Tea Time

During one of my downtown excursions this past weekend in Victoria, I stumbled across a new shop on Fort Street

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Teaopia! I had read about this tea shop online on other blogs, but assumed it was only back in Ontario. But in a tea friendly town like Victoria (Silk Road, high tea at The Empress, etc) it only makes sense to have opened up there. Obviously, I had to go in.

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The space was bright and open, very modern and inviting. They had a great seating area to enjoy not only freshly brewed tea, but also baked goods from Cascadia Bakery.

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I spent a bit of time chatting with the staff, smelling various teas, and finally deciding upon one to sample.

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Since it was still early in the day (and I had a Hallowe’en party coming up that night) I went with the Rise N’ Shine tea, one of their Wellness tea blends. From the website:

A perfect combination of lapacho, honeybush, Yerba Mate, apple pieces, cinnamon bits, green Mate, chrysanthemum flowers, guarana powder, cola nut, pomegranate blossoms, marigold and aroma. This blend is considered a great stimulant without the side effects of coffee, which makes it wonderful for those trying to make the switch to tea.

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This was a great tea – naturally sweet, a bit citrusy, but the best part was that it smells like gummy coke bottles! Seriously, it’s awesome. As are their giant tea mugs. I definitely need to get one of them.

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And yes, I bought 100g of the Rise N’ Shine tea to take home with me. Fortunately, Teopia is also opening two stores in Metro Vancouver soon, so I won’t have to wait until my next trip to Victoria to try out another one. Although I’m sure I will visit the one in Victoria next time I’m there, because it’s such a nice space to relax, people watch, and enjoy a mug of delicious tea.

Have you been to Teaopia? What’s your favourite variety?

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2 Comments on “Tea Time”

  1. November 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    oh cool…this is just down the street from my work but I haven’t had a chance to get there…must go visit it soon!

  2. November 4, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I love Teaopia! I’ve got a few of their blends at home. One of my favourites happens to be the clensing tea. It’s got a nice hint of lemon and is very soothing to drink before bed.

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