When I was growing up, if you ordered tea from a Brooklyn coffee shop, your options were severely limited. In fact, I knew someone who brought their own tea bags to restaurants. If you did order an herbal tea, it wasn't a loose tea, but it usually came with a literary quote on the tea bag's tag. Today, Brooklyn has many options for those who love to indulge in a robust cup of tea. From herbal tea to matcha, here’s our eight ultimate spots for Brooklyn tea lovers.
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This Australian based tea shop recently opened a location on Smith Street in Boerum Hill. The spacious store has shelves lined with a vast selection of loose teas. There's no buyers remorse at this shop because the staff will brew samples cups of the various blends, and you'll know exactly how your cup of tea will taste. They'll even offer up interesting suggestions of tea combos. In addition to loose teas, the store also sells tea related products including tea canisters and unique gift sets.
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Two for the Pot
You don't have to hop across the pond to London for good tea and biscuits, just head to this local tea shop in Brooklyn Heights. The store has a nice variety of teas and biscuits from England. If you're a honey aficionado, Two for the Pot sells local Cobble Hill Honey. Just to note, the shop is cash only.
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Puerth, a divine Williamsburg tea shop has a collection of teas from around the world. The shop "recognizes tea as not just a beverage, but a lifestyle and an artful practice." Their shop "is a space to relish in the global cultures of tea." Peruse their collection of tea or if If you want to learn more about tea, consider signing up for a class at Puerth. They offer classes on how to make matcha and other tea related subjects. Puerth also hosts a weekly tasting on Wednesdays at 3pm.
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If you're apart of the matcha craze, you should head to the family-owned Matcha Bar in Williamsburg. Since 2014, the Matcha Bar has been a mecca for all matcha lovers. If you don't know what matcha is, it's powdered green tea high in antioxidants and has been a staple in Japan for centuries. Matcha Bar offers a wide range of matcha drinks and foods. They also opened a location in Manhattan in 2015.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Treat yourself to a trip to Bellocq Tea Atelier located in an industrial section of Greenpoint. The charming tea shop is a sanctuary for tea lovers. Purchase tea at this artfully designed shop and savor your cup of tea.
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PS Coffee Tea N Spices
This tea shop has been a fixture on fifth avenue in Park Slope for almost twenty years. The old school shop has many hard to find teas and spices. The owner is extremely knowledgeable and will help you pick out the right tea. It's a must visit shop for any serious tea lover.
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The Park Slope outpost of this Canadian based chain of tea shops, has a menu of hot and iced teas, as well as a large selection of loose tea, and tea related products. The friendly staff will help you find the perfect blend of tea. After you've settled on the ideal tea, take a seat by the window and enjoy it. And yes, they also sell matcha.
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Tugboat Tea Company
This Prospect Lefferts Gardens cafe on vibrant Flatbush Avenue serves up tons of Brooklyn favorites, including tea from PS Coffee Tea N Spices and doughnuts from Dough. Keeping up with the theme of locally sourced goods, the cafe's coffee is from D'Amicos in Carroll Gardens. The cozy cafe also displays artwork from local artists.