I first discovered Teaopia on-line a few years ago and was drawn to its lower prices for Teas similar to the offerings at The Tea Emporium. While they have a great selection of loose-leaf Teas of all sorts and a large selection of Yerba Mates, I find the quality to be lacking a little. I don’t think that I will purchase loose-leaf Teas from Teaopia again, but I will likely return to the store’s cafe for iced tea when I am in the area.
I visited the brick-and-mortar Teaopia location at 601 Queen Street recently and was a little disappointed by the general vibe of the staff (sullen and holier-than-thou), fortunately save for the sweet young man who actually served me—he was very polite, friendly and knowledgeable.
It seems that Teaopia is a major franchise and I doubt that the owners/staff have very much passion in selecting teas for their stores.
The Tea Emporium is my my go-to destination for quality loose-leaf teas in Toronto! I find the quality of all of the teas offered to be exceptional, and the staff at all of the locations friendly and informed.
This company also has an informative website where teas can also be purchased.