Starbucks will most likely hold its monopolistic hold on coffee retail, but tea seems to remains to be unclaimed. A shop called Lily Chai has opened its first store at the Irvine Spectrum near the theater and it embraces the drink with offerings of custom-blended loose leaf tea sold by the pound, tea-scented soap and tea-flavored sea salt, not to mention a bar where they pour tea drinks, both hot and cold.
Yes, the word for someone that makes you tea here is still "barista".
Lily Chai Tea, 59 Fortune Drive Suite 336, Irvine, CA 92618, (949) 383 - 4333; http://www.lilychai.com/.
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