Best Of Tucson®

Best Bulk Tea Selection

Seven Cups

Tea isn't just a beverage. In some places, it's a religion. Tucson's most distinguished temple of tea is Seven Cups, a serene, otherworldly retreat on Sixth Street where you can drink it, learn about it or buy it in bulk. (Did you know that the powdered tea that comes in bags is called "dust" in the trade? That's what it is--the sweepings off the warehouse floors.) Seven Cups only sells the best rare, traditionally grown teas from China--many of them organic--plus everything you need to do justice to them, including antique trays, electric kettles, tiny Yi Xing teapots and many lovely cups.

Runners up:

2. Food Conspiracy Co-Op, 412 N. Fourth Ave., 624-4821,

3. Casbah Tea House, 628 N. Fourth Ave., 740-0393,