’t the best quality but I do enjoy my initial steeps.
I found a store near me that sells Mariage Frères. They’re expensive but I don’t think I have had a more delicious cup of tea before.

Tibits about me
I returned to school several years ago and I am finally graduating in March 2014 so I’m really excited to finally be receiving my bachelor’s. I spend my evenings when I’m not studying watching cheesy scifi movies, playing video games, watching video game streams, or stalking the internet for tea. I have an adorable old man kitty who always wants whatever I’m drinking. When I can, I like to sew and knit while I marathon BBC shows or asian dramas.

Location

San Francisco Bay Area

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