Best Tea Service

Seven Cups

Readers Pick

"Like a Virgin," we went into Seven Cups unsure what to expect. Before we knew it, we were knowledgeable about the earthy differences in various green teas, the rich full flavors of black teas, and the subtlety of white teas. There are various styles and customs of tea service offered in the cozy, red-lanterned tea room. With a little guidance, you'll quickly become an expert on the nuances between green tea and puer tea, and master that tricky cup flip for serving traditional oolong. With your newly educated palate, you can choose wisely from the extensive retail selection of teas and teaware. Seven Cups goes beyond a simple cup of infused liquid to a respectful re-creation of a culture, its ceremonies and its artifacts from halfway around the world.

Runners up:

2. Chantilly Tea Room and Gift Boutique

5185 N. Genematas Drive

622-3303, chantillytearoom.com

3. Tohono Chul Park Tea Room

7366 North Paseo del Norte

797-1222, website

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