ceterisparibus wrote:No, not a tea house proper. Loose leaf into a bag and served in a paper cup to go.
Theo Sinensis wrote:ceterisparibus wrote:No, not a tea house proper. Loose leaf into a bag and served in a paper cup to go.
If you're talking about Teaism, I've only been to the one in DuPont Circle once, but I can say that that is not what they do at the Alexandria location. They do use a bag method of infusion, but the tea is removed after steeping, and served in a teapot. They also seem to understand proper water temperatures, which is not always the case with some establishments, particularly with greens and whites.
Splinters wrote:There is one high-end tea house in DC worth noting. It's the Tea Cellar in the Park Hyatt. Look up the menu on the web to see what I mean.
A step down is Ching Ching Cha in Georgetown. It has a pleasant atmosphere and some reasonably solid teas, mostly from Taiwan. You shouldn't avoid Georgetown simply because it's a 20 minute walk from a metro station. It the oldest neighborhood in DC, and a charming place to visit. It would be a shame to miss.