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The First and Oldest

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Tea Room

Loose Leaf Tea

The L.T. Sue Co. features a variety of over 100 different loose leaf green teas, white teas, black teas, and specialty herbal and tea blends including our award winning "San Joaquin Valley Tea.” Be assured that we source only the finest quality teas from around the world and our tea blends are freshly made on site in China Alley. Relax, and enjoy a tea in our tea room, or take our loose leaf tea home for you to enjoy later.  

Cuisine

The L.T. Sue Company uses simply the freshest and finest ingredients in all of our culinary delights.  In addition to our fixed tariff, we offer a special menu which changes daily.


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The First and Oldest

The L.T. Sue Co. Tea Room & Emporium is "The First and Oldest" tea company, located at number 1 China Alley in Hanford, California's China Alley Historic District.

In 2011, China Alley was listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as "One of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places." Proprietors Arianne Wing and Steve Banister were inspired by the designation, and in March 2012 opened the L.T. Sue Tea Room and Emporium as a means to help revitalize China Alley. They adopted their name from Dr. L.T. Sue, the first of many herbalists located in China Alley

Steve and Arianne were born and raised in Hanford and have a tremendous fondness for what historic downtown has to offer. Arianne's origins come from a multigenerational family restaurant that survived for 123 years in China Alley and Steve's roots were cultivated from his father's 50 plus years in downtown retail.

Tea with cause

The L.T. Sue Tea Room & Emporium serves as a catalyst business to bring vibrancy to China Alley and the area.  Twenty percent of profits go towards helping preserve and revitalize this truly American treasure.

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Phone

(559) 583-8379

 

Location

402 East 7th Street
Hanford, CA 93230

 

Hours

T-Sa 10am–6pm
Su-M closed

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Teas

Our teas are served hot or iced.  Hot teas are served by the pot. Our small pot serves 1 to 2 people and our large pot serves up to 4. Teas are available to go and are also available by the ounce for home steeping.

BLACK TEA

DARJEELING NAMRING
Indian black tea with a deep but subtle flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced  
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

ORGANIC DARJEELING FTGFOP
 Certified organic from Makaibari Estate, great flavor. FTGOP – Fine Tippy Golden Flower Orange Pekoe, first grade.

  • $6.00 small
  • $8.00 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go / iced   
  • $6.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

KEW ESTATE CEYLON FBOP
Situated in the Bogawomtalawa region of Sri Lanka at 4000’. Excellent flavor. FBOP – Flower Broken Orange Pekoe.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot  
  • $3.00  to go/iced
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

DECAF CEYLON
This Ceylon is characterized by a bright flavor with a flowering finish.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

VINTAGE CEYLON FBOP FAIR TRADE 
A blend of low and high elevation Ceylon teas with an exceptional vintage character. FBOP – Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

ASSAM MANGALAM GFBOP
Bolder leaf with some golden tips. Steeps a full body cup with lots of flavor. GFBOP- Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.5 per oz. loose leaf

 

ASSAM ORTHADOX TGFOP
Black Orthadox rolled leaf with “tip,” full bodied. TGFOP  - Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot.
  • $3.00  to go/iced.
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

YUNAN HONG CHA TGFOP
Chinese black tea with plenty of golden tipped buds. TGFOP – Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

YING MING YUNNAN
Only produced in March and April when the mountain air is most and cool.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

IRISH BLEND
A full blend of select Ceylon and Assam black tea.

  • $4.00 small 
  • $6.00 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4. per oz. loose leaf

 

CHINA LAPSANG SOUCHONG
Lapsang leafs are dried over pinewood fires, taking on a distinctive smoky flavor.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot
  • $3.00 to go / iced
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

IMPERIAL KEEMUN MAO FENG
A juicy and clean taste with reddish liquor with a bouquet evoking orchids.

  • $6.00 small
  • $8.00 large pot     
  • $3.50 to go / iced    
  • $6.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

GOLDEN MONKEY
Grown high in the Wuyi mountains. A flavorful full bodied tea with an exotic character.

