I am a consumer who likes to know as much about the products I purchase as possible, including the origin of the item. Name brands are my preference, in particular for a quick purchase, as inherently, there is a built-in trust factor for me that the company has processes in place which does most of the scrutiny about the quality of the ingredient for me. I suppose this trust has been ingrained in me from my years of working for a global company whose guiding principle was focused on “quality.”
This “trust” principle holds true for me about how I feel about where I shop too. Dean & Deluca is a food, wine, and kitchen store that simply offers fabulous products, and an array that is stunning. Whether cheeses, chocolates, sugars, salts, olive oils, spices, or teas….when they offer a product, you get choice! Lots of choices to choose from. Rarely does one find a wide selection of brands of quality teas to choose from in one location. You may find 75 different flavors of one brand of tea in a shop…but usually not many brands with a nice variety of flavors. On my recent trip to the Napa Valley, this is the tea selection offered at Dean & Deluca in St. Helena. It was double of what I saw last time there. Many were French brands, all were high quality. I did take a few home with me to try. One brand I hadn’t tried before was TWG…they had a New York City Breakfast Tea that I purchased to send to a dear friend who has just gotten into tea and loves NYC…
The Kusmi display was expansive, the most Kusmi I’ve seen anywhere. I’ve recently gotten into their teas through the variety my sister-in-law brought to me from her recent trip to Paris…seems their U.S. marketing is in full gear 🙂
Dean & Deluca is not only serious about their tea selection…right next to those racks is the most interesting plethora of tea cookies and biscuits too. I love a good oat cookie and they had several.
As I was leaving, my heart tugged as I saw they carried the exact “Betty” teapot which I used as the model for my book cover…which has the double meaning of reminding me of my Mom, Betty… a heartwarming shopping experience this day.