Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet tea at Elaine's Tea Shoppe, located on Monroe Street. This Groupon is valid for tea only.
Self-designated "tea lady" Elaine Terman stocks her shop with over 150 kinds of premium steepables, including many blends from her Wild Orchid tea line. As summer heats up, sippers can soothe sweating tongues with cold glasses of iced tea, choosing from multitudinous loose-leaf varieties dwelling in Elaine's boudoir of brewed bliss. Gulps of fresh Mango Mist tea ($5.20 for 50g) transport drinkers to a tropical beach scene, and strawberry tallcakes are carefully squeezed and compressed to release enough juice for cups of Strawberry Shortcake tea ($9.70 for 100g). Mouthfuls of the Arctic Raspberry or Wild Blueberry tea ($5.20 for 50g.), meld sweet fruit and black tea, offering a beverage that's simultaneously crisp, refreshing, and suitable to rub in an enemy's eyes.
Elaine's Tea Shoppe
Elaine Terman loves tea. Dubbed The Tea Lady for her extensive knowledge of steeping brews, Elaine draws on a tea-master certification and a background in medical technology when crafting her Wild Orchid brand of 150 distinct loose-leaf teas. Inside Elaine’s Tea Shoppe, amid shelves stocked with tea accessories and local honey, patrons dine on French-press tea and made-from-scratch scones. Teas are served with real Devonshire cream from England scooped with metal spoons crafted from the upturned pinkies of British robots. Elaine’s passion for herbs extends to a diverse inventory of wellness items, such as aromatherapy candles, oils, and medicinal herbs. When she’s not sharing her knowledge at speaking engagements or agreeing to disagree with cups of coffee, she’s teaching tea classes and publishing books on her tea-centric adventures.