I'd like to see a consummate list of places to purchase quality loose leaf teas in the LA area. I'm so tired of threads with mentions of Starbucks, Pete's, and Boba shacks (no! I don't want to hear about your sugary filth and gelatinous slime). Intelligentsia, eh. They can go suck it too. I want substance over style or pretense. I want the real deal. We deserve the real deal. This is chowhound not yelp. I've got my zojirushi with 4 temp settings. I'm ready. Sock it to me. Enlighten me. I need your help, you of chowhound. You've delighted me with so many delicious insights and I'm really grateful. Can we band together for this cause, the cause of a righteous cup of tea in the comfort of one's own abode?
Ten Ren, Taiwanese chain, good for oolongs, jasmines, dragon well and I dig the pillow packs of silver needle. I have encountered language barriers, so hard to gain real insights from their sales peeps. "Is this good?" "Yes, very good." "How about this one?" "Also very good."
Ten Ren Tea (also in Monterey Park, Alhambra)
727 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tea Habitat, found them online. They seem dope. I hope they open their new shop and offer more tea tasting so they can infuse me with knowledge.
Tea Habitat (They're moving to a new address)
21B Peninsula Center
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Funnel Mill, a tea house disguised as a peddler of coffee swill. They serve your teas in proper china pots with a kettle of hot water for multiple infusions and they sell teas by the ounce. Was on the pricey side, but was real tasty. Their white peony was/is outta sight.
Funnel Mill Coffee and Tea
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Wing Hop Fung... Ten Ren is downstairs from them, so I haven't tried any of their teas. They sell a ton-o-stuff and it ain't all tea. They confuse me. Should I buy tea or slippers...
Wing Hop Fung (also in Alhambra)
727 N Broadway Ste 102
Los Angeles, CA 90012
T - Tea Shoppe, me likes. Friendly and willing chat tea, offer suggestions. "Try the butterfly tea." Sure why not. Mint Medley? Like best iced tea brew ever (and I don't usually go for herbal, fruit infusions).
T - Tea Shoppe
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Chado Tea Room, never been. Might have to rock it like sherlock, holmes.
Chado Tea Room (also downtown and mid city)
79 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
www.teamap.com has all the tea rooms in and around LA but doesn't specify as to whether one can buy loose leaf.
930 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
21B Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes, CA
Wing Hop Fung
727 N Broadway 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chado Tea Room
8422 1/2 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
1223 University Ave Ste 110, Riverside, CA 92507
630 W 6th St Ste 110B, Los Angeles, CA 90017