Smatcha in Bellevue, Washington
nishnek rated this place
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Very nice little store! The interior is beautiful, with lots of tea and teaware laid out artistically along the walls. The general aesthetic is modern with an Asian lean, and the staff was cheerful and helpful. The tea itself is also quite good with a large selection (although it was a bit pricier to match, TT.TT) and I believe the owner actually sources a lot of the tea from his own tea farms. They had an interesting array of wagashi and sweets to go with the teas as well.

I’ll definitely come back again, will have to cajole two others into coming with me to try the cupping session, :).



Favorite Tea Type: Darker oolong and sheng puerh

Rating Scale:

90-100: Amazing. Will buy and keep on hand all the time if finances and circumstances allow.

80-89: Strong argument for keeping it around all the time, even more than the prospect of trying more new tea. It’s that good.

70-79: Pretty solid. Glad I tried it, several factors that were unique or that I highly enjoyed.

60-69: Nothing that stands out for the most part, but with a quality or two that speaks to me.

50-59: Fairly run of the mill, pleasant but not much more to be said.

40-49: Something here is off putting in an otherwise decent tea.

30-39: There are a few things wrong with this tea. I did not enjoy.

20-29: Disliked this, could maybe see something, some redeeming quality in it others might find worth drinking without spitting back out.

10-19: Begin to question whether any tea is actually, in fact, better than no tea.

0-9: This causes actual food poisoning.



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