The Tea Zone is easily the best in the area. There are nearly 70 selections of premium to rare teas and selections change constantly to reflect the changes in the world market. Guest who I have brought to the Tea Zone have complained about cleanliness. The bulk tea sales are a bit expensive compared to other tea rooms of its type or internet sales. The owner seems to be very fastidious about here quality of teas and that's a good thing. Also attached to the Tea Zone is the Camilla Lounge. On Friday (and perhaps other nights) they have local talent perform. I was there one night with friends and quite impressed.
If you want good tea served to you, you'll be disappointed. They have a decent (not excellent) tea selection (in glass jars,yuck) available. However, only limited bagged teas were avilable for service. They informed me they had no way from me to try, sample or purchase a pot of a premium Darjeeling.
You are correct in that tea in glass jars can be a yuck, but you will notice that ours are kept in a darker place than the rest of the shop and that we have a high turnover of tea in them.
We actually have a rather good selection of teas including a wide range of prices and types, some you may not find anywhere else in Seattle.
Bagged teas for tea to go - we currently offer 29 teas from a number of different companies. We also do brewed matcha on request.
We do not currently choose to brew up any tea in the house since we are not a restaurant and are not staffed as such -we also do not choose to serve our teas barista style, we actually properly brew the four teas of the day in the back of the house with proper time and temperature.
If there is a particular 'excellent' tea you are looking for do ask, we may actually have the equivalent from a different supplier, or sold under a different name on our shelves.