Jazzberry Tea House in Ajax, ON
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A nice, funky little independent cafe that offers coffee, tea, sandwiches, light lunches, and pastries.

I was particularly impressed by the variety of loose-leaf tea on hand, as well as the various types of bagged tea and tea accessories they had, including a beautiful series of cast-iron teapots, some teacups, and even some white pu’erh cakes on their shelves. They even had packages of Sloane tea and Steven Smith tea for very cheap – a tin of Sloane tea was there for $10, even though they cost more than twice that much elsewhere.

Lovely atmosphere, a nice variety of tea (I had the fig apple black tea, which I quite enjoyed), good sandwiches, and friendly staff. Considering this is in the middle of Durham region, far from downtown Toronto, this place is a real find.

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Updated February 2014:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen for loose-leaf tea hard. Within a year of joining Steepster, I’ve spent at least $500 on tea, and gotten a whole bunch in swaps! At this point I’ve got a better handle on what I like and dislike, but I’m sure that there will always be more to discover.

Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.

Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.

Still need to do my research on: pu’er teas.

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

Website

http://www.booksandtea.ca

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