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Sip Tea Lounge, at 286C New York Ave. (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Sip Tea Lounge, at 286C New York Ave. in Huntington, serves fine teas, such as this pu-erh tea, in its tea room, along with baked goods made on the premises. (April 27, 2013)

Inside Long Island's new tea shops

At three new tea shops in Huntington, Northport and Garden City, customers can relax and enjoy the most popular beverage in the world, brewed the way it should be.

Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington makes Japanese matcha
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Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington makes Japanese matcha tea by the cup, usually reserved for Japanese tea ceremonies. (April 27, 2013)

In addition to selling loose tea, Sip Tea
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In addition to selling loose tea, Sip Tea Lounge serves fine tea in its tea room, along with baked goods made on the premises. (April 27, 2013)

Sip Tea Lounge, at 286C New York Ave.
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Sip Tea Lounge, at 286C New York Ave. in Huntington, serves fine teas, such as this pu-erh tea, in its tea room, along with baked goods made on the premises. (April 27, 2013)

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Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington retails loose tea
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Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington retails loose tea as well as serving fine tea in a rough-hewn tea room. (April 27, 2013)

Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington is a purveyor
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Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington is a purveyor of loose teas. (April 27, 2013)

Clear pots containing a variety of loose leaf
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Clear pots containing a variety of loose leaf teas are displayed inside A New Leaf, at 152 Seventh St., Garden City. (May 1, 2013)

A board features many flavors available for fresh
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A board features many flavors available for fresh brewed iced teas at A New Leaf, a specialty loose-leaf tea shop in Garden City. (May 1, 2013)

Kimberly Orlic, left, owner of A New Leaf
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Kimberly Orlic, left, owner of A New Leaf in Garden City, a specialty loose-leaf tea shop, prepares a cup for Chris Ferraro, 30, of Lindenhurst. (May 1, 2013)

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A pot of Three Flower Burst tea, a
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A pot of Three Flower Burst tea, a blend of lilly, jasmine and osmanthus, is steeped alongside another pot of the Garden of Eden blend, left, at A New Leaf, a tea shop in Garden City. (May 1, 2013)

A New Leaf is a gourmet tea shop
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A New Leaf is a gourmet tea shop in Garden City. (May 1, 2013)

The Clipper Ship Tea Co., 80 Main St.,
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The Clipper Ship Tea Co., 80 Main St., is a purveyor of premium loose tea, specialty honeys and artisan chocolate on in Northport Village. (May 2, 2013)

From left, Tina Rossi, a tea lover from
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From left, Tina Rossi, a tea lover from Huntington, samples tea with Melissa Wawrzonek, owner of The Clipper Ship Tea Co. in Northport. (May 2, 2013)

The Clipper Ship Tea Co. is a purveyor
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The Clipper Ship Tea Co. is a purveyor of premium loose tea, specialty honeys and artisan chocolate in Northport. (May 2, 2013)

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The Clipper Ship Tea Co. welcomes customers who
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The Clipper Ship Tea Co. welcomes customers who want fresh-brewed, loose-leaf teas on Main Street in Northport Village. (May 2, 2013)

Nicole Brocco, 25, of Commack, reaches for Snow
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Nicole Brocco, 25, of Commack, reaches for Snow Monkey, a premium loose leaf tea, available at The Clipper Ship Tea Co. on Main Street in Northport Village. (May 2, 2013)

An assortment of premium loose-leaf tea is displayed
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An assortment of premium loose-leaf tea is displayed on the counter, along with teacups full of freshly brewed tea at The Clipper Ship Tea Co. on Main Street in Northport Village. (May 2, 2013)

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