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The Spice & Tea Exchange in Washington D.C., District Of Columbia
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This to me is in NO way a tea shop. They have a few selections of tea just as a grocery store would have. The tea is pricey and I would only recommend it if you really want tea NOW, or if you just want to try tea in general. They are a pretty good spice shop and the Staff is helpful (both DC and VA).

Ching Ching Cha in Washington, District Of Columbia
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Traditional Chinese tea style. Here you can get a pretty good selection of Chinese Teas as well as a healthy but tasty meal (small portions). I’ve had Puerh, Oolong, white and herbal teas here. The service is good as long as you don’t go in too close to closing time.

I get that they have work schedules but when you paid $10-15 for a cup of tea you want to savor it. As part of closing time they should better arrange their hours, If they want to be out their teashop by 9pm I would close around 8pm to give 8:15/8:30pm people a chance to enjoy what they paid for.

They do have a nice selection of Teaware from Yixing, Gaiwan, tasting sets, strainers and others.



Discovered tea a few years ago and I’ve been exploring ever since. I’m looking forward to keep learning and enjoy tea as I do. Keep learning, those who “know” stop learning and become irrelevant to the world.

I’m adding the scale because I noted that we all use the same system but it doesn’t mean the same to all.(I rate the tea not by how much I ‘like it’ only; there are flavors/scents I don’t like but they are quality and are how they are supposed to be and I rate them as such).

90 – 100: AMAZING. This the tea I feel you should drop whatever you are doing and just enjoy.

80-89: Great tea that I would recommend because they are above ‘average’ tea, they usually posses that ‘something’ extra that separates them from the rest.

70-79: An OK tea, still good quality, taste and smell. For me usually the tea that I have at work for everyday use but I can still appreciate and get me going through my day.

60-69: Average nothing special and quality is not high. The tea you make and don’t worry about the EXACT time of steep because you just want tea.

30-59: The tea you should probably avoid, the tea that you can mostly use for iced tea and ‘hide’ what you don’t like.

1-29: Caveat emptor! I feel sorry for my enemies when they drink this tea. :P





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