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    Tea Places: Nohohon Tea Room

    When I heard that Toronto based Nohohon Tea Room had opened a location in NYC I just had to check it out. Oddly enough, I found out about them through a YouTube video from +Off the Great Wall that popped up on my feed. It took me a few weeks to get over to that part of town but it was definitely worth the extra trip. Unlike a lot of the chain stores that are common around the city each cup of matcha bubble tea is whisked by hand. My fellow matcha heads will all agree, there’s nothing like having someone whip up a bowl of matcha for you. St. Mark’s Place is always…


  • Matcha,  Places

    Where to Get Your Matcha Fix in NYC

    The craze that is matcha has definitely taken NYC by storm. I’m loving it! You can now find the green stuff at Starbucks and a ton of other places but I’m always a proponent of getting tea from a specialist. Luckily, we’ve got several places to choose from these days. Ippodo Tea Co. Ippodo is one of the oldest tea companies in Kyoto and they’ve opened a shop right in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The shop is small but they have a wide selection of matcha as well as other Japanese teas and teaware. There’s no seating area but they do serve both iced and hot cups of matcha to go. Matcha…

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    Scottish Afternoon Tea at The Lowell with Wee Tea Company

    I first heard about +The Wee Tea Company through fellow blogger +Geoffrey Norman. The fact that they were growing tea in Scotland certainly caught my attention. I’ve been keeping tabs ever since, in part because they give me hope about being the first tea farmer in New Jersey. Sir Geoff kindly shared their smoked white tea with a group of us after the Tea Blogger Roundtable at World Tea Expo this year. The Wee Tea Company recently launched their Dalreoch Estate brand in the U.S. and I had the opportunity to interview Jamie Russel for my very first World Tea News article. I totally meant to share this experience with you guys sooner but life gets…

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    Tea Places: Chalait

    It seems like NYC is the place to be for matcha these days. +Chalait is the third matcha bar to open up in the last year. While there’s some danger of the market becoming overcrowded, I love that all of these places are introducing people to tea. In addition to matcha they offer espresso and a menu of bites and sandwiches. The first time that I visited the shop was very crowded. I grabbed a shot rather quickly. Served in a tiny espresso cup, it was a bit of a different experience than the one that I had at Matcha Cafe Wabi. I was excited to see that their loose leaf is supplied by…

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    Tea Places: Tiny Pinecone Teahouse and Bakeshop

    Just when I thought that I had run out of new tea places to visit, I found out about a pop up tea shop called +Tiny Pinecone Teahouse and Bakeshop. The location is just as adorable as their name. The seating area is small but inviting. One of the first things I noticed when walking in was a display of gaiwans and other teaware. My kind of place! The tea list was not very big but there was a wide range of options offered. My first choice of an oolong was temporarily unavailable so I opted for the Huo Shang Huang Ya, a  yellow tea, instead. There were quite a few baked goods and…