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January 31st, 2010
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Calling tea-drinking inhabitants of the USA.
I wonder if any of you could please reassure my poor stressing flatmate that tea, specifically Lady Grey Tea and Green Jasmine Tea, and also utensils for the preparation thereof, are readily available in the US.


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Date:January 31st, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
I can't speak for the entire US, but here in Seattle there are a number of FANTASTIC tea shops. Tea has really started to catch on in the US in the past 5 or 6 years, so I wouldn't be surprised if most places don't have places to get decent teas.
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Date:January 31st, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Why yes. Yes, they are.

And if the stores ever do run out, there's quite a bit left in Boston Harbour.
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Date:January 31st, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Lis drinks a fair bit of green jasmine tea, and I've seen plenty of Lady Gray in the stores.
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Date:January 31st, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Green jasmine is easy to find; for Lady Grey she might have to hunt around a little.

Utensils are readily available: teakettles, whistling and otherwise, but they're the kind you put on the stovetop, not the common British electric kind.

Strainers, tea balls, etc. are also readily available (though she might just want to toss one or two in her luggage, since places she stays may have a kettle, a stove, and tea in bags).
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Date:January 31st, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)


... Americans don't care about tea nearly as much as some other peoples do. So tea is available, but much of it is mediocre at best, and proper utensils are not always readily available. If you want genuinely fine tea and tools, you'll need to hunt for a specialty store.

Sorry. But don't get your flatmate's hopes up.
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Date:January 31st, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Both are available at a number of tea and coffee shops in the Baltimore area. And for that matter, in Dallas, Texas. Green Jasmine tea is something you can find anywhere there's an Asian grocery store, which would be just about every city I can think of now. Lady Grey is a bit more difficult to find, but we manage to keep a good supply.

Utensils now, that's a bit trickier. In our home we make tea by placing whole tea leaves into a teapot, pouring hot water over them, waiting a few minutes, and then pouring through a small strainer. When we go out, we use tea bags. We do have a true silver tea service too, though we seldom use it.
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Date:February 1st, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Thanks everyone. Flatmate has been organising visas, selling furniture, sorting out which clothes to take, which to store and which to throw/give away, and I think the magnitude of the move may be catching up with her. In addition to this she's been hearing horror stories about the difficulties of getting anything set up without having a credit rating (non-US ones don't count apparantly) and not being able to buy an electric kettle. The idea of not having tea for breakfast suddenly seemed enormous, but I think she's reassured about the tea thing at least.
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