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Favorite TeaHouse/Shop-D.C.&DelMarVa


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Hello-We are developing an index to the best tea houses/shops for the eG Coffee and Tea Forum.It will include the best of the D.C. & DelMarVa area. So tell us where do you go for a good "steeping"? And, what do you like about your favorite tea house/shop:the tea, the ambience,the service,?Do you have a favorite tea there?

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One obvious answer: When we're in DC, we often go to Teaism. Good breakfast food, bento boxes, ochazuke, too.

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My personal favorite is Ching Ching Cha in Georgetown.

The combination of the space, service and of course the tea offerings can't be beat.

Space wise patrons sit on big cushions on low platforms. Nice natural light from skylights, calming space.

Service is personable, and the staff know a lot about their extensive (and sometimes rare) offerings. I really like their oolong tea served out of really tinny tea pots. The Pu-Erh teas are also wonderful, which have a deep smokey/earthy quality which comes from the tea being aged in caves.

Dining here is also good, the food, as I remember (I have not eaten here in a long time) is also tasty.

Ching Ching Cha is one of the best in town, by far.

Has anyone been to the Blue Duck Tavern's tea library/cellar. The tea room has well over 53 teas on offerings and has a tea sommelier that has the knowledge to guide their patrons in matching the food to their teas. Check out this article about it in the Washington City Paper from last July.

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I second Teaism. I will be going to the Tea Cellar at the Park Hyatt on Tuesday. I'll report back and see how I like it. It's gotten a lot of rave reviews on Yelp.com

For tea shops, I like Teavana, but that's a national chain.

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