Although it is neither bird nor plane, tea does possess unearthly super powers, such as saving hot water from its traumatized past as a noodle boiler and witch melter. Harness the healing powers of tea with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of specialty imported teas and tea-brewing merchandise from J-Tea.
The tea aficionados at J-Tea personally visit small farms in Taiwan and China, sampling a wide variety of seasonal oolong teas for stocking their cozy shop. The exact menu of specialty oolong, herbal, and green teas varies according to the season and the crop, including the chocolaty aged wu-yi, which is stored in earthen-clay vessels for 15 years to eliminate exposure to light and tea-crazed howler monkeys ($3/cup, $10/0.94 oz.). Infuse a hovering nose with the nutty aromas of smoke and wood of the charcoal-roasted oolong ($2/cup, $10/1.87 oz.), or savor the fruity latticework of the Emerald City oolong #38 ($3/cup, $8/oz.). Also available is an assortment of brew devices, tea mats, and storage vessels that transform any kitchen into a teahouse and keep the purity of tea from being corrupted by the rebellious teenage coffee beans in the next cabinet.
J-Tea owner Josh Chamberlain lived and studied in Taiwan for six years, where he honed his appreciation of and expertise in tea types and culture. Josh visits Taiwan for tastings two to three times a year, and sends all teas in for laboratory tests to ensure they are free from pesticides, heavy metals, and hot-water phobias.
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