Argo Tea in New York, New York
5/5
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laurenpressley rated this place
5/5
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I stopped here while in New York and really enjoyed it! It’s truly a tea drinker’s take on Starbucks, but there’s a niche I’d like to see filled in every city. Their specialty seems to be the frou frou lattes made on a tea base, and the one I had was outstanding. They also had a good supply of loose tea if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional. There was limited indoor seating and it was all occupied. When the weather is nice, there’s also outdoor seating and a nearby park.

Tealuxe (Harvard Square) in Cambridge, Massachusetts
5/5
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laurenpressley rated this place
5/5
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I adore Tealuxe. This one is a bit out of the way if you’re visiting Boston proper, but if you happen to make it to Cambridge, it’s an excellent place to stop. It’s a bit more crowded than the Newbury Street shop, and doesn’t have the downstairs cafe, but still has the same great tea selection.

Tealuxe in Boston, Massachusetts
5/5
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laurenpressley rated this place
5/5
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I adore Tealuxe, and go several times every time I make it to Boston. This Tealuxe features a cafe downstairs, and a shop upstairs. The cafe offers a full tea menu as well as food options ranging from sandwiches to desserts. The shop is fairly standard tea ware as well as bulk loose tea and a counter where you can order tea to go. They keep 2 iced on tap each day as well as a few other options such as chai and/or bubble tea. I got one of my favorite teapots there, and could easily loose hours sitting in the cafe sipping cups from a large pot of tea.

Angelina's Teas in Winston Salem, North Carolina
4/5
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laurenpressley rated this place
4/5
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Extremely knowledgeable owner. I went in once and said, “I once had a tea that tasted like X and I miss it.” And he found something very very close to what I was remembering. Another time I went in and said I wanted to learn the difference between Japanese and Chinese green teas. He gave a good overview, then sold me several samples of each so I could try them for myself. What keeps me from giving a five star rating? The store is not heavily trafficked, so you’ll often be the only person in there, which can get to be a little bit weird. Also, the teas are stored in clear glass containers, which makes me wonder how long they’ll last. But if you want to learn about tea or talk to someone who knows their stuff, this is a great place to go.

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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup

Location

Blacksburg, VA

Website

http://laurenpressley.com

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