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Tea Tasting in Chinatown
— Free Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf
— Over 400 Varieties of Teas

Free Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf tea shop in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Tea Tasting in Chinatown
What a FUN tea tasting experience! This is a "must-do" when you're in Chinatown, especially if you're a tea lover. And even if you're not an avid tea drinker, you might just become one after sampling these amazing teas. Learn about all the different varieties of teas and their health benefits... all while being entertained by owners Uncle Gee and Ming. They really make the whole tea tasting experience so much fun!

Modeled after a wine bar, Vital Tea Leaf offers visitors complimentary "try before you buy" tea tastings — it's the best deal in Chinatown.

Ming educating group on Tea Tasting in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA



We learned SO much about so many different teas — how they look and what they smell like before (and after) being brewed, how to brew them (we were brewing our Green Tea totally wrong — using boiling water vs letting it sit for 2 minutes), health benefits to the body and mind — and fun tea facts.

Dried Teas - at Tea Tasting in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

For over an hour we enjoyed tasting a variety of teas (the time just flew by) — including:

  • Angel Green Tea
  • Blue Tea
  • Blue People Ginseng Oolong
  • Coconut Green Tea
  • Ginger Green Tea
  • "Hangover" Tea
  • Iron Goddess Green Tea
  • Lychee Black Tea
  • Milk Oolong
  • "Old People's" Tea
  • Ox Root
    Flower & Herbal Tea
  • White Jasmin Mint Tea
    ... and more!

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Sample a variety of delicious teas at Tea Tasting in Chinatown, SF, CA

Of course, if you like any of the teas you're sampling (and chances are that you WILL), you'll probably want to buy several to take home. We bought two — Iron Goddess Green Tea (an everyday drinking tea that's good for longevity) and Coconut Green Tea (good for relaxing). There's no pressure to buy anything — it's just an enjoyable experience all around. If you don't want to carry anything around with you, you can always order tea online when you get home.

Prices can be expensive if you buy the tea by the pound — smaller amounts are available (we bought a 1/4-lb of one tea and $20 worth of another).

Ming educating visitors at Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf tea shop in Chinatown, SF, CA

Tea Tasting in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Fortune Cookie at Tea Tasting in Chinatown, SF, CA

FUN Tea Tasting in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA


During one visit, our friend was celebrating a special birthday, and he received a free bag of Ox Root Tea — good for the libido!


Vital Tea Leaf Locations
Vital Tea Leaf has three locations in San Francisco's Chinatown, and one location in downtown Seattle, near the Pike Place Market.

Vital Tea Leaf Hours
10:30am-7pm daily

 

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Varieties of teas at Vital Tea Leaf in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Ming pouring tea at fun Chinatown Tea Tasting - Vital Tea Leaf, Chinatown, SC

We stumbled upon Vital Tea Leaf totally by accident one day while strolling through the streets of Chinatown — one look inside at all the people sitting at the long tea bar, laughing, enjoying their tea, and beckoning us to join them... and we were sold!

People at Tea Tasting Bar at Vital Tea Leaf on Grant Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Alana and Walter enjoying a FUN Tea Tasting in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Handcraft Tea at Vital Tea Leaf in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Various teas in the brewing process at Tea Tasting in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Ming and Uncle Gee educating visitors at Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf tea shop in Chinatown, San Franicisco, CA

Tea brewing process at Tea Tasting in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Uncle Gee (pictured below left) and his son Ming (in yellow) are wonderful hosts. Friendly and knowledgeable, they make you feel like family. We can't wait to go back again — it's quite an education. Bring along your family and friends — the more the merrier!

Uncle Gee and Ming at Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf tea shop in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA


400 Tea Varieties
The tea shop carries over four hundred varieties of teas (from China, Taiwan and Japan) — something for everyone's taste.

400 Tea Varieties at Vital Tea Leaf tea shop in Chinatown, SF, CA

Very OLD Tea at Vital Tea Leaf tea shop in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA


Vital Tea Leaf - Tea Tasting in Chinatown in San Francisco, CA

Impressive!
The tea shop has been featured on international culinary and travel television shows such as History Channel: Only In America, World Chinese TV: Success Local Business, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Rosa Daily, MTV Italy, Take Home Chef, Yan Can Cook, Travel Channel from Germany, Mexican Airline Magazine, American Airline Magazine, NBC TV Channel, Cincinnati TV Channel, Fine Living channel, and many more newspapers and magazines around the world.

More Info
Vital Tea Leaf

1044 Grant Avenue
Chinatown
415-981-2388


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