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 deal: for $5, you get $10 worth of food and drinks at Firehouse Tea and Coffee Café, located in East State Village.
Set in the historic Engine House #10, the local founders of Firehouse Tea and Coffee Café aim to meld a community-oriented atmosphere with drinks and products spun from healthy and eco-friendly ingredients. More than 60 fine teas from across the globe populate its cosmopolitan café drink menu. Recharge batteries with a fresh-brewed cup of hot tea (various sizes, $1.60–$1.80), prevent inner-engine overheating with the iced tea ($1.65–$1.85), or bathe your stomachmobile with the bubble tea ($3.25–$4.25). Firehouse’s fair-trade java is roasted locally, and it pairs well with baked treats, which arrive fresh and fashioned from scratch every day by head leavener Caitlin Till. Outfit a hot coffee ($1.35–$1.55) with a delectable biscotti ($1.95) for dipping, or neighbor a zebra mocha ($3.40–$4.40) with a maple-walnut scone ($2.25) for a belly safari.
Smart people like drinking tea, and beyond being a fully relaxing and calming military-grade sedative, tea is said to have numerous medicinal benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and arthritis. Armed with powerful leafy libations, the team behind Firehouse Tea and Coffee has crafted an eclectic atmosphere that promotes holistic growth of its 'hood. Tall windows look into an inviting, spacious sipping room bedecked with natural-wood firemen's lockers and colors of cream, red, gray, and dark green; the room features folk and jam-rock bands on Friday evenings.
Firehouse Tea & Coffee Café
Located within the historical Engine House #10 in East State Village, Firehouse Tea & Coffee Café serves up fair-trade and organic café treats in a memorable setting. Baristas steep more than 60 types of loose-leaf teas, blend coffee milkshakes, and prepare bubble teas—pairing the drinks with snacks such as curry-chicken sandwiches and quiche. Local art adorns the café's walls, and live bands entertain on scheduled nights. Patrons can also get in on the musical action themselves during open-mic nights.