  • $8.00 small
  • $10.00 large pot   
  • $4.00 to go / iced   
  • $8.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

DECAFFEINATED ENGLISH BREAKFAST
A classic blend Indian and Chinese black teas.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced.  
  • $4.5 per oz. loose leaf

 

ENGLISH BREAKFAST
A hearty blend of Assam, Keemun, Ceylon teas. Strong and full bodied.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

PU-ERH

GOLDEN PU-ERH
A hint of mustiness with elemental notes. Aged five years deep in Yunnan’s mountain caves.

  • $8.00 small
  • $10.00 large pot     
  • $4.00 to go/iced   
  • $10. per oz. loose leaf

 

ORGANIC PU-ERH 
This is a fine certified organic aged Pu erh with a sweet earthiness.

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.00 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced    
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

FLAVORED BLACK

APRICOT BLOSSOM
Chinese black tea naturally flavored with the essence of apricot.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot     
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

RASPBERRY  
Fully fermented black tea with natural raspberry flavoring.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot    
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

MANGO
Fully fermented black tea with natural mango flavoring.

  • $4.00 small 
  • $6.00 large pot    
  • $3.0 to go/iced    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

PASSIONFRUIT
Black tea naturally flavored with tart passionfruit and exotic tropical flowers.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot  
  • $3.00  to go/iced 
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

BLACK CURRANT
Black tea naturally flavored with currant and flower scents.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot  
  • $3.00  to go/iced 
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

VANILLA
Fully fermented black tea with select Indonesian and Tahitian vanilla beans.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot   
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

PEACH BLOSSOM
Black tea naturally flavored with peach and other fruit and flower scents.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced    
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

BLUE LADY
A black tea flavored with grapefruit and accented with blue mallow flowers.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00  to go/iced  
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

PASSIONATE PEACH
A special blend of black teas with the natural flavors of peach and passionfruit.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot     
  • $3.00  to go/iced    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

DECAFFEINATED EARL GREY
A traditional blend of rich black tea flavored with natural oils of bergamot.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot     
  • $3.00  to go/iced    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

EARL GREY
A traditional blend of rich black tea flavored with the natural oils of bergamot.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot     
  • $3.00  to go / iced    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

DOWNTOWN HANFORD BLEND
Assam and Keemun teas with a hint of tropical mango.

  • $4.00 small  
  • $6.00 large pot.    
  • $3.00 to go/iced.    
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf.

 

ROSE GARDEN
A blend of Assam and Keemun teas.  Delicate rose and flower petals provide delicious floral notes.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00  to go/iced  
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

BLUE MANGO
Black tea naturally flavored with bits of real mango and exotic tropical mallow flowers.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

GINGER PEACH
The piquant and spicy character of ginger mellowed with the sweet character of peach.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot  
  • $3.00  to go/iced 
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

DRAGON EYE
Black tea scented with tropical lychee fruit.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot     
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

ALLEY APPLE
Black tea flavored with real apple with natural apple flavor.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

BLUE  MOON  
Black tea flavored with natural blueberry with real blueberries and blue cornflowers.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

BUNGY’S BLOSSOM TRAIL
Black tea flavored with natural apricot and peach with real berries, strawberry leaves, orange peel, and lavender.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.00 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf


 

TROPICAL PARCHITA
Black tea flavored with natural passionfruit with real tropical fruit.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.00 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

BLACK CITRUS
Black tea flavored with orange and lemon peel, lime, and natural citrus flavor.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf
     

PRECIOUS MELON
This tea has the delicate notes of watermelon but the flavor depth of cantaloupe.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

IMPERIAL INDULGENCE
Black tea blended with chocolate essence, flowers, and white chocolate bits.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

ROYAL BLACKBERRY
Ceylon black tea infused with flavorful blackberries and natural berry essence.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

HO TAI’S GOOSEBERRY
Black tea with dried Kiwi, Safflowers, and the invigorating taste of Kiwifruit.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

IMPERIAL COCONUT
Black tea flavored with real tropical coconut.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

GREEN

DRAGONWELL
A sweet rounded flavor with a nutty and buttery texture.

