Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tea Infusion Tea Bar And Cafe
Far be it from me to pass on a visit to a tea bar, at least not if I can help it. So when I found out that Tea Infusion Tea Bar and Cafe had opened in the new Tempe Marketplace, in Tempe, Arizona, I made a point to check it out.
Since I didn't have a camera on hand, you'll have to do with the power of visualization. Tea Infusion is located in a small, narrow space and is outfitted in a pleasingly spare modern style. As the name suggests, food is served, but I didn't pay much attention to that, preferring to focus on the tea.
The tea menu is reasonably wide-ranging. I personally could do without all the flavored blends, but to each his/her own. Menu categories include flavored black tea, chai, rooibus (?), herbal, mate, black, white, green, and oolong.
Among the varieties that caught my eye were organic Assam, Keemun, and Yunnan. Also, Darjeeling White Tips, Silver Needles, and White Ginger, the only flavored blend that stood out for me. I managed to narrow things down to Gyokuro or Dragonwell and ultimately decided to go with the latter. The menu describes it as "a First Grade version" of Dragonwell Requiem.
Which was quite good, actually, even though I got it to go, in a paper cup (groan) and it seemed to have been brewed with water that was too hot.
Not a bad experience, overall, though I found it odd that the serving sizes - in addition to small and large pots - were limited to 16 and 20 ounces.
Tea Infusion apparently doesn't have a Web site yet, but you can find out more about the Tempe Marketplace here.
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