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What You'll Get
Tea is said to lower stress, boost alertness, and taste like tea. Loosen your leaves with today's deal. For $7, today's Groupon invites you and your tea-sensing nodes to enjoy $15 worth of tea from ZenTea, named Best Tea Bar by Atlanta Magazine. Spend some quality time focusing deeply on your qi and forgetting about your problematic investment in that land-ski company over a comforting cup of the nectar that results when carefully harvested leaves are dried and steeped in hot water. Spend your Groupon at ZenTea’s cozy tea bar, or take your meditative fluid home in loose-leaf sacks or individual-sized bags.
Revel in the exciting tranquility of fine teas that dance upon your tongue and stream down your throat before warming you up from your core on out. Both connoisseurs and new tea initiates can benefit from ZenTea’s special events. Stop by without a reservation to enjoy a tea flight of mini-pots ($6.50 for three) or reserve your spot at one of ZenTea’s Friday evening tastings ($10). Each tasting focuses on a particular type of tea, and your expert tea guide will teach you about each of the four to five samples while you enjoy them with a delicious dessert (included).
The wide selection of loose leaf teas allows you to take home something black, green, white, or another color that science has failed to recognize, such as oolong, rooibos, herbal, chai, mate, and pu-erh. Enjoy a fancy English breakfast tea ($12 for 8 oz.) in the morning and a chocolate chai ($7 for 2 oz.) after the Internet has gone to sleep. Pick up mid-day slack with a toasted almond black/green blend ($15 for 8 oz.) and relax over a cup of peppermint chamomile ($13 for 8 oz.) in the early post mid-evening. Pick up a tin of antioxidant rich matcha, a premium green tea powder that’s also great for flavoring and coloring food ($10.95 for 30 grams). Let tea become a new safe place to let your humanity glow like a burning pile of old National Geographic magazines.
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FOX 5's Good Day Atlanta has featured ZenTea, and Atlanta Magazine has named the store Best Tea Bar. Atlanta Magazine, along with Knife & Fork, admire the extensive tea knowledge of owner Connie Miller and her shop's relaxing atmosphere:
- Connie Miller of Zen Tea in Chamblee imparts extraordinary knowledge without a hint of geekiness...She is like a Cheers barmaid with a hint of meditative enlightenment, shaking leaves into a canister lid, encouraging you to admire and smell the delicacy of a white organic pai mu tan (her favorite) or the brightness of matcha green tea powder mixed with green tea leaves and pearls of toasted rice. Before you know it, you will have five or six cups in front of you, perhaps alongside an iced green tea latte or a tea spritzer in a stemmed glass. – Christiane Lauterbach, Atlanta Magazine
- Everything about Zen Tea smacks of thoughtfulness and good taste. In every category (black, white, green, and oolong), numerous organic selections reflect Miller's philosophy of serving things that are good for the body. – Knife & Fork
- They have the best quality and greatest selection of flavors in Atlanta. You can choose from loose leaf, cold or hot teas and you can buy their products online too! This ia [sic] also a good place to find great accessories for coffee and tea or get a gift for someone. Their mediation room in the back offers yoga and other classes too. I highly recommend Zen Tea to everyone! – ATLshoegal, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 7, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, 1 per visit. May purchase 1 additional as gift. Not valid toward high tea, classes, accessories, or online redemption. Limit 1 per table. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
At ZenTea, the staff is eager to share their knowledge, presenting their menu much like a serious café or craft-cocktail bar would. To that end, owner Connie Miller has collected more than 140 teas from around the world, and more than just water goes into brewing each pot. Her time spent studying tea in Sri Lanka allows her to steep each glass with knowledge, whether it's about the tea's creation process or the ways that climate and altitude can impact its flavor. Though guests can grab a hot tea by the cup or in pots for one, two, or three, the tea tastings are where the shop shines.
They start with mini tea flights, which feature three 9-ounce pots filled with your choice of tea, and weekly tastings cover a new variety each session, in which guest sip five or six teas complemented by a dessert. Servers also up the theatrics with their iced matcha lattes, which are blended from green-tea powder, organic milk, and agave sweetener. Servers then vigorously chill the concoctions in martini shakers with the expertise of Coyote Ugly stunt women. And the café counter serves light fare such as quiche, salads, soup, and baked goods to pair with brews.
Considering that ZenTea’s century-old building once housed Chamblee’s town hall, it’s not surprising that the shop has become something of a community hangout—patrons explore the distinctive nuances of each varietal in tasting classes and afternoon high teas.