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Teaforia - Tea Shop in South Bay

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Teaforia - Tea Shop in South Bay

kainzero | Mar 30, 2008 12:28 AM

While visiting Iccho one night, I saw that they were opening this tea place next to it. Cool, I thought, a tea place nearby that doesn't seem to just sell boba. They must be pretty hardcore with their tea drinking! Finally, 3 months later, I thought I'd finally give it a try.

So I walk in at 6-7 pm and it's pretty roomy... but it's empty. No one else is in there but the cashier, who greets us with a "Hi, welcome to Teaforia." The decor is... interesting. It's like, inspired by a Chinese forest for lack of a better explanation.

I looked over the menu and decided to try some white tea since I've never had it. I had the option of Shou Mei or Pai Mu Dan, so I asked the cashier what the difference was and she didn't know but offered to let me smell the tea. I'm still a tea noob so I declined her offer...

When I got my tea, though, it seemed like it steeped in too hot a temperature for white tea, and it was also in a tea bag. Kinda disappointed in that. The tea itself was okay, but it didn't feel special enough to go out for.

In the back, they had several tins containing packages of loose leaf tea. They had a pretty decent selection of all kinds of tea, from the blacks of Earl Grey to Ti Kuan Yin Oolong to Bancha green tea and even a pretty good selection They seemed to have an extensive selection of flavored teas that smelled great but didn't really have a tea scent to them. I think each packet is about an ounce so they have pretty good pricing on that.

I'd say it's a pretty decent alternative to your normal tea chains like Coffee Bean and Peet's, but I'd probably just buy the loose leaf tea and brew at home instead of getting a cup from them.

Teaforia
25308 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 891-3955
http://www.teaforia.net

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