As anyone involved in the world of tea knows, there are hundreds of fantastic tea houses across the states. To give you a sense of the range of what’s out there, we asked tea experts, wholesalers, and hobbyists from across the country to recommend some of their favorite tea houses, and then we narrowed that list down to twelve.
The tea house scenes in NYC and the Bay Area are so incredibly robust, we could build an entire list for each. But we wanted to spotlight tea experiences from all over the country, and, because there are so many specialties within tea, we also varied the list according to styles. This is a sampling across the board, a quick primer and a gateway that’ll start your journey into tea culture. Just, please, don’t bring your laptops.