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 $12, you get $25 worth of tea at Steeped and Infused. Customers can redeem their Groupon online or choose between two brick-and-mortar locations:
- 1258 Queen Street East
- 338 Queen Street East
Steeped and Infused offers an abundant selection of high-quality loose-leaf teas, with specially dried shreds of everything from organic black teas to fruit-flavoured flakes and healthful herbal infusions in their quaint Toronto shops. Stop in for a satchel of green & white mango supreme ($8.95+) for a flavourful antioxidant boost, or opt for a sack of the soothing, naturally caffeine-free honeybush raspberry ($7.50+) to calm an overactive central nervous system or child. Yerba Mates ($7.50+), gourmet greens ($5.50+), whites ($8.95+), and oolongs ($16.95+) are offered to enable tea addicts to brew a tasty blend every time.
The well-documented health benefits of tea make it a significantly more beneficial daily brew than your typical morning can of clam juice, and the good teamongers at Steeped and Infused ensure that all their products and packaging are recyclable and eco-friendly. So stop in for a to-go bag of top-of-the-line tea flakes, surf their site to suit your taste buds, or gift this Groupon to an infused-water enthusiast.
- The emphasis at Steeped and Infused is on education. Each tin comes with a description of where the tea came from, what it is made up of and what health benefits it might have. I appreciated not having to describe to the person behind the counter what I was looking for, because sometimes at tea shops I just don't know and want to smell everything before I choose. – Elizabeth, blogTO
Steeped and Infused
Jennifer Best couldn't sleep. A bout of fibromyalgia was keeping her wide awake, and though she experimented with allopathic and naturopathic sleep remedies, it was no use. Then she tried something new: a tea blend called Sweet Dreams. The brew was so effective that not only did it give Jennifer some much-needed shut-eye, but by morning it had inspired her to change careers. She explored the local loose-leaf-tea market and was amazed to find how many good varietals were out there, varietals she thought others might appreciate the way she had appreciated Sweet Dreams.
Jennifer started small, founding Steeped and Infused in 2007 as an online store that sold 20 different teas. But her fan base blossomed, and today the website—which now sells roughly 70 varieties. Like the queen's childhood toy box, her inventory includes everyday black, green, and rooibos teas, but also features yerba mate and pu-erh—a centuries old Chinese blend made from high-quality large leaves. She complements these with a small selection of accessories, such as tea filters and mesh steeping balls.