Readers' Choice—Best Tea Selection: Whole Health Apothecary

Vote for the best tea selection in Albany by Aug. 17. Vote for other categories in our Readers' Choice 2012 contest at http://patch.com/A-wsWm.

UPDATE:  won the pick for best tea selection in Albany. 


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Art Simon August 06, 2012 at 06:01 AM
There is a wide variety in Tea. I like black tea. I use to order my black tea mail order from Freed's in San Francisco as well as Murchie's in Vancouver. That was before I discovered how great the black tea was at thelocal Arabic and Persian markets. You can spend a lot at Peet's, Teance or the Tea shop in Ranch 99, but in my opinion you won't find a better quality tea than that sold under the Sadaf, Ahmad & Alghazaleen brand names in the local Arabic and Persian markets here in the Bay Area. I just spoke to the proprietor at Zand's about this, and she said it's because tea is such a Persian staple. You simply can't charge the prices they do at chi-chi tea stores for such a staple, but that doesn't mean the tea isn't as good. Because it is something that is used daily, the standards at the Arabic and Persian markets are very high. I greatly miss the Saffron deli on Solano, but I'll share the recipe for the best tea I've ever had that I got from the proprietor. Brew whole leaf black tea, and add a little bit of rose water and cardamon to taste. I favor the Sadaf brand of whole leaf cardoman tea, rose water and cardamon powder which is available at local Arabic and Persian markets.
Emilie Raguso August 06, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Love this recipe! And thank you for your thoughts on tea, Art! Fascinating to read about this.
Sandra Dovali August 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Don't forget CafeIna for tea too - Maria is the only one with the best Yunnan!
Sandra Dovali August 17, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Baccheso's on Telegraph serves that tea!
Emilie Raguso August 29, 2012 at 05:33 AM
All the nominations came in from readers -- maybe Cafeina will be nominated next year. Cafeina did, however, win in THREE categories in our Readers' Choice contest: http://patch.com/A-xcG4


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