Tea Boutiques Around the World
Published: June 2009
By Charlotte Druckman
Steeped in Style
Tea boutiques are taking artisanal brewing to new levels.
The legendary Russian-style blends of Kusmi Tea have been a Paris staple since 1867, but the bright little boutique and café, decorated with sleek tables and chairs and lined with colorful tins on shelves, brings tea-sipping into the 21st century.
At Luponde Tea, organic leaves from Tanzania fill snappy black canisters. Don’t miss the peppermint infusion. Nearby, legendary perfumer Lyn Harris mixes oolong and black teas with the natural essences (rose oil from Turkey; vanilla from Madagascar) of her cult fragrance line, Miller Harris, at Miller Harris Fragrant Tea Room, her new London salon.
Tea-N-Sanity sells ready-to-drink blends, but keeps herbs on hand to cure whatever ails you, be it joint pain or migraines.
Waitresses dressed in tongue-in-cheek French-maid uniforms pour concoctions such as milky matcha at Royal/T.