Tea Time and Again: 10 local sources to soak up in style

Hanami Tea, Asheville

Named after the Zen practice of admiring the beauty of cherry blossoms, it also refers to the late-night parties of modern Japan held under those same flowering trees. Hanami offers a range of 13 organic blended teas, each named after different mythological goddesses from around the world. You can often find owner Kathryn Raea hawking her wares at the Grove Arcade Maker’s Market downtown, or ordering online. hanamitea.com

High Climate Tea Company, Asheville

Specializing in teas and traditions from China and Taiwan, the good people of High Climate regularly travel to China to select their teas. Through their explorations, you can simply sit in their elegant tea room and sample everything from Dragon Puerh to aged and fermented Puerh bricks. One of Asheville’s leading local teahouses, High Climate also offers retail and bulk sales. highclimatetea.com

3 Mountains, Asheville

In partnership with tea farms in Rwanda, 3 Mountains sells fair trade loose leaf teas (black, green, silver, white and tulsi lemongrass) as well as ready-to-drink canned sparkling teas through their Sarilla label. Proceeds benefit the Africa Healing Exchange, which helps Rwandan women develop their entrepreneurial skills. 3Mountains.org

The Book and the Bee, Hendersonville

A celebration of literature and tea, this quaint cafe and tea house hosts afternoon tea by reservation and cream tea anytime. Choose from the Stratford Main Room, the Floral-themed Garden Room, the Tolkien Pub-themed Eagle & Child Room, or the Jubilee Room (Queen Elizabeth II themed). Afternoon tea offers a range of finger sandwiches, jam scones, lemon creme, Devonshire creme and desserts. thebookandbee.com

A Southern Cup, Hendersonville

Don’t be fooled by the dollhouse kitsch of this cozy tea room: the old cafe turned into food and seeds offers some of the best spreads in the area. Chicken salad croissants, killer egg sandwiches, and a plethora of pastries complete the two-tiered tower of caffeinated power. Frilly enough for a baby shower or a kid’s birthday party, but subtle enough for a lunchtime, with a serious tea selection to boot. Owner Kym Brown continues the centuries-old tradition of black-owned Southern teahouses, a place for everyone. asoutherncup.com

Asheville Tea Company, Asheville

In just 5 years, this small tea brand has taken the city by storm by offering a range of blends made with products from local farms like Asheville Gray – black tea, calendula flower and bergamot oil – or the G & blend. Moringa tea, lime, lemon basil, lime zest and juniper berries. They also offer blends made with yaupon, a native holly leaf used by Native Americans to create a tea-like infusion. AshevilleTeaCompany.com

Ivory Road Cafe & Cuisine, Arden

Tucked away just off Brevard Road in Arden, the Ivory Road Cafe offers affordable breakfast and lunch, but call to make a reservation and you can request afternoon tea, served at 2 p.m. after dinner. end of lunch service for the day. For $ 22 per person (just $ 12 for kids), guests can choose from a variety of local teas, including Asheville Tea Co. and 3 Mountains, and enjoy an array of pastries, sandwiches and desserts in one. enchanting setting. ivoryroadavl.com

Spice it up !, Montagne Noire

A Cherry Street mainstay in downtown Black Mountain for over a decade, Spice it Up! may only look like a spice shop at a glance out the front window, but their tea room is nothing to laugh at. With over 100 loose teas, puerh bricks, tea items and a collection of tetsubin to choose from, this is a great place to find something new to try. spiceitupinc.com

Spicy and varied tea, Hendersonville

Jeff and Alisha Swientek thought they were just buying a spice shop, but as Jeff became more and more obsessed with Chinese tea traditions, Spice of Life also developed a side gig as a teahouse. Facilitating traditional Chinese tea services for groups of four or less, this is a great place to let off steam and learn more about tea. The shop also offers bulk sales of tea and spices. spiceoflifeinc.com

Dobra Tea, Asheville

Originally founded in Prague in the 1980s, Dobra Tea Rooms have spread worldwide, with 10 in the United States and over 30 in Europe. Dobra Asheville opened downtown in 2010 and followed with a location in West Asheville in 2015, offering an incredibly wide variety of traditional tea sets from around the world through a carefully curated and extremely wide selection of global teas, which is also available for retail purchase. Dobra also offers tea classes for the curious. DobraTeaNC.com

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