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Dr. Andrew Weil Touts Tea; Ten Tea Rooms in Seattle

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Dr. Andrew Weil hates coffee and loves tea.
Dr. Andrew Weil hates coffee and loves tea.

The very famous Dr. Andrew Weil — physician, author, advocate of alternative medicine and founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine — hates coffee and can’t say enough good things about tea. Green tea in particular. In a piece for the Huffington Post Dr. Weil writes:

“I have written about the health benefits of green tea for more than 30 years, and it is possible that in some very small way I have helped this wonderful beverage become popular in the United States. I hope so, because today, thousands of scientific studies confirm what the ancient Chinese knew through simple observation: green tea is perhaps the most healthful beverage human beings can consume. Studies either strongly suggest or confirm that the antioxidants in green tea can reduce LDL cholesterol, promote fat burning, reduce the risk of several forms of cancer and alleviate depression.”

About coffee he has this to say, among other things:

“In the 1970s and 80s, I became concerned about widespread coffee addiction in America… My files are full of accounts of chronic health problems that resolved completely when people stopped drinking coffee.”

Shinka Tea on Capitol Hill serves classic green teas, Taiwan style milk tea and more
Shinka Tea on Capitol Hill serves classic green teas, Taiwan style milk tea and more

While you’ll only be able to pry my coffee cup out of my cold, dead hands – if then – I drink nearly as much tea, and Seattle pours enough of it to satisfy most people. You’ll never knock coffeeshops off the top of the beverage joints list, but tea rooms – or tea shops, or tea houses, or whatever – are gaining in popularity in this over-caffeinated city. If green tea isn’t your cup of tea (really bad pun intended), there are plenty of places to imbibe herbal teas or a good old-fashioned English afternoon tea.

Downtown

Perennial Tea Room
1910 Post Alley

Vital Tea Leaf
1401 1st Avenue

The Georgian Tea
at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street

Capitol Hill

Shinka Tea
1703 E. Olive Way

Remedy Teas
345 15th Avenue E.

Wallingford

Teahouse Kuan Yin
1911 N. 45th Street

Ballard

Miro Tea
5405 Ballard Avenue N.W.

Floating Leaves Tea
1704 N.W. Market Street

Queen Anne

Teacup
2128 Queen Anne Avenue N.

Ravenna / University District

Queen Mary Tea Room
2912 N.E. 55th Street