Sharing a pot of tea gives friends a relaxing way to bond without the dangers of simultaneously fainting halfway through a tandem skydive. Collectively sip ground-level libations with today’s Groupon. For $6, you get $12 worth of imported teas and light café fare at Dobrá Tea.
Dobrá Tea’s dedicated staff regularly visits its far-flung suppliers to ensure that the shop’s cozily Bohemian interior is scented with the wafting aromas of only the finest imported teas, each of which comes with a story of its travels. The flowery, white bai mu dan ($3.75/cup, $4.50/pot) transmutes its downy, silver-tipped leaves into a sparkling, sweet infusion, and the rich, earthy rooibos ($4.25/pot) boosts one’s immunity to colds, king’s evil, and lumberjack’s block. Japanese green teas such as the matcha kyoto ($4.25/chawan bowl) percolate sluggish brain waves with a grassy aroma and intense, deep-green infusion that pairs naturally with the sweet flavors of vegan baklava ($2) or gluten-free almond thumbprint jam cookies ($2.50 each). The savory, locally sourced hummus plate ($7.50) lets active eaters stock up on nutrients before entering a Segway triathlon.
Dobrá’s intriguing international backstory began in Communist-era Prague, when a group of young Czechs smuggled in the Chinese, Indian, and Japanese teas that were traditionally reserved for the Party elite and its personal balloon-animal sculptor. After the Velvet Revolution, the secret society came out of the shadows and opened its first tearoom, Dobrá Čajovna, in 1992. The tearoom’s success allowed them to expand throughout Hungary and Poland, as well as branch out to Burlington, Vermont, and Madison, Wisconsin.
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