This serene tea bar is part of a movement of teahouses introducing the ancient tradition of tea to grande-latte-with-whipped-cream drinkers. And it's enough to convince a coffee addict to give tea a chance. Tastings from $7.50; teance.com or 510/524-2832.
2. Red Blossom Tea Company
Although it’s a shop only―no tea served―it’s worth a stop to stock up on the high-quality Chinese teas, which have been sold to the likes of Charlie Trotter’s restaurants and the Westin St. Francis. redblossomtea.com or 415/395-0868.
3. Miro Tea
This modern tea shop, which also serves food, opened in August last year in Seattle’s historic Ballard neighborhood and offers an extensive selection of teas, from rare pu-erhs to competition-grade Dragonwell green tea. Check out the shop’s informative blog. $; mirotea.com or 206/782-6832.
4. The Tao of Tea
Its two shops offer an extensive and sophisticated selection of Asian teas. There’s also a Tao tea bar in a Whole Foods Market (7380 S.W. Bridgeport Rd., Tigard, OR). $; taooftea.com, 503/736-0119 (3430 S.E. Belmont St.), or 503/ 224-8455 (239 N.W. Everett St.).