Our Mission
To furnish the world’s most delicious and satisfying tea at the best possible price.


White Dragon Tea is a virtual reality (whitedragontea.com) which provides our customers with great tea and in depth information.  We endeavor to give great service.  In Durango you can order your tea on line, check the local pick up box and retrieve your tea from 822 Main, There’s No Place Like Home.  If you want to make sure that is is ready please call 385-7300.  That number works for questions, special requests or if you just wan to talk to one of the tea guys.

About Michael Thunder
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Michael Thunder is the  proprietor  of White Dragon Tea.  His background includes a direct experience of tea in Japan where he lived as a monk at the temple, Cho Shoji, in Beppu, Kyushu.  Part of his exposure to the culture was the visits of the Tea Lady who gave instruction in the tea ceremony to the habitués of the temple. His first experience of Sencha, the Japanese national drink, as well as matcha, the powdered tea ceremony tea, occurred while he was at the temple.

After his return to the US, he was visiting his son, Sam, in San Francisco.  Sam wanted to create a special evening for his father at The Slanted Door where he worked as a waiter.  After a world-class dinner, he suggested Dragon Well Tea as a finish.  Michael awakened, as though from a deprived, tea-less dream upon his first tastes of that tea.  He had never experienced anything like it.

The other aspect of Michael’s character that influences  White Dragon Tea is a hedonistic streak which loves pleasure.  He and his assistant Casey select the best tasting teas they can find and purvey them on the internet.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Michael!
    It was such a pleasure to meet you last month when my boyfriend, Ben, and I came in to enjoy some tea. We tasted several varieties and ended up buying a super yummy pu-erh. I’ve been meaning to thank you for treating us like royalty while we were there and, needless to say, sending us off with theine levels sufficient for a, shall we say, energetic evening. I’ll be back in Durango for Thanksgiving weekend and we hope to stop in and see you. If you have any events or tastings scheduled that weekend, please let me know.

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  3. Michael – I left a comment on the “Hours & Location” page instead of this one – do check it out! Susan Craig

  4. Nice to see the tea spot, wish I had had more time, will plan on it next time. I have been drinking and collecting Pu erhs and loving oolongs . I live not too far away in Monticello Utah. Glad to see a thriving tea shop and I bid you the best of fortune and sharing of this wonderful thing. Check the chawangshop in Kumming China, they are good to do business with. Yum!!

  5. I’m so excited to go visit your tea room again when I’m in Durango for the San Juan Symphony, this time with my daughter, who is here from Chile. My tea from last visit is running out, and your email and blog has such enticing descriptions that I can hardly wait to try some more!

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