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Oh please. If you think coffee is the poor stepchild, then try getting a high-quality cup of tea -- the poor distant cousin. Tea service is actually getting better in the Bay Area, but that means a step up from grocery store tea bags to fancier tea bags, not loose leaf tea properly brewed. I will never forget (nor forgive) being offered Stash tea bags (presented with a flourish in a fancy wooden box) at Fleur de Lys.