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Inside Long Island's new tea shops

Sip Tea Lounge, at 286C New York Ave.

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) Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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.
Photo 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)

Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington retails loose tea
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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

Clear pots containing a variety of loose leaf
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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)

A pot of Three Flower Burst tea, a
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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

The Clipper Ship Tea Co., 80 Main St.,
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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

The Clipper Ship Tea Co. welcomes customers who
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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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