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With over a year of service to B-Town tea aficionados under their belt, Phoenix Tea co-owners Virginia “Cinnabar” Wright and Brett Boynton are ready to offer expert guidance to those in the know – or tea culture newbies near and far – and they are offering our Readers a valuable savings of $5 off any purchase over $25.00 to sweeten the pot! 

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Virginia and Brett are tea fanatics of the highest order. Both write well-read tea blogs that celebrate culture-specific tea rituals and accoutrements, the vast array of varieties and styles available, and all the lore surrounding the everyday indulgence of this captivating beverage. Virginia writes as Gongfu Girl and also as the Seattle Tea Examiner. Brett writes the Black Dragon Tea Bar blog. Both share their passion for tea as the driving inspiration in their business.

A labor of love, Phoenix Tea was created to be a place where everyone – from novice tea drinkers to well-steeped aficionados – can feel comfortable, drink tea, and discover. They offer free tastings and are always willing to share advice and new discoveries with their guests. Almost all of their teas are whole-leaf, single origin true teas. From the usual to the extraordinary, Phoenix Tea stocks over 120 teas on a daily basis. Think you’ve tried it all? You may be surprised at what you’ll find. Or perhaps you have been searching for an obscure strain? Cinnabar and Brett delight in hunting down the hard to find. Just ask!

Inside their cozy shop you will find a variety of displays that include a “Tea Museum” of sorts, sharing Items from the owners’ private collections. In addition, there are all sorts of unique and practical teapots, cups, trays -you name it! -either for everyday, or special occasion use. Of particular interest during our visit, was the Bamboo Gong Fu Cha tray. This tray is to collect all of the water and tea as it is poured over the tea ware during tea preparation. The top lifts out so the liquid can be emptied out after the end of the tea session. Intended as part of a “slow-down” tea ritual, these trays are an example of Chinese tea brewing supplies, designed for use in the Gong Fu, or Kung Fu Cha brewing process. The name finds its roots in the Chinese, signifying hard work, labor, level of achievement, and skill. This is the type of simple pleasure that can become addictive, as it provides a meditative moment to enjoy what is very real and satisfying. In these days of furied pace, isn’t taking time to slow down the true luxury?

Stop by Phoenix Tea to find that perfect Holiday gift, or pamper yourself with this ages old simple luxury. Come in and drink tea with the staff, they can help you find teas you like or the tools and wares you need to prepare them with.

Phoenix Tea is located at 902 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien; 206.495.7330.

Their hours are

  • Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday noon-5:00pm
  • And by appointment

For more information, visit www.phoenix-teashop.com.

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