Like steam engines, bouillon cubes, and cavemen preserved in glaciers, tea requires hot water for activation. Heat things up with today's Groupon: for $15, you $30 worth of tea and tea accessories at Seven Cups Denver.
Austin and Zhuping Hodge, owners of the original Seven Cups in Tucson, Arizona, devoted months to searching the tanniny, leaf-laden waters of China to source more than 90 varieties of black, green, white, oolong, and scented tea. At the award-winning Denver location, sipsters peruse the tea menu and sit back to tipple varieties such as chestnutty Meng Ding Gan Lu ($6.20–$11.20), a green tea cultivated 2,000 years ago. Enhance tea parties without having to blast techno remixes of "I'm a Little Teapot" by steeping robust, fermented puer tea cakes ($7.10+), or put the value of your Groupon toward a handmade clay teapot ($115+) for home-side brewing.
Guests can lounge in Seven Cups' bright, spacious tearoom bedecked with hanging lanterns, oriental rugs, and watercolor renditions of Chinese landscapes. Sippers can also take comfort in Seven Cups' promise of fair-trade, organic, pesticide- and additive-free tea, granting patrons a taste of China nearly as authentic as licking the Great Wall.
Seven Cups is closed Mondays.
1882 S Pearl St.
Denver, Colorado 80210