Like steam engines and cryogenically frozen sea monkeys, tea leaves come to life with just a little hot water. Harness the transformative power of hydration with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a tea pairing for two with chocolate, cheese, or fruit to Wystone’s World Teas in Lakewood (a $28 value).
At Wystone’s World Teas, a tea-tender welcomes palate owners into a soothing café with mint-green walls, where guests may sample some of more than 150 tea flavors alongside chocolate, fruit, or cheese. After a host ushers guests through the storefront, they receive an educational earful about teas from China, Japan, and Mary Poppins's wildest dreams. Each cheese pairing includes a medium-sharp cheddar cheese with China oolong, and the chocolate pairing matches milk chocolate with Formosa oolong. Bites of tart fruit can grant a stimulating counterpoint to smooth teas, much like how mermaids stimulate sailors hypnotized by the smooth seas. The tea emporium keeps its door open seven days a week, scheduling each tasting by appointment.
Wystone's World Teas
Three green leaves and a small, blooming bud rest upon the globe. It’s an appropriate logo for Wystone's World Teas, given that they carry more than 150 loose and whole-leaf teas from around the world. These are the ingredients the tea bar’s teatenders use to craft beverages ranging from Japanese green teas to tea-infused cocktails. Tea also spills over into the bar's menu of breakfast, lunch, and light-dinner fare, since many dishes––including breakfast burritos, paninis, and Greek pitzas––are accompanied by Kenyan tea-roasted red-bliss potatoes or tea-smoked chicken. The sweet notes of the beverage even flavor such desserts as the African Rooibos carrot cakes, which come topped with Caramel Rooibos–tea cream frosting.
Private and daily tea tastings give guests the chance to learn about the drink's preparation, origin, and three purest forms: dry leaf, infused leaf, and leaf that looks a little like Larry Bird. During these one-hour sessions, participants sip on five to seven different teas while snacking on chocolate, gelato, cheese, and fruit. Wystone also sells teapots and glassware in-store and online and gives back to the community by donating a portion of their profits to the local nonprofits they feature in their store on weekdays.