High Climate Tea Company (1 review)
"Our mission at High Climate Tea is to provide a variety of the freshest traditional Chinese teas available and educate customers about the art of tea - not just its esoteric enjoyments, but most importantly, an understanding of the many health benefits tea can provide.
Formerly an English teacher, my life was changed forever when I started training under the notorious Uncle Gee and Ming Duong at Vital Tea Leaf in San Francisco's Chinatown. Since then, tea has become my passion and life's work. I now travel to China with them every year to source tea and carry on their tradition of teaching people how to balance their health naturally through tea.
To us, quality matters. That's why we source our teas directly from traditional farmers and producers who live throughout China and Taiwan. We acquire our teas and wares through a community of artisans whose relationships have been built over the years. Every year we travel extensively through China searching for the freshest, most impressive teas from each harvest.
Our mission is to provide our customers with excellent quality, naturally grown tea. We go through the trouble of seeking out the purest stuff on the face of the planet for the benefit of your health. So here you go, my friend. Have a cup of tea!"
I absolutely love this location! Everyone is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming as well. There is a wide variety delicious teas. They also have a few pieces of tea ware and accessories for sale.
Hubs and I visited twice during our Asheville honeymoon. The first time, we were on a slight time crunch so popped in long in enough to make a small purchase. Enamored, we made it a priority to stop by on our way out of Asheville to enjoy a tea tasting flight. We were asked if we would like to pick our five or have them choose five based off of likes/dislikes; we chose the latter. Hubs declared that he isn't a tea person and was just along for the ride. We were told that they would make it their mission to find something he'd like. Sure enough, he walked out with not one but two teas that he wanted for himself.
I highly suggest trying the dorayaki; I had two and often wish that I could have more. Here's hoping to visiting again in the future.