The Spice & Tea Exchange is a lovely little shop that deals in exactly what its name implies. Though a bit on the pricey side (teas are across the board $4.79/oz) and a bit hit or miss, the good teas here are FANTASTIC and the friendly staff – in particular the owner, Keith – as well as the frequent-customer punchcard keep me coming back.
The shop is very open, allowing you to open and smell any of the teas and spices they have on display and often featuring a few teas for tasting – ask, and they’ll allow you to try any of the spices and spice blends but I’ve never tried with the teas. The staff seems to have a lot of personal experience with the products and I’ve always enjoyed the conversations comparing their various teas (and mourning the loss of Almond Cookie Tea with very nearly the entire staff – what were you thinking discontinuing that?!).
As mentioned, the teas can be hit or miss – I’ve been unhappy with their white teas in general, but they’ve got a wonderful Darjeeling (no mention of flush or estate) and the Coconut Oolong has been a mainstay of my collection since I very first tried it. They also have a fair selection of moderately-priced tea accessories.
The Spice & Tea Exchange Edit
|Mon–Thu||11:00 AM– 7:00 PM|
|Fri–Sat||11:00 AM– 9:00 PM|
|Sunday||11:00 AM– 7:00 PM|
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- 1069 Wisconsin Ave NW
- Washington D.C., District Of Columbia 20007
- (202) 333-4540