ZenTea’s menu begins simply enough, highlighting hot teas served by the cup or in pots for one, two, or three people. But regular sips quickly evolve into presentations more often seen at serious cafés or craft beer bars. Things start small with a mini tea tasting, which features a flight of three 9-ounce pots filled with your choice of brews. Servers also up the theatrics with their iced matcha lattes, which are blended from green-tea powder, organic milk, and agave sweetener before being chilled in a martini shaker. Owner Connie Miller has collected more than 100 teas from around the world, and introduces patrons to their distinctive nuances during tasting classes, afternoon high teas, and even casual stops at the café counter. There, guests can also order lighter food items such as quiche, salads, soup, baked goods, and seasoned air.
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: locals stop in to listen to live music, host showers and book clubs, and take zen-inspired classes in meditation, reiki, yoga, and even reflexology.