In England, teatime, or afternooningtons, is a tradition as revered as losing Revolutionary Wars. Enjoy a British brew with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $30 for afternoon tea for two and $25 worth of loose-leaf teas (up to a $61 value)
- $48 for afternoon tea for four and $25 worth of loose-leaf teas (up to a $97 value)
- $20 for admission for two to the Los Angeles International Tea Festival (a $40 value)
- $50 for a tea-sommelier class for one at the Los Angeles International Tea Festival (a $100 value)
From Saturday, October 27, to Sunday, October 28, the Los Angeles International Tea Festival fills the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit halls and galleries with 14 tea-centric exhibitors and presentations from 12 industry speakers. During the 90-minute tea-sommelier class, author James Norwood Pratt and Chado Tea Room founder Devan Shah expound on the global history of tea, tea varietals and regions, and methods of production. Ticket holders and tea-sommelier-program participants receive general-admission access to the festival and museum, as well as a goody bag. Tea-sommelier students also receive a certificate of completion.
At afternoon tea, held at the Hollywood Boulevard Chado Tea Room location, each customer can partake in a pot of tea, a scone with homemade cream and jam, a cookie, and a slice of cake, as well as four toasted sandwiches. Sandwich selections include smoked salmon and cream cheese; goat cheese and olives; egg and onions; and chicken with cranberry-lingonberry sauce. Groups can also choose $25 worth of loose-leaf teas, such as black ceylon ($3.84+/4 oz.), organic, roasted green kukeicha ($11.29/4 oz.); and second-flush darjeeling ($14.02/4 oz.).
Chado Tea Room
Devan and Reena Shah, and Tek Mehreteab are passionate about tea. By sourcing leaves from eight regions in India, China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Japan, they are able to proffer more than 300 standard and specialty varieties online and inside Chado Tea Room. The name Chado, taken from the Chinese cha, meaning "tea," and the Japanese do, meaning "path," speaks to the owners’ strict standards for their product. Many of their green, black, white, and oolong teas are USDA-certified organic; the Shahs also stock unique varieties such as Chinese pu-er teas and hand-tied blooming tea balls. In addition, they brew special house blends for morning, afternoon, and evening, helping customers find the right blend to start the day or serve to bats that have invaded their home.
Staffers pair teas with an array of cream-topped scones, cookies, cakes, and roasted savory sandwiches during teatime at Chado's three tearooms. Though each location is decorated differently, the same three-tiered sandwich platters and steaming pots of tea travel between panda paintings hanging in the Los Angeles location, underneath strings of holiday lights at the Pasadena location, and between ceiling-high wooden shelves stocked with mugs, filters, teapots, and bags of loose-leaf tea at the Hollywood location.