Seven Cups Fine Chinese Tea

by Christine
(Tucson, AZ, USA)

How did your tea shop Seven Cups get started?

Our obsession with tea started in the mid-1990s.

Austin Hodge, frustrated by the fact that he couldn't find the very best Chinese teas here in the US, traveled to China to search for them himself. It wasn't long before Austin's passion for white, green, oolong, black, and puer teas evolved from a hobby to a business.

Since 1997, Austin has been searching the Chinese countryside for its best teas, developing relationships with tea producers, and sourcing tea from them to be shipped to tea lovers around the world. On one of his trips to China, Austin met Zhuping, a certified Tea Master, and now Austin's wife.

Together, Austin and Zhuping started selling fine Chinese tea at the St. Phillip's Plaza Farmer's Market in Tucson, Arizona. Encouraged by the responses they received from customers, they opened the Seven Cups Teahouse in 2004.

Where are you based?
Tucson, Arizona

What is unique about your tea shop?
We are dedicated to high quality, hand crafted Chinese tea. Our staff are highly knowledgable in the art of tea, and all share Austin's passion for tea.

Which of your product is your personal must-try? Our new 2008 Yu Qian An Ji Bai Cha green tea

Which are your top best-selling products?
Our Silver Needle White Tea (Organic), Meng Ding Mao Feng Green Tea, Premium Rou Gui Oolong

Is there anything else you want to say?
Seven Cups' mission is to be recognized as the international leader in high-quality Chinese tea.

To achieve this mission, we are dedicated to three major goals. Simply stated, they are:

- To provide the best tea possible to our customers.

- To provide the best, most complete, and most authentic information about tea to our customers in order to promote tea culture around the world.

- To deliver both in a spirit of service to our producers, customers, employees and friends, in an unwavering commitment to improving their lives through our business.

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