We were pleased once again last year to win a top honor in the Bay Area Guardian's "Best of the Bay 2008" awards, where we were called out as "Best Finch-Free Teahouse" (recognizing the fact that the signature birds from our Chinatown location aren't permitted in the Ferry Building). The citation notes, "Imperial Tea Court...continues to be San Francisco's pre-eminent teahouse," and gives a special nod to our "almost 200 varieties of tea, ranging from basic blends for neophytes to ultrarare aged pu-erhs for aficionados."
"It's not for nothing that the Imperial Tea Court is the tea vendor of choice for many local high-end restaurants and hotels," the Guardian commented.
We're blushing! We're committed to living up to the praise in 2009 and beyond...and we look forward to competing for another award later this year.
Speaking of pu erh, Imperial Tea Court Teamaster Roy Fong was quoted and referenced several times in a February 13 article in World Tea News, "Puer Market Crash Creates Opportunity." Have a look to learn more about the current state of the pu erh market.