Freshly brewed tea, like well-crafted guitar riffs, can invigorate the senses, ease the mind, and scald the hands of inexperienced beholders. Master an ancient and awesome craft with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a panini, chips, and tea at RealiTea (up to a $10 value).
At RealiTea, hand-picked, loose-leaf tea made from organic and fair-trade ingredients steeps in double-filtered water heated to precise temperatures. Light white teas, earthy oolongs, soothing herbals, bold blacks, and more decorate RealiTea's color-coded menu and can be served hot, cold, or as a latte in a 12-ounce,100% biodegradable corn plastic cup ($3). Pair a pungent Lapsang Souchong Superior or a citrusy French Lemon Ginger with a panini made with fresh ingredients and locally sourced condiments and add a bag of chips. The West Ave panini traps a Caribbean-spiced tilapia fillet between two slices of bread before trawling for red onion, spinach, and freshwater cucumber ($7).
RealiTea hosts a variety of events including poetry slams and exhibits from local artists. Live music enchants the ears of patrons each Thursday, and through April, patrons can submit photographs of themselves at the shop to compete for eternal framed glory on RealiTea's wall and prizes including a golden, remote-controlled teacopter.
- They offer a variety of rooibos, white, green, black, herbal and dessert teas. – Gillan Ludlow, Richmond magazine
- All the owners believe strongly in carrying only free-trade, hand-picked, high-quality products. From that, they are equally concerned with the art of the brewing; focus on the water, time and temperature makes the perfect cup. – Robin Hertel, Richmond.com
1531 W Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220