I can’t imagine how I missed this place until now.
Aroma Tea is a quirky—inside and out—tea shop on 6th Avenue in the Inner Richmond. The owners are eccentric yet extremely knowledgeable, traveling often to China to select and buy the teas they sell.
It’s “all tea all the time” here, with the varieties of tea in wildly packaged tins. The selection is outstanding; black/red, oolong, jasmine, green, white, pu-erh, even herbal. They have daily tea tasting during business hours where you can sample the teas you wish to buy, which also means looking over and smelling the leaves.
They have two locations:
302 6th Ave @ Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
845 Washington St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
The first time I visited yesterday I purchased 2 ounces of premium white tea. I’ll be back for more.