$15 for $30 Worth of Loose Tea at Capital Teas

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In a Nutshell

More than 200 varieties of loose tea and herbal infusions are available at six boutique outlets run by fifth-generation fine-tea merchants

The Fine Print

Expires Jul 10th, 2013. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 1/10/13. Valid only for option purchased. In-store only. Valid only for loose tea. Valid at any location. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Tea is steeped in boiling water, much like its near cousin, lobster juice. Warm up to this Groupon.

$15 for $30 Worth of Loose Tea

Capital Teas’ stock includes black teas such as Chocolate Mint ($17 for a 4-oz tin), green teas such as Green Gojiberry ($17 for a 4-oz tin), and herbal teas such as Peppermint ($15 for a 4-oz tin).

This Groupon is valid at any location.

Capital Teas

To say Capital Teas’ founders, Manelle and Peter Martino, know tea might be a bit of an understatement. Fifth-generation tea merchant Manelle’s great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, was a Dutch tea planter who immigrated in the 1870s to present-day Sri Lanka, where he planted and managed the Diyagama Tea Estate, from which the Martinos now source their Great Grandfather’s tea. Manelle’s family has been in the tea trade ever since, a tradition she has carried to her own specialty tea business, which has boutique locations throughout the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Additionally, Peter has become a popular speaker at World Tea Expos, where he frequently educates and inspires the tea world.

In addition to tea from Sri Lanka, Capital Teas carries more than 200 loose teas and herbal infusions from 18 countries including India, China, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya. A sniffing wall dispenses wafts of black, oolong, and green teas, and knowledgeable employees drift around the store’s tasting stations to explain each flavor’s nuances.

Capital Teas also pairs customers with accompaniments such as teapots, infusers, treats, and artisanal honey. In-store patrons may sample free tea samples—which are brewed fresh daily—while online purchasers receive a free sample with every order.

Small treats such as cupcakes, magazine subscriptions, and deli punch cards