On my way to Whole Foods at Denny and Westlake, I stopped at Koots Green Tea, the new Seattle location of a Japanese tea chain. On the one hand, it’s a chain, with Starbucks-style design (high design standard, but canned feel). On the other hand, a tea chain is a cool idea, the prices are low, and the wi-fi is free. I got my genmaicha in a nice ceramic cup. They also serve a cup of organic matcha for $2, which is a steal.
I question the wisdom of serving only green tea, given that tea as a whole is a tiny market in the US.
If you’re looking for a Seattle tea shop to call your own, I’m still partial to Remedy Teas. But if you’re stopping at Whole Foods (and sooner or later you will, right?), give Koots a try.
Oh, what’s the deal with the name, you ask? I don’t know. I couldn’t find an explanation on their web site. You’d think this would be everyone’s first question.