Like Olympic swimmers and gremlins, tea leaves only reveal their true power after being dunked in water. Unleash hidden strength with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of loose-leaf tea at Tea Time in Palo Alto. This Groupon is valid in-store only for loose-leaf flavored teas, special blends, tisanes, and herbal teas.
The flavor masters at Tea Time’s specialty loose-leaf tea boutique sift through imported leaves from around the world, blending and sorting them into more than 150 brewed varieties. Classic blends such as the Irish Breakfast ($7.75/100 g) eddy around taste buds while manifesting complex flavor profiles that vary in smoothness, spiciness, and boldness. Balance herbal tea ($10.99/100 g) begins a beautiful friendship with the drinker’s palate by offering gifts of cardamom-, licorice- and rose-petal-accented flavors, and other herbal offerings ($6.99+/100 g) combine flowers, fruits, and herbs from around the world into fragrant mixes that may lift moods and calm anxious minds. Flavored black and green teas round out Tea Time’s loose-leaf selection with classic flavors such as the blooming Jasmine Dragon Pearls, ($19.99/100 g).
The Tea Time tea room, adorned with contemporary art and bamboo-style seating, allows customers to stay and enjoy a steaming pot of tea with traditional tea sandwiches and tea desserts, such as sloppy tea joes and devil’s tea cake. Tea Time also provides free online resources for learning the ins and outs of the world of leaf-steeped drinks.
When they’re not blending imported leaves into 120 tea varieties, the tea gurus at Tea Time lead tasting classes that empower sippers to explore the 3,000-year-old beverage’s origins, aromas, and health benefits. The classes reflect Tea Time’s mission to make its tea room a welcoming community hub. In the shop’s “sniffing corner,” staff members help customers sift through 150 glass jars of tealeaves in search of their ideal blend. Free WiFi, bamboo tables, and a menu of French-style pastries and English-style sandwiches furnish tranquil afternoons, and a slew of teatime accessories line solid oak shelves.