Knowledgeable staff that was always eager to discuss tea and amazing quality of product.
Clean store, convenient location, helpful staff. I like that you can smell the teas before you buy them. They specialize in green tea and have a lot of Japanese flavors. This particular location also carries Hawaii-themed tea. Unfortunately, they will be discontinuing some of the less popular blends.
Great store, pretty big location compared to other Lupicias I’ve been to, which tend to be little corners.
They had the whole tea line up to smell and a crazy amount of teas in stock, including the exclusive Hawaii blends available only in Hawaii (with the occasional limited time sale online).
Staff was great, there was samples and they offered to steep up anything I wanted to try. Staff was also very prompt and helpful. The store wasn’t too crowded for it being a Saturday late afternoon.
Full review and photos of Lupicia Honolulu on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/lupicia-honolulu-oolong-owl-tea-review/
The first Lupicia I visited. I was in Honolulu for the holidays and I think I went back to Ala Moana five times just to browse (i.e. buy everything I could get my hands on).
Sample teas to smell: Yes.
Sample teas to taste: No, but the store had just opened/switched locations, and they didn’t seem to be quite set up yet.
Staff: Adorable. Very helpful. Accommodating. (I decided I liked the gift canisters I got for my friends so much I came back to buy canisters for all the teas I got for myself as well. They gave me labels for everything; I didn’t even have to ask.)
Store: Small, gets crowded easily, not the greatest Ala Moana location (lowest level).
Bonus: Canisters are so nice. Cute labels. Massive sales on bagged teas nearing their expiration date (Still drinking them and they’re great – perfect to bring on trips when your super fancy fave tea is wasted anyway.)