  • $4.75 small
  • $6.75 large pot  
  • $3.50 to go/iced 
  • $4.75 per oz. loose leaf

 

GEN MAI CHA
A pan fried Sencha green tea with fried and popped rice.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced.  
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

DECAFFEINATED GREEN SENCHA
Prized green tea with a delicate flavor and aroma.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

ORGANIC CHINESE SENCHA
Prized Chinese green tea with a delicate flavor and aroma.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced.    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
Tightly rolled  gunpowder tea with an excellent flavor and finish.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6. large pot     
  • $3.00  to go/iced
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

ORGANIC MATCHA
Green tea that uses the entire leaf delicately ground into a silky smooth powder.

  • $4.75 small
  • $6.75 large pot
  • $3.50 to go/iced
  • $10.00 per oz.

 

FLAVORED GREEN

DRAGON PHOENIX PEARLS
A fine green tea rolled with jasmine blossoms creating a fragrant and delicate cup.

  • $10.00 small
  • $12.00 large pot
  • $5.00 to go/iced.    
  • $10.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

CHINA JASMINE
A traditional green tea naturally scented with jasmine flower petals.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

CITRON GREEN ST.
A fine Sencha green tea with dried orange peel and natural Mandarin orange flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

CHERRY BLOSSOM
Whole leaf green tea naturally flavored with cherry and rose petals.

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.00 large pot
  • $3.50 to go/iced
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

STRAWBERRY FIELDS
A Sencha green tea naturally flavored with strawberry, strawberry leaves, and cardamom.

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.00  large pot.
  • $3.50 to go / iced  
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

ORINOCO VERDE
Green tea with natural orange, lemongrass, and lime. Citrusy and refreshing.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot    
  • $3.00  to go/iced 
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

MORROCAN GREEN MINT
Green tea with natural peppermint.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot     
  • $3.00  to go / iced   
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

WHITE

CHINA PAI MU TAN
This rustic leaf is rich, fragrant, and slightly sweet.

  • $6.00 small
  • $8.00 large pot
  • $3.50 to go/iced.    
  • $7.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

BAI HAO SILVER NEEDLE
Pure white buds from the Hunan Province of China.

  • $9.00 small
  • $11.00 large pot
  • $4.50 to go/iced.   
  • $9.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

POMEGRANATE PAI MU TAN
Bai Mu Dan white tea, pomegranate peels, safflowers and natural pomegranate flavor.

  • $5.50 small
  • $7.50 large pot 
  • $3.50 to go/iced
  • $6.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

Award Winning San Joaquin Valley Tea

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.00 large pot   
  • $3.50 to go/iced
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

FIG GARDEN
Black tea naturally flavored with bits ofdried black mission figs and flowers.

GARDEN OF THE SUN
Citrusy green tea flavored with orange peel and golden raisins.

CHANDLER GROVE
Black tea flavored Chandler walnuts and plump, juicy raisins.

BLOSSOM TRAIL
Peach flavored black tea with dried apricots, almonds and flowers.

WESTSIDE
Blueberry flavored white tea with blueberries and pistachios.

 

YELLOW TEAS

ORGANIC SPARROW TONGUE
This elegant tea is made of needle-like dark and light leaves that steep a smooth, delicate cup with no astringency.  

  • $10.00 small
  • $12.00 large pot
  • 4.5 to go / iced.    
  • 10. per oz. loose leaf

 

OOLONG

ORANGE BLOSSOM
A fine, delicate oolong combined with orange blossoms that is both fragrant and delicious.

  • $4.75 small
  • $6.75 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.75 per oz. loose leaf

 

KWANG MU
Large, dark full leaves with a robust and pleasant taste.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.25 large pot
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

TI KWAN YIN
Large uncut, well twisted whole leaves with an earthy flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot
  • $3.00  to go /iced
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

WATERMELON
Smooth and rich body with natural watermelon essence and dried papaya.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot   
  • $3.50 to go /iced  
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

EARL GREY  
Formosa Oolong tea, jasmine and mallow flowers and bergamot flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go /iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

CHAI

GREEN DRAGON CHAI
A revitalizing and citrusy green tea spiced with ginger, cardamom, sun dried orange peel, and cinnamon.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot  
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

HO TAI CHAI
Black tea spiced with vanilla, ginger, cardamom, sun dried orange peel, and cinnamon.

