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 to Zentea in Chamblee. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a tea tasting for two (a $24 value).
- For $20, you get a tea tasting for four (a $48 value).
Tea tastings take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays–Sundays.
Zentea's elixir expert pours five or six samples of different tea collections, filling guests’ brains with knowledge and earning acclaim from Atlanta magazine in 2009. Tastings draw from more than 100 international varieties of loose-leaf tea, including black and white teas as well as holiday blends, to explore different flavors, levels of caffeine, and clairvoyance garnered by inhaling the steam. Other tastings allow guests to design their own personal blend, try caffeine-free selections, or test out hot tea lattes. Every flavor exploration includes a sweet treat, leaving customers more satisfied than a snowman in a popsicle factory.
At ZenTea, the staff is eager to share their knowledge, presenting their menu much like a serious café or craft-cocktail bar would. To that end, owner Connie Miller has collected more than 140 teas from around the world, and more than just water goes into brewing each pot. Her time spent studying tea in Sri Lanka allows her to steep each glass with knowledge, whether it's about the tea's creation process or the ways that climate and altitude can impact its flavor. Though guests can grab a hot tea by the cup or in pots for one, two, or three, the tea tastings are where the shop shines.
They start with mini tea flights, which feature three 9-ounce pots filled with your choice of tea, and weekly tastings cover a new variety each session, in which guest sip five or six teas complemented by a dessert. Servers also up the theatrics with their iced matcha lattes, which are blended from green-tea powder, organic milk, and agave sweetener. Servers then vigorously chill the concoctions in martini shakers with the expertise of Coyote Ugly stunt women. And the café counter serves light fare such as quiche, salads, soup, and baked goods to pair with brews.
Considering that ZenTea’s century-old building once housed Chamblee’s town hall, it’s not surprising that the shop has become something of a community hangout—patrons explore the distinctive nuances of each varietal in tasting classes and afternoon high teas. Further inspiring relaxation, instructors host on-site zen-inspired classes in meditation, reiki, yoga, and reflexology.