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 $6, you get $12 worth of café nibbles, loose-leaf tea, and more at Annapolis Tea Company.
Loose-leaf tea prices vary by the style, grade, type, and how many stouthearted strongmen died to bring it to your mug, but some 12 oz. selections start at $2.99, including Rooiboses and herbal tisanes. Some of the currently featured teas include Cherry Star, pomegranate bai mu dan, and the "anchor's away" blend of black tea and caramel bits, a brew known to induce in its drinkers spontaneous bursts of maritime shanties. The perky staff can also whip up a 16 oz. tea smoothie, boba tea, or matcha latte (all $3.99).
Aside from some of the finest dried leaves plucked from all over the foliated world, Annapolis Tea Company features fresh and tasty café fare fashioned from local and seasonal ingredients. Munch on morning fare such as the quiche of the day ($4.95) or the breakfast burrito ($4.95). For lunch, collide mouth-first with Jonny's veggie sandwich (sliced apples, melted cheddar, pine nuts, and sprouts, $7.25) or a bowl of green-chili chicken soup ($5). Some of these chompables escape not the touch of tea: the Duke City dip, a profusion of roast beef, provolone, semi-caramelized onions, and green chili on a hoagie, arrives ready for a relaxing soak in Darjeeling au jus ($8.95), and the oolong chicken salad ($7.25) is just as plant-enhanced.
For bean enthusiasts, there's fresh hot coffee from local roasters and, for introversion enthusiasts, free wireless Internet access. Art from local creative types dots the walls, and mugs, pots, and other tea accessories reach for the ceiling like vines soaked in extra-caffeinated English breakfast.
3107 Eubank NE
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