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10 Best of … Teas

As I grew up everyone I met was a coffee lover. Most blamed “no coffee” for their stress, headaches, and bad moods. My thing all along was a nice cup of tea.To me tea is a symbol of serenity and clear thinking.  Experiencing with tea and enjoying it is part of my daily pleasures, it is the time of the day I look forward to and savor. In this selection I referred to Nathaniel and Andrew Lande’s expertise, experience, and reviews to mention the top 10 best of teas.Many of you will be disappointed that Lipton and Twining’s did not make this list.

1- Republic of tea

In 1992, a few people shared a vision that tea could be something more than a Lipton tea bag in a cup; that tea was actually more like fine wine and that consumers might be open to that vision. So started the tea-revolution in the United States. Creative Director, Nancy Bauch led the team to think about a new way to communicate the experience of tea. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a Tea Revolution. Their mission is to see these teas steaming in the cups of men, women and children everywhere, and to emphasize a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

2- Upton Tea Imports

Upton Tea Imports are known to scour the world in search of the top teas. They have over 400 varieties. www.uptontea.com

3- Peet’s

Coffee & Tea

Peet’s offers over 45 specialty teas carefully selected from the highest quality tea harvests in China and India. They are mainly famous for their coffee.

4- Chado Tea

The Chado Tea Room is the tea shop that has revolutionized tea drinking in the Los Angeles area. And now, through chadotea.com, tea drinkers across the globe have access to the over 300 different types of specialty teas that are available in our Chado Tea Rooms.

5- Le Palais Des Thes

Le Palais des Thés began life when a group of around fifty tea enthusiasts decided to create their own company. In order to guarantee the freshness and quality of their teas, they decided that they themselves would travel to the growing regions to buy their supplies.Every year, their experts travel in about 20 countries, mostly in Asia but also in Africa and South America.

6- Imperial Tea court

San Francisco’s world-famous Imperial Tea Imperial Tea Court is renowned as an exclusive source for many of the most highly acclaimed and sought-after teas produced today. Magnificently appointed by visiting Chinese craftsmen and opened on the fourth of July, 1993 in Chinatown, Imperial Tea Court represents the life-long commitment to the art and tradition of all aspects of tea of co-founders Grace and Roy Fong. Their mutual love and respect for authentic, hand-crafted Chinese teas (and their difficulty in obtaining them in the United States) led to the initiation of direct relations with tea growers and producers in China and Taiwan, and ultimately to the establishment of Imperial Tea Court.

7- Fauchon

A brand synonymous with “Gourmet” and high end products, Fauchon with every sip reminds you of the city of beauty and fashion, Paris. Their first shop opened in 1886 and now has stemmed to every continent in the world.

8- Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has grown into one of the largest privately-owned, family-run coffee and tea companies in the world. Along the way, The Bean, as it is affectionately known, has become the model for a successful coffee and tea company.Since 1963, they have continued to search the earth for only the finest and rarest loose-leaf teas.

9- Teance

Known for exotic far east teas and reviving the art of traditional preparing and drinking tea.They specialize in limited edition teas and features over more than 100 blends.

10- Fortnum and Mason

Known as London’s gourmet store, they have been selling high quality teas since 1707.They have more the 60 blend from Ceylon, India, Nepal, China, and Japan. Fortnum and Mason is a must visit for tea lovers who live in or pass by London. They create feasts and special “afternoon tea” rituals at their restaurants.


How to brew a perfect cup of black tea according to Fortnum and Mason:

1. Warm the teapot by rinsing it out with hot water.
2. Fill the kettle with fresh water . Water that has been boiled already will affect the taste of the tea.
3. Put into the teapot one rounded teaspoon (or caddy spoon) of tealeaves for each person and one extra spoonful ‘for the pot’.
4. Turn off the kettle (or remove it from the stove) just before the water boils and pour into the pot. It doesn’t need to be stirred.
5. Leave to infuse for three to five minutes, depending on taste. Serve, using a tea strainer.

If you are making tea in a cup with a tea infuser, the same rule applies – one spoon of tea, use water just off the boil and infuse for 3-5 minutes.

How to hold the cup

The usual way is to hold the handle between your thumb and fingers, rather than curling your fingers through the handle. Holding the little finger out is often thought to be the done thing, but in fact it’s not required.

For more details on tea brewing and etiquette you can check their special section on the website for that. Link

3 responses

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  2. ahmed Moussa

    You’ve made tea and tea drinking into an art form. This is beautifully presented and I love the photos.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

  3. Woooowww..what a beautiful, well thought out, and heart felt post! Admittedly, I’m a coffee lover..born and bred. I saved up to by my Nespresso machine..what an investment! 😀 Still, I hope to become more “refined, serene, and peaceful” and one day, be able to truly appreciate tea.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

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