Leaves serve many purposes in the culinary world, from being brewed into tea and tossed in salads, to fashioning free-form mattresses for itinerant sous-chefs. Taste the flavour of versatile greenery with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a punch card good for six coffee and tea drinks at Cha Island Tea Co. on 81 Avenue NW (up to a $23.63 value, including tax). A boutique, family-run business, Cha Island Tea Co. steeps and brews a liquefied menu of tropical tea and coffee in a bright, airy shop filled with artwork from the owner's Eastern travels. This leaf-and-beanery specializes in freshly made iced tea brewed with real tea leaves, as well as more than 80 kinds of loose-leaf tea that can be caught and leashed for bulk sale. Guests can enjoy their steamy treat in a cozy lounge chair amidst a fireside board game battle, or catch some rays and stray parrots with a chilly cup on the sunny patio during warmer months.
- The decor is bright and cheerful, lots of local artwork on the walls (some of it for sale), everything bright and clean. Best of all for us - upstairs there are some cozy lounge chairs around a low coffee table, in front of the fireplace. – Becca, Urbanspoon
- What a great place! My black coconut tea was perfect. Not only are their drinks great they are cheep [sic] too. I'll be coming back. – Ron H., Yelp
Cha Island Tea Co.
At Cha Island Tea Co., it's not unusual to see short-sleeved musicians strumming acoustic guitars amid bongos and palm trees. Though this scene might seem out of place in the middle of an Edmonton winter, it's all part of the shop's year-round tropical atmosphere. Baristas keep shelves stocked with more than 100 loose-leaf and herbal teas, which they serve in bulk or by the press pot alongside french press coffee. They also pour local and international craft beers, which pair with a range of freshly assembled panini, soups, and sweet waffles topped with chocolate, bananas, or ginger. The small corner stage welcomes local and out-of-town acts ranging from hip-hop DJs to folk and Caribbean musicians.
10332 81 Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 1X2Get Directions