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A store named Teavana, part of a national chain, recently opened in a mall
near me. I'm wondering if anyone here has bought tea from them, and what
you think of it's quality? Their prices seem a bit on the high side, but
it's worth it for the convenience if the tea is any good.
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On Jan 11, 7:20*pm, Larry Weil > wrote:
> A store named Teavana, part of a national chain, recently opened in a mall
> near me. *I'm wondering if anyone here has bought tea from them, and what
> you think of it's quality? *Their prices seem a bit on the high side, but
> it's worth it for the convenience if the tea is any good.


No. It is mid-quality at best and ridiculously overpriced in my
opinion. Way better quality can be had online much cheaper and with
fast shipping to the point that convenience is a non issue. I received
more than a few gifts of tea over the holidays from family members
from there and none have stood up to much of anything. You're right
about the chain part and as such it would be like expecting a fresh
high-quality burger from McDonalds, except at premium pricing.

There are a lot of posts about online and brick and mortar shops that
are reputable and respected in the archives here. What type of tea
were you planning to buy there? With some info we can point you to the
best options.

- Dominic
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On 2009-01-12, Larry Weil > wrote:

> A store named Teavana, part of a national chain, recently opened in a
> mall near me. I'm wondering if anyone here has bought tea from them,
> and what you think of it's quality? Their prices seem a bit on the
> high side, but it's worth it for the convenience if the tea is any
> good.


I would stay away from mall stores in general, and esp. from Teavana.

This thread, while not really surprising, has some interesting stuff in
it:
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?t=7509

w

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Mine is located halfway between NeimanMarcus and Nordstrums. If you
know what you want its like any other tea shoppe perhaps a little more
expensive. Im impressed with the one and only tea I got there called
Six Summits. I still cant get out of my mind a half naked Eastern
European gal performing gongfu. I didnt know it could be so erotic.
When that distant relation in Taiwan emails me again Ill have him
check out the teahouse which sells tea from their own bushes called
Six Seasons. It is the next peak over from the University where he
works.

Jim

PS I havent been in a tea shoppe yet where the friendly staff wont
make recommendations if I ask. I do that sometimes just for the heck
of it. I usually get steered to an aromatic blend.


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> A store named Teavana, part of a national chain, recently opened in a mall
> near me. I'm wondering if anyone here has bought tea from them, and what
> you think of it's quality? Their prices seem a bit on the high side, but
> it's worth it for the convenience if the tea is any good.


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> On 2009-01-12, Larry Weil > wrote:
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>> A store named Teavana, part of a national chain, recently opened in a
>> mall near me. I'm wondering if anyone here has bought tea from them,
>> and what you think of it's quality? Their prices seem a bit on the
>> high side, but it's worth it for the convenience if the tea is any
>> good.

>
> I would stay away from mall stores in general, and esp. from Teavana.
>
> This thread, while not really surprising, has some interesting stuff in
> it:
> http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?t=7509
>
> w
>


I just read the article, and all I can say is "wow"! It's too bad the
store is being run this way, I will definitely stay away. Perhaps things
will go so badly that they will sell it to someone who will run it
decently. Thanks, Will, for posting this info, it was very useful.

Larry


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Oooh a disgruntled employee. Buy your tea from a smiling face at
Starbucks. You know the thing I dont like about tea sites on the
web. They dont take American Express. That includes GoldenTeaHouse
selling slabs of Qian Liang.

Jim

On Jan 12, 6:08 pm, Larry Weil > wrote:
....bad Teavana bad bad bad
> I just read the article, and all I can say is "wow"! It's too bad the
> store is being run this way, I will definitely stay away. Perhaps things
> will go so badly that they will sell it to someone who will run it
> decently. Thanks, Will, for posting this info, it was very useful.
>
> Larry


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On Sun, 11 Jan 2009 16:42:35 -0800 (PST), "Dominic T."
> wrote:

>On Jan 11, 7:20*pm, Larry Weil > wrote:
>> A store named Teavana, part of a national chain, recently opened in a mall
>> near me. *I'm wondering if anyone here has bought tea from them, and what
>> you think of it's quality? *Their prices seem a bit on the high side, but
>> it's worth it for the convenience if the tea is any good.

>
>No. It is mid-quality at best and ridiculously overpriced in my
>opinion. Way better quality can be had online much cheaper and with
>fast shipping to the point that convenience is a non issue. I received
>more than a few gifts of tea over the holidays from family members
>from there and none have stood up to much of anything. You're right
>about the chain part and as such it would be like expecting a fresh
>high-quality burger from McDonalds, except at premium pricing.
>
>There are a lot of posts about online and brick and mortar shops that
>are reputable and respected in the archives here. What type of tea
>were you planning to buy there? With some info we can point you to the
>best options.
>
>- Dominic


Teavana has a horrible reputation among tea lovers but I really like
some of their flavoured black and herbal blends. Their Cream Earl
Grey is the best I`ve ever had and I`ve tried several (Upton and
several local tea shops here in Toronto). I also love their Tarocco
Ruby Orange and Tranquil Dream Herbal teas (Upton`s Chamillo is close
but not as good).

I would greatly appreciate other recommendations for online tea shops
which ship to Canada.

THanks kindly!


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[missmouse]
> I would greatly appreciate other recommendations for online tea shops
> which ship to Canada.


[corax] why not deal with some that are *in* canada? two to get the
discussion rolling:

http://www.capitaltea.com/ [and they have a brick-n-mortar shop in
toronto -- richmond hill actually]

http://stores.ebay.ca/Sampan-Tea [operating out of montreal]

both have very good reputations. both source their teas directly from
the growers.
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A store named Teavana, part of a national chain, recently opened in a mall
near me. I'm wondering if anyone here has bought tea from them, and what
you think of it's quality? Their prices seem a bit on the high side, but
it's worth it for the convenience if the tea is any good.

I never personally experienced them ,But I have my friends which have tested their tea and gave good reviews. so I think it is worth testing ,without considering the price.
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