Friday, April 9, 2010

A Modern Japanese Tea Shop at the Mall

- Los Angeles,CA

On a recent visit to Bloomingdale’s at Century City in Los Angeles I spotted LUPICIA near the store’s entrance. This small tea shop was an odd but welcomed sight among all the national clothing chains. The interior is finished in pale colored wood and samples of the tea are all accessible at the counter. A friendly salesperson was very well versed on all the different teas and suggested a new spring selection of Sencha from Ureshinko. Any of the hundreds of tea varieties can be made to order for tasting. To keep the tea as fresh as possible it is packed in nitrogen sealed 50 gram foil pouches the same day that it arrives at the plants. This allows the one year shelf life. The more popular varieties are also available in tea bags.

Since there are over 100 LUPICIA shops in Japan I can understand why they are comfortable opening in busy mall locations. The US has just four retail shops and an extensive website that includes a GWP of its Fresh Tea Monthly magazine. In addition to Southern California shop there is one in Honolulu and two in Northern California;San Francisco & San Jose.

LUPICIA is a Tokyo based company with a U.S. distribution out of Northern California. They offer more than 400 kinds of fresh teas throughout the year, ranging from seasonal teas to blends of flavored tea.

For wholesale inquiries;
Telephone; 866-574-4832 ext. 101
or in Japanese

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