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 Groupon: for $12, you get a tea tasting for two people at ZenTea, located on Peachtree Road in Chamblee (a $24 value) . Guests can reserve a spot at one of ZenTea’s tastings, which are currently scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
ZenTea operates under meditative tea master Connie Miller, who infuses her leafy wisdom into the shop's selection of more than 100 loose-leaf varieties. Along with her distinguished staff, Connie offers attentive and comprehensive care during tea tastings in the utopian tea bar and meditation room. Each tasting focuses on a particular type of tea, and each expert tea guide offers a bounty of insights into each of the five to six samples. To put the icing on this herbal cakewalk, ZenTea tosses in one complimentary dessert, one that may or may not contain actual icing or dreams of dinosaurs.
At ZenTea, tasting times are updated every two months or so, providing busybody brew fans with numerous opportunities to sip and dish. To view a complete schedule, click here.
Knife & Fork reviewed ZenTea, naming it the Find of the Month in July 2009. FOX 5's Good Day Atlanta featured ZenTea as part of its "Road Warrior" segment. Atlanta magazine featured the tea bar and its owner Connie Miller. Ninety-four percent of Urbanspooners recommend it, and Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average.
- Everything about Zen Tea smacks of thoughtfulness and good taste… Numerous organic selections reflect Miller's philosophy of serving things that are good for the body. – Knife & Fork
- 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... – Christiane Lauterbach, Atlanta magazine
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.
5356 Peachtree Rd.
Chamblee, Georgia 30341Get Directions