Raiding local trees and throwing their leaves in boiling water cuts down on aphid infestations, but it won't make a good cup of tea. Enjoy leaf-water made from ingestion-appropriate plants with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a tea tasting for two at Teance in Berkeley. Though not required, reservations are recommended.
Teance bags a dizzying array of 65 tea varieties from countless countries on any given day, which means your three-tea flight will move across your tongue's chessboard with an eclectic gambit of flavor. Before you and your guest commit to specific blends, the veteran tea teachers at Teance will happily provide you with a breakdown of each varietal's origins, ingredients, benefits, and likelihood of it causing one's Beanie Baby collection to appreciate in value. A theoretical flight can start with a floral-scented sip of the year's first flush of Darjeeling before plunging into the smooth, creamy depths of wako matcha, which is made by stone-grinding green tea leaves into a fine powder, then whipping it into a thick, frothy, healthy soup. Cap your taste buds' heavenly ascent with the honey-like, chocolate-infused, monkey-picked tikuanyin medium roast, which only grows on the steep, misty slopes of Treasure Mountain. With so many white, green, oolong, red, black, premium, herbal, and loose-leaf teas, the possible combinations are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. And if you stop in on a weekend or lucky weekday, your tasting will also be paired with a complimentary, handmade, seasonal treat
In keeping with the serene connection between tea and mind, the interior of Teance is almost entirely sky-lit. The walls are rustically constructed from raked plaster, the cabinetry is built from sustainable bamboo, the floor is patchworked with handmade tiles, and the central tasting bar is embedded with gems, magically imprisoned demons, and thousands of contented sighs from tea-drinkers. Soar blissfully above a world of boiling leaves and woo a fellow explorer in the process with a tea-tasting flight at Teance.
- Looking back at my past teas, I really didn't know anything about tea until stepping foot inside Teance. – Jackie A., Yelp
- …the real magic happens at the "tea bar". Sit here for an hour with a friend and watch while the tea experts serve the most beautiful tea leaves in the most ancient of fashions... It is truly fascinating. – Josh T., Yelp
- The staff is extremeley friendly and more than happy to share their extensive knowledge on all things tea. What I expected to be a quick in-n-out browse, turned into a 1/2 hour of tranquil tea heaven. – Cianne M., Yelp