The Tea Smith

Downtown

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Customer Reviews

474 Ratings

Staff knows everything you need to know about matching your tastes to their tea selection. Wonderful atmosphere to sit and take tea with a friend. Fun gift items.
Ann H. · April 23, 2013
Really enjoying my purchases--will definitely go again.
Millicent G. · March 16, 2013
Great selection of teas and accessories, and the young man who served us was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Jenni W. · March 14, 2013

What You'll Get


Tea leaves really come to life when you add hot water, just like steam engines and sea monkeys. Witness a steep transformation with this Groupon.

$10 for $20 Worth of Tea and Tea Accessories

The Tea Smith’s expansive collection of teas ranges from Darjeeling to Bai Mu Dan White Tea to to organic Moroccan Mint, as well as other green, oolong, black, herbal, and pu-erh varieties. Items include glass cup-and-saucer sets ($8.49), brew-infuser baskets ($9), and cordless electric kettles ($49.99–$59.95).

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Mar 13, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Loyalty points do not accrue for these purchases. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About The Tea Smith


The Tea Smith owner Tim Smith searches out loose-leaf teas from all over the world—and he says he has to consciously limit himself as he fills the shops' stock of about 150 teas. But it wasn't long ago that Tim didn't even like tea. "I thought tea was brown water and a bag," he confesses.

It took a gift for his wife to change that. "I was traveling for business, it was around Valentine's day, and I was married long enough to know that you don't come home empty-handed," he says. So he bought her some loose-leaf tea and the right accessories to brew it. "She made me try it, and it was surprising," he says. "It was not that stuff in a bag. It had some character and some taste to it."

He began researching, and realized that tea—already the world’s most widely consumed beverage after water—was experiencing a resurgence in the United States. While many tea spots have British or Japanese themes, Tim decided to open a tea shops with a "comfortable contemporary" vibe, where people could enjoy hot, iced, and bubble teas with friends. For at-home brewing, visitors can shop for classic teas such as Earl Grey, sample more unusual flavors such as the “Iron Goddess of Mercy” (an oolong), or browse seasonal blends such as pumpkin spice, cranberry cream, and fireside chat. The shops also stocks travel tea mugs, teapots equipped with infuser baskets, and unglazed Chinese YiXing clay pots that enhance the tea’s flavor.

Tim knows that many people who walk into the shop are unfamiliar with loose-leaf tea and may not be sure what they'll like—which is why he only hires tea enthusiasts. "Part of their training is to come in and drink each of the teas, and make notes on the flavor profiles," he says. That way, the staff can recommend blends suited to each customer's palate, rather than having to analyze a Rorschach tea-blot test. In addition to events including an annual blending contest, they also run periodic Tea 101 sessions that introduce attendees to the "history, the myths, the legends, and the lore of tea," says Tim.

By purchasing this deal you'll unlock points which can be spent on discounts and rewards. Every 5,000 points can be redeemed for $5 Off your next purchase.