Like Olympic swimmers and gremlins, tea leaves only reveal their true power after being dunked in water. Unleash hidden strength with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of loose-leaf teas, tea ware, and tea accessories at Cha Cha Tea.
After growing up in Japan, Kaoru Miller opened Cha Cha Tea to supply Kingston with nearly 100 varieties of loose-leaf teas and tisanes (herbal teas). Specializing in Japanese green tea imported directly from Kyoto and grown in gardens only visible to the pure of heart, Cha Cha's most sought-after brews include the first-flush sencha superior ($20/100 g) and the gyokuro superior, a shade-grown crop known for its pleasing aroma and mild, sweet taste ($32/100 g). The Earl Grey bags black tea leaves enlivened by bergamot oil, filling cups with a silky, aromatic quaff free of dark magic ($9/100 g). More varietals span oolongs, herbal blends, and rooibos, and limited-edition seasonal picks such as the sakura sencha blending green tea with Japanese cherry blossoms. Cha Cha also stocks an array of tea ware and accessories such as infusers.