Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tea Chai Te


One of the best parts about being new in town is the chance to explore all the tea spots!  I am so grateful for a diversity of tea establishments.  Wonderful though my Midwestern town was, it lacked a good tea shop.

Here there are several and last week I visited Tea Chai Te.  This place has a fabulous balcony, and since the summers here are pleasant and not humid, the balcony is a great perch from which to people-watch.  It looks over trendy 23rd Avenue.  The DH enjoyed a bubble tea (surprisingly, not too sweet) and whiled the time away as I visited with a new tea friend.
People-watching porch

I had a hard time choosing from among the many tea choices.  I settled on an oolong and a bowl of vegan stew. Both were good.  The environment inside is relaxing and cozy, with vintage furniture and a casual feeling.  Perfect for a long chat, which mine was.  My companion and I got to know one another and discussed the tea industry for nearly two hours.  How time flies with good company and tea!  

Smelling wall

I'm certain I'll be back.  Next time I hope to try the shop's kombucha.  Tea Chai Te also sells kombucha starter kits, along with a variety of teapots, cups, and loose leaf teas and tisanes.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What you’re saying about Loose leaf tea is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I also love the images you put in here. They fit so well with what youre trying to say. Im sure youll reach so many people with what youve got to say.

keridawn05 said...

Looks like a great place made just for you! :)

Frivolitea said...

Wow that looks like a fabulous place. I love the name and logo.

Linda J. said...

Delightful! I'm glad you have the opportunity to explore new tea places!

Marilyn said...

Now this is one I have said I should go to for a very long time, but haven't. Now you have inspired me to again remember to visit this shop.

Anonymous said...

It's true. Tea chai te is amazing. I moved away to the east coast and still have dreams about this place. They have the most knowledgeable staff in the PNW and carry superb teas (and sell loose leaf for an amazing price). Absolutely delicious. Super relaxed place. I highly reccomend trying somthing new. You won't be dissapointed. My favorites: Any of their puers, iced coconut pouchong, gyokuro, iced mate riviera, gaba oolong... oh I could go on and on. Hmm... maybe I should move back to Portland.

sweetcakes said...

Maybe we can go here next time I visit. :) It looks lovely!

Angela McRae said...

How fun to find new tea places to explore! And I will look forward to hearing your report about Kombucha. I had not heard of it until I recently came across a vintage book about it ... sounds quite interesting!

parTea lady said...

That does look like an interesting tea room. They certainly have a great selection of loose teas.

I'm curious about kombucha too, although there are mixed reviews on the health benefits.