Sunday, June 11, 2006
What's a Coffee Commentary?
Location visited: King of Prussia Mall, PA
Free WiFi ? : NO
Rating: 5+ [see key]
This past Tuesday I went to the King of Prussia Mall with the girlfriend, who might I add is a queen of a woman, always coming with me on my coffee/tea explorations (this one was random, I promise). Anyway, we were window shopping at the mall when we stumble across this seemingly-odd store of Teavana, lured over to it by the free samples of tea at the storefront.
Now further intrigued, we ventured in. It was a tea emporium, with all kinds of tea hardware (kettles, cups, tea sets, etc) with some very intriguing tea brewing contraptions as well. But most of note was the wall of loose tea behind the counter. They ONLY serve loose tea (which tends to be much fresher and more complex then bagged tea), a welcome feature not found in many malls, never mind many coffee/tea establishments.
I'd say the only drawback was the price, with 2 oz. (or 25-30 cups worth) of some tea costing as much as $25. Needless to say, I sampled an expensive tea of Monkey Picked Oolong (which was pretty good) and brought home 2 oz of Lapsang Souchong (which my girlfriend and I affectionately call Campfire tea, though she doesn't like it).
Overall, I don't get the chance to see many quality loose tea establishments but it was easy to recognize that these guys have something of greatness here. You can order from their website as well, so don't be put off if you're not near by a location.
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