Bird Pick: Tea and Herb

Store Profile

  • Location: Pasadena, California and online
  • Website: birdpick.com

Store History

  • Founded: 1985
  • Headquarters: Los Angeles
  • Sister stores: Pasadena, Culver City, Santa Monica

In 1985, our parent company Wing Hop Fung was founded. Wing Hop Fung translated means, “Together Forever Prosper.” From our humble beginnings with a small herbal shop in Los Angeles Chinatown, we have since evolved into the finest premier retailer of teas, herbs, ginseng, Asian imports and world-famous fine wines. The original Los Angeles location has more than 20,000 square feet of shopping space with a quality selection of merchandise to delight locals and tourists alike. In 2005, our second location opened in Monterey Park, a one of a kind shopping experience with custom built Asian décor that is authentic yet modern. The name Bird Pick™ originated from an ancient practice of cultivating the finest tea leaves. Extraordinary birds with acute senses would pick out the best leaves for their own nourishment. Similarly, we strive for the same standards as those of the birds when we make our special blend of teas. What makes us special at Bird Pick™ is that our teas start with the finest tea leaves from our own estates uniquely located in China. High misty mountains are the perfect environment for the production of our tea leaves. The rich aroma and exceptional flavors lingers in your palate and transforms the moment into pure bliss.

With all the talk of delicious, refreshing tea concoctions, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite spots for picking up loose leaf and hard to find teas locally in Los Angeles. Bird Pick, named for the birds that in Chinese folklore could pick out only the best tea leaves to feast on, not only imports tons of tea but also offers a tea bar for some pretty amazing tea drinks.

The store has every kind of tea you can imagine: white, green, oolong, black, fruit, herbal and lots of organic choices, too. Our favorites are osmanthus, tranquiliti blend and lavender. But if you're uncertain about what tea you want or simply feel overwhelmed by the choices, the staff is really knowledgeable and and eager to help. Because Bird Pick is all about educating people about tea: how to brew it, serve it, mix it, they offer a complimentary sample tasting of any of the teas you're considering.

At the bar, you can order up one of the drinks on the menu or create a drink of your own. They keep green, white and black tea on tap and are ready to mix in any kind of flavor, sugar, honey, almond powder, condensed milk, etc. into you drink. We love that they use martini shakers to ice the drinks and love all the flavor combinations they come up with. It keep us inspired and gives us a lot of nice alternatives to iced coffee when it's hot.

And in addition to loose leaf teas, they also carry pre-packaged teas, tea pots, tea sets, a great selection of honey and even the pee pee boy. Most of their teas and products are also available online.

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(Images: Laure Joliet and Bird Pick)