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 beverages and bites at Fire House Tea & Coffee Café, located in East State Village.
Set in the historic Engine House number 10, the local founders of Fire House aim to meld a community-oriented atmosphere with drinks and products spun from healthy and eco-friendly ingredients. More than 60 tea varieties from across the globe populate its cosmopolitan cafe drink menu. Recharge batteries with a fresh-brewed cup of hot tea ($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). Fire House’s fair-trade java is roasted locally, and it pairs well with homemade baked treats. Outfit a hot coffee ($1.35–$1.55) with a delectable biscotti for dipping ($1.95), or neighbor a zebra mocha ($3.40–$4.40) with a maple-walnut scone ($2.25) for a belly safari.
Armed with powerful leafy libations, the team behind Fire House has crafted an eclectic atmosphere that promotes holistic growth of its 'hood. The inviting, spacious sipping room features folk and jam-rock bands on Friday evenings, so if your coffee needs another stir when you're busy mingling, the rhythm can take it over.
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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.