Gong Fu Tea in Des Moines, Iowa
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I wish I was a local who could enjoy sitting in the shop sipping tea many times per week. The shop has plenty of charm and friendly staff. The shop has a nice variety of teas and pleasant ambiance. The state capitol and other government buildings are the reason for most of my visits, and I am therefore grateful for the shop’s proximity to these buildings in the East Village.

—4/9/2017 So, I am changing my rating to five stars. My original rating was four stars given four years ago. I am much more conservative with my ratings of everything on this site than most people I see, and the absence of a fifth star did not necessarily imply a failing. A recent visit to the store reinforced how special it is both as a place and what they offer. This place is a real gem!



Library director living in Spencer, Iowa. Trying to spread the good news about tea. Focused on camelia sinensis, only marginally interested in tisanes.

My favorites (so far) are congou and pu-erh (both types). I like some greens, lots of oolongs, and whites and yellows, but I enjoy drinking black tea day in and out.

Besides, oolongs are best enjoyed prepared in a manner that demands a little more time and care. So, I like to save those times for when I can fully enjoy the experience.


Spencer, Iowa



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