We have won “Best Of Tucson” in two categories for the fourth year in a row. It is a great honor for us. Even though we sell tea in 35 countries and have been recognized multiple times in China this year, there is nothing like being appreciated in your home town. Thanks, Tucson!
Best Tea Service
“The Seven Cups is a definite local treasure: It’s the first American tea company to have its own Chinese trading license, and is one of the country’s best sources of high-quality Chinese tea. Walk in past the bulk tea shop, and you’re transported to China. Seven Cup’s tea-service menu is impressive (it’s pages and pages long), including everything from rare green teas to tea balls that blossom into ornate flowers in hot water. Choose a Japanese dessert to go with your tea (you really can’t go wrong here–they’re all delicately sweet and delicious), and gaze upon the shop’s incredible collection of tea sets as you wait for the tea to steep.”
Best Bulk Tea Selection
Seven Cups offers gracious traditional Chinese tea service in its back room, but many of us never make it that far, because we’re hung up on the selection of bulk teas in the front of the shop. They’re strictly Chinese, but that’s hardly a limitation; the tidy shelves display packages of green teas, oolong teas, black teas, puer cakes, yellow teas and white teas. Every month, a small selection goes on sale, so if you wait long enough, you might get a 20 percent break on that Qilaishan Long Wu (Dragon’s Fog) Taiwan Oolong, which would normally set you back $619 for 500 grams. Of course, you can also purchase smaller quantities and less-exotic leaves, as well as the ware in which to brew it, with confidence that Seven Cups and its Chinese tea masters have selected goods of the highest quality.