  • $4.25 small
  • $4.25 large pot  
  • $3.00 to go/iced
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

DECAF HO TAI CHAI
Decaffeinated Black tea spiced with vanilla, ginger, cardamom, sun dried orange peel, and cinnamon.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

RED DRAGON CHAI
Rooibos spiced with ginger, cardamom, sun dried orange peel, cinnamon, sassafras, and peppercorns.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

TEA BLENDS

YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Pu-erh and white peony teas blended with ginger and natural lemon.

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.00 large pot.     
  • $3.00 to go/iced.    
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf.

 

IVORY PAGODA
Chrysanthemum petals, white peony tea, ginger, and apple bits.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4. 50 per oz. loose leaf

 

Flowering Teas

  • $6.00 per pot 
  • $4.00 per blossom

 

DOUBLE HAPPINESS
Green tea with two chrysanthemum flowers, amaranth globe and jasmine flowers.

PAGODA PEACH BLOSSOM
Fine green tea with chrysanthemum and a string of seven jasmine flowers with peach flavor.

FIRST LOVE
Green tea with a string of jasmine flowers and pink amaranth globe.
 

AYURVEDIC

PITTA (FIRE)
Blood cleansing & cooling.  Chrysanthemum, saffron, marigolds, green cardamom, hibiscus, peppermint, sarsaparilla, raspberry leaves, tulsi, natural lemon & peach flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot.    
  • $3.00  to go/iced    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

VATA (AIR BALANCING)
Calming & slightly warming. Chamomile, saffron, licorice, ginger root, fennel seeds, rosebuds, spearmint, rosehips, lemon grass, tulsi  natural orange flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot    
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

KAPHA (EARTH / WATER)
Stimulating & heating. Ginger root, saffron, black pepper, licorice root, clove, green cardamom, fennel, cinnamon, safflowers, peppermint, licorice, tulsi, sambuca flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot     
  • $3.00  to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

HERBAL TISANES

PAGODA GARDEN
An all fruit tisane made with the tropical flavor of passionfruit and orange.

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.0 large pot    
  • $3.50 to go/iced    
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

LEMON ZINGER
A refreshing blend with zest featuring lemon grass, lemon myrtle, lemon, and hibiscus.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced  
  • $4.25 per oz. loose leaf

 

TEMPLE GARDEN
Dried fruits, hibiscus, lemon peel passionfruit, flowers, and lime.

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.00 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced    
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

CHAMOMILE
Herbal tisane made of 100 percent chamomile flowers.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go / iced    
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

WHITE ST. PEPPERMINT
A naturally decaffeinated mint tea that’s wonderful hot or iced for any season.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

HIBISCUS
Sweet tart sensation of flavorful and beautiful hibiscus petals.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

LOK TING SUE’S ZENERGY
Ginseng, licorice, peppermint, hibiscus, lemongrass, passionfruit, St. John’s wort, and lemon.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.75 per oz. loose leaf

 

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
A flavorful blend of raspberry leaf, lavender, lemon peel, and natural raspberry flavor.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

VERRY BERRY
A bright and delicious blend of cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, strawberry leaf, and blue cornflowers.

  • $5.00 small
  • $7.00 large pot    
  • $3.50 to go/iced  
  • $5.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

GREEN ST. SPEARMINT
Refreshing, soothing, and very gentle to the palate. Naturally caffeine free.

  • $4.00 small
  • $6.00 large pot   
  • $3.00 to go/iced 
  • $4.00 per oz. loose leaf

 

YERBA MATE

YERBA  MATE GREEN
An herbal tisane with natural caffeine. A South American favorite.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot  
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

YERBA MATE CARNIVAL
Roasted Yerba-Mate with caramel bits, marigold, and Spanish safflower petals.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.5 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced    
  • $4.75 per oz. loose leaf


RED

LUCKY RED ROOIBOS
A sweet, aromatic and organic healthful herb grown in the mountains of South Africa, naturally caffeine free.

  • $4.25 small
  • $6.25 large pot    
  • $3.00 to go/iced   
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf

 

ROOT BEER ROOIBOS
Organic Rooibos blended with sasafrass, fennel and other spices.

  • $4.50 small
  • $6.50 large pot     
  • $3.00 to go/iced    
  • $4.50 per oz. loose leaf