I’ve been coming here since I moved to the area four years ago. Ting, the owner, is sweet as could be and extremely knowledgable. She is extremely informative on the nuances, aromas, flavors, history, and origins of all the different teas she carries in her beautiful tea shop. There is a huge variety of loose leaf available in many different sizes from 1oz and up.
There are a ton of different teas for people to smell and several prepared in pots for sampling. Surely there is something for every tea lover here. Also, they carry lovely teapot sets on sale as well as infusers, strainers, tea travel mugs (on my wishlist!), tea to-go, and variety packs to try different kinds at home.
Recently I picked up the Strawberry Slim Pur-eh (which I absolutely love), Malasa Chai, Dragonfruit (a blend of green and black with hint of fruitness), Passionfruit Jasmine, and a traditional Chinese oolong tea that has flowery orchid-like taste. All of them have been excellent. I am drinking the Passionfruit Jasmine as I type this up. The quality of the teas here are exceptional. After having tea from here it is difficult to return to bagged teas from the grocery store.
At a recent Yelp community event we had the great pleasure of having a tea sampling and experiencing a brief version of the traditional Chinese tea ceremony that the owner offers at the store. Here we learned about the meditative quality to the experience of drinking tea and some of the benefits to taking a mindful approach to the enjoyment of tea consumption.
If you like tea, you will love the The Green Teahouse.
40-42 Isham Rd
West Hartford, CT 06107