1704 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107 [MAP]
Floating Leaves Tea is a Seattle-based tea
importer and retailer with a passion for Taiwanese,
Japanese and Chinese tea, tea ware, and tea
culture. We carry a small selection of teas, each
one of which has in some way inspired us. Our teas
are seasonal, unblended, and for the most part,
Floating Leaves Tea was formed in April 2002.
After her first Chinese tea presentation, Shiuwen
Tai discovered that her love of tea was highly
contagious. With participants thirsty to know where
to get more tea, Shiuwen decided to import tea for
more than just herself and her friends.
Since that time Floating Leaves has been
presenting Chinese tea at private parties, Seattle
art galleries, and at home. With this web site we
hope that you too can share in her passion for
About Our Teashop
The new location focuses on selling
loose-leaf teas and providing experiences that
broaden your understanding of tea. Modeled after
the teashops and tasting rooms of Shiuwen's native
Taiwan, this tea is an oasis of good tea and good
Inside Floating Leaves you will
always find friendly, knowledgable staff who are
looking forward to showing you new teas, and
discovering which Taiwanese Oolongs are your
favorites. During our tea tasting hours, advanced tea drinkers can try tasting
teas in the traditional "bowl style", or, if you're
newer to oolongs you will be introduced to Gong-Fu
style tea sampling.
Tea tastings are intended as a way for you to decide between teas when you're interested in purchasing tea. The $7 charge covers tasting up to three teas: we will brew a few cups of each tea for you so you can pick your favorite. Tea tastings are offered on a drop-in basis during tea tasting hours when we don't have classes scheduled.
We used to be located at 2213 NW
Market Suite 100.
The Old Teahouse
The Floating Leaves Teahouse was
Seattle's first authentic Taiwanese teahouse.
Modeled after the teahouses of Shiuwen's native
Taiwan, this teahouse was an oasis of tranquility
and good humor. The new teashop keeps the same
charm in a smaller location.
interior is still furnished with Chinese antiques,
welcoming hosts, and a soundtrack ranging from
classical and contemporary Asian music to local
music made by Asian influenced musicians. Come sit
down with us and learn as much about tea as you
Our Previous Location
We intend our new teashop to be as
much a cross-cultural venue as the old teahouse, a
place to bring together the best of East and West.
Come experience the richness of Asia's tea tasting
Floating Leaves Tea
was born and raised in Taiwan and steeped in the
culture of tea from a very young age. Being separated
from Taiwan by her many travels, she was inspired to
re-discover her own roots and as her love of tea grew
she and Rob began exploring the entire world of
Chinese tea together.
Shiuwen sees tea as a cross-cultural endeavor. Tea gives
us an opportunity to bring our favorite aspects of
Taiwanese, Japanese and Chinese culture to America. Come
share our passion for tea. Please stop in often.
In the picture at right Shiuwen tries her hand at picking Baojong tea in
the Pinglin area of Taiwan's Wenshan tea district.