Review: Peet’s Coffee & Tea, downtown San Jose

 

Peet's Coffee & Tea downtown San Jose. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is well-known in San Jose for their coffee, but they also sell both loose-leaf and bagged tea, and have a whole range of organic teas. All of their teas are Fair-Trade certified, I believe. Prices are about equal to Starbucks, but the tea quality is higher. While coffee is much more prominently featured on the Peet’s website, they are a good source for tea, as well, and store staff are knowledgeable and take great care with their coffee and tea selections.  They have flavored and unflavored black tea, oolong, green, white and pu-erh blends.

One of the more popular locations is the Peet’s in downtown San Jose, on Santa Clara between Market and First St. I have been to this Peet’s several times since it opened in the Spring of 2008. It is one of the only places in town that a person can get a pot of loose tea, and although they have more varieties of coffee than of tea, the tea is good quality and prepared well. You can order hot tea by the cup or by the pot, made with tea bags or with loose leaf, all at different prices. Chai and iced tea, as well as a limited selection of cold tea beverages, are also available. Tea tastings are available, although they are not posted on the website or anywhere in the store; however, if you walk in and ask, the staff will set up a tea tasting for you, and it’s free! Peet’s company policy also includes giving to local charities every month of the year, and this Peet’s location has donated tea to the local non-profit 13th Street Cats for their Cat Rescue Tea fundraiser for two of the past three years that the event has occurred.

There are over 10 Peet’s locations in San Jose alone, along with two in Milpitas, two in Santa Clara, and more stores throughout the Bay Area.

South Bay Peet’s locations:
DT San Jose
66 W. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 213-4770

# SPECIALTY’S CAFE & BAKERY #306 – SAN JOSE
115 S. MARKET STREET
SAN JOSE, CA 95113
877-502-2837

# SAN JOSE AIRPORT
TERMINAL B, 1701 AIRPORT BLVD
SAN JOSE, CA 95110
408-441-2691

Rose Garden
1295 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 213-7285

Santana Row
377 Santana Row, Suite # 1130
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 213-1071

Willow Glen
1140 Lincoln Avenue, Suite C
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 975-9281

S.J. Blossom Hill
1110 Blossom Hill Rd., Suite 20
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 256-4584

Santa Clara
3932 Rivermark Plaza
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 213-0810

# SPECIALTY’S CAFE & BAKERY #302 – SANTA CLARA
3399 BOWERS AVENUE
SANTA CLARA, CA 95054
877-502-2837

El Paseo
1330 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose, CA 95130
(408) 871-0907

Camden Park
2035 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 371-9088

# NOB HILL SAN JOSE #635
6061 SNELL AVENUE
SAN JOSE, CA 95123
408-225-0546

Milpitas
543 E. Calaveras Blvd.
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 416-0700

# SPECIALTY’S CAFE & BAKERY #502 – MILPITAS
690 N. MCCARTHY BLVD
MILPITAS, CA 95035
877-502-2837

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information:
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
“The Perfect Cup: Tasting Tea”
“Tea Tasting Terms”
“Who We Are: Community – Product Donations” 
Peet’s Coffee & Tea article on Wikipedia
“Peet’s Tea Assam Golden Tip (review)” on Lainie Sips
“Tea tasting 101: characteristics of a good-quality black tea”
“What are the different kinds of green tea available in San Jose?” 
“Tea 101: what is pu-erh tea?”
“Tea-tasting San Jose area day trips: San Francisco’s Chinatown”
“San Jose’s Cat Rescue Tea raises over $4,000 for local nonprofit!”
“San Jose’s Cat Rescue tea party: a fundraiser you can put on for your favorite non-profit!”
“What you need to make a good pot of hot tea”
“Tea 101: How to brew a pot of hot tea using loose tea”

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