Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bathwater, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet tea and treats at Seven Cups on East Sixth Street. This Groupon is valid for drinks and sweets only, and is not valid for bags of tea, tea ware, tea culture classes, Chinese tea ceremonies, or Taste of China.
Seven Cups serves up a thirst-eradicating array of high-quality teas, and has been named Best Tea Service five years in a row by the readers of Tucson Weekly. To treat their customers to the best leaf juices in the world, the Tucson-based company's owners make frequent treks to China, where they foster relationships with local growers and engage in traditional wire-heavy fight sequences in authentic Chinese tea houses. As such, they have a fascinating story to tell about each of their more than 100 varieties of Chinese tea. Sip and read about green teas such as organic Ming Qian An Ji Bai Cha ($7.45, small pot; $14.20, large pot), a legendary tea beloved by Emperor Song Hui Zong that has only recently become available in limited quantities. Otherwise, indulge your inhaler with scented selections such as Silver Dragon Jasmine Pearls ($4.50, small pot; $8.60, large pot), an organic white tea that is hand-rolled into tight pearls in the cold of spring and piled among night-flowering jasmine (which is then discarded at the first light of dawn). Yellow, white, black, oolong, puer, and other teas flesh out Seven Cups' encyclopedic offerings, and are best paired with an assortment of sweets and savories such as Japanese ice cream ($3.50 for two scoops) and moon cakes ($6.45) fresh from lunar hearths.
Seven Cups is the first teahouse in North America to be owned by a certified Chinese Tea Master, and it also employs a knowledgeable staff capable of guiding guests through the establishment’s prodigious menu and bewildering corn maze. A relaxing ambience of artfully arranged tables, tranquil aquariums, paper lanterns, and Chinese decorations further enhances your ingestible experience.
- Seven Cups goes beyond a simple cup of infused liquid to a respectful re-creation of a culture, its ceremonies and its artifacts from halfway around the world. – Tucson Weekly
- I just started going to this place, and I cannot possibly recommend a tea house anymore than this one. The servers are amazingly affable and the atmosphere is just right. I never thought that I would enjoy tea this much. – Walker J., Yelp
2516 E 6th St.
Tucson, Arizona 85716Get Directions