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 $7, you get $20 worth of tea drinks and bulk tea at Asana, located downtown. This Groupon is not valid for food items.
Named Best Teahouse in 2009 and 2010 by both the Santa Cruz Weekly and Good Times, Asana is a leafy retreat carrying more than 85 teas from around the world available for purchase either in bulk form or in SpecialTea drinks made in-house. Tea varieties span the color wheel, with a selection of white, green, oolong, black, tisanes, Puerh, and blooming teas, many of which sell for $4–$6 per oz. Asana's café also pours and purees specialty tea lattes, tea smoothies, and coffee drinks that dance upon your tongue and stream down your throat before warming you up from crust to core. Liquid libations include the Thai iced tea made with imported ice cubes from Thailand ($3.50) and the Vanilla Starry Night Latte, which includes rooibos tisane with whispers of vanilla and citrus ($3.50). The Lavender Love smoothie is a velvety valentine of lavender tisane, ice cream, banana, and vanilla extract that will make you reconsider culinary uses for other potpourri staples ($6.50).
Patrons can loosen their leaves and let their ponderings percolate in Asana's cozy cocoon of warmly hued walls, comfy sitting apparatuses, and rustic wood accents. Although food is not included in this Groupon, Asana also offers a café menu with a savory selection of natural, organic, free-range fare and seasonal homemade delights, including vegan, raw, and gluten-free options.
- Asana defies easy classification. – Ann Parker, Santa Cruz Sentinel
- They have a huge selection of teas which are always brewed well for the right amount of time. They also have adorable tea pots and cups which adds to the ambiance…The staff…has been nothing but nice, friendly, and helpful more so than at other comparable places in town. – Tatyana D., Yelp