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physical graffitea in New York, New York
4/5
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Mercuryhime rated this place
4/5
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I walked by this place and saw a sign advertising over 100 fair trade teas. Of course I had to have a look. It was cozy inside. It’s a bit cramped. Behind the counter, there are silver canisters of teas taking up a whole wall. There are a couple of places to sit, but it’s really too small to linger comfortably. After perusing the list of teas, I decided to go for a coconut oolong. I don’t know the source, but it was a very nice oolong. It smelled and tasted like coconut cookies.
I don’t know if the lady behind the counter owns the place, but she was really sweet. HOwever, she wasn’t able to answer my question about the oolong. Hmmm… I wanted to know how oxidized the oolong was but she seemed to have no idea what I was talking about.
YOu can get loose tea to take with you. Minimum of 2 ounces.
I think it’s a bit pricy. My oolong was $4 for a cup. Still the quality was pretty good. I’d be interested to come back and try some rooibos.

Franchia in New York, New York
5/5
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Mercuryhime rated this place
5/5
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The food is tasty and the tea selection is wonderful. I had a iced ginger tea. It was refreshing and full of zing. I also had the green oolong. It was delicious. It comes with the leaves and a thermos of hot water. I only wish I had brought some tupperware with me since the leaves were good for a few more steeps.

The service was wonderfully discreet. I prefer to be left alone while I dine.

Saint's Alp Teahouse in New York, New York
3/5
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Mercuryhime rated this place
3/5
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The tea is mediocre. The food is worse. It is, however, a fun atmosphere and they have cool flavors. However, I went to a Saint’s Alp in Hong Kong and they are more exotic offerings. I was a bit disappointed by its American cousin.

Cha-An in New York, New York
5/5
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Mercuryhime rated this place
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They have an extensive list of classic hot teas and more modern iced tea concoctions. Everything they serve is served with grace and care. I only wish that the hot teas would come with the leaves on the side and a pitcher of hot water so that you can re-steep to your heart’s content.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

My profile pic features my two lovable puppies, Mr. Snuggles and Sr. Caliente.

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NYC / Westchester

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