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Ming Ming Tea in St Petersburg, Florida
5/5
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tperez rated this place
5/5
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Going to Ming Ming’s was definitely the most legit tea shop experience that I’ve had. The store is owned and operated by a husband and his wife who’s family has a tea farm in Fuijan. I was slightly skeptical about the shop with their “weight loss” sign out front, but this turned out to be completely unfounded.

I had found their site searching for tea stores near my hometown a few months ago, and had been meaning to make a trip but never did. However, dropping and breaking my gaiwan during Christmas break pushed me to find a replacement.

Entering the store, Greg (the husband) came to greet me and show me their different teas and teawares, and made two samples for me while I looked around and we talked tea. While he obviously wanted me to buy something, he was not pushy about it and seemed to take genuine interest.

They carried about twelve different loose teas, several of which were grown by Ming Ming’s family or relatives, a few blends and bags, and to my surprise and delight, about twelve different cakes of pu’erh and a variety of mini-tuos.

The tea is good quality and fairly priced, and the nearly hour-long pilgrimage I made to the store was plenty worth it. I will definitely order some more tea from them when they get their new shipment in this spring. :)

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My name is Thomas,

Long-time tea and coffee driker, but I only started getting into the world of good quality teas about two years ago.

My favorites right now are pu’erhs, Yunnan blacks, and Taiwanese oolongs. I’m not much into flavored teas, and jasmine almost always puts me off, but I love a good cup of chai or adding a spice or two to my teas sometimes.

I’m a 20 year old currently working in Orlando Florida, taking a semester off from school to try and figure out my place in the world.

I’m also a music lover. I’ve played guitar and violin for quite a while in classical styles, rock, etc., and also learning sitar and hindustani music.

I also love hiking/camping, Minecraft, Dr. Who, and downhill longboarding :)

My Rating Scale:
95-100 Wow! Praise the gods that be!
90-94 Pretty darn good
80-89 Nice, but either not quite to my tastes or not particularly head turning
70-79 Decent
50-69 Potable… under dire circumstances
0-50: Fifty shades of “blech!” Teas that aren’t worth their weight in pocket lint

Location

Orlando, FL

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