Choose from Three Options
- $12 for $20 worth of credit on the Capital Teas mobile app to redeem for loose tea and teaware
- $35 for an organic starter set ($69.95 value)
- $29 for a best-seller starter set ($59.95 value)
Organic starter set must be redeemed online and includes Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic, Earl Grey Organic, and Lemongrass Ginger Organic
Best-seller starter kit must be redeemed online and includes Turmeric Ginger Organic, Capital Breakfast Organic, and Cherry Blossom Rose Organic
The $20 Groupon must first be redeemed on the Capital Teas mobile app, and then the credit must be used in-store.
To say Capital Teas’ founders, Manelle and Peter Martino, know tea might be a bit of an understatement. Fifth-generation tea merchant Manelle’s great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, was a Dutch tea planter who immigrated in the 1870s to present-day Sri Lanka, where he planted and managed the Diyagama Tea Estate, from which the Martinos now source their Great Grandfather’s tea. Manelle’s family has been in the tea trade ever since, a tradition she has carried to her own specialty tea business, which has boutique locations throughout the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Additionally, Peter has become a popular speaker at World Tea Expos, where he frequently educates and inspires the tea world.
In addition to tea from Sri Lanka, Capital Teas carries more than 200 loose teas and herbal infusions from 18 countries including India, China, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya. A sniffing wall dispenses wafts of black, oolong, and green teas, and knowledgeable employees drift around the store’s tasting stations to explain each flavor’s nuances.
Capital Teas also pairs customers with accompaniments such as teapots, infusers, treats, and artisanal honey. In-store patrons may sample free tea samples—which are brewed fresh daily—while online purchasers receive a free sample with every order, in addition to earning rewards points by using the Capital Teas mobile app.