177 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia

The Tea Project

5 Jan 2016


On an overly grey and rainy Tuesday, wearing our winter coats in the middle of Summer. My good friend Tilly and I decided to venture out to the place we had been meaning to stop by since it opened. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to write about more cool spots in my city, so I grabbed my camera and umbrella and headed down into the city. 

The Tea Project is a delightful little establishment on King Street run by a lady with a penchant for tea. Don't be fooled by the charmingly cosy interior. This tea room is serious when it comes to all things tea. Many a soul turn and high tail after discovering that the aptly named "Tea Project" stocks only tea and no coffee. But not the two of us, who can be found on the regular sipping from teacups of new blends we've picked up. 


We settled down in the comfiest place we could find, a low and inviting loveseat that lived under a large rain soaked window. The atmosphere of the room was immediately warm and homelike, with it's exposed brick walls and wooden floors. 

Soon after arriving and settling into our spots, we were greeted by the owner of the Tea Project, Becci who gave us our tea menus. Her excitement and love of tea was evident immediately and did not fade once during our visit. You could tell this is where her passion truly lies. 


Oh to love anything as much as Becci loves her teas! Tilly and I perused the menu before settling on a tea of choice. We both chose black teas, Maple Syrup & Walnut for me and Irish Rum and Cream for Tilly. As well as a house made scone with whipped cream and rose petal jam each. 

Becci seemed delighted with all of our choices, so we sat back and chatted while waiting for our teas to arrive. There's a certain artform to brewing tea that someone like me who loves sachet coffee and forgetting that I left a teabag in, just will never understand. But it's one that I surely do appreciate. 


With timers set, our teas were left to steep for just the right amount of time, before the strainer and leaves were removed. This ensures that the entire pot of tea will taste the same, and not get increasingly bitter as it saturates the remaining water. 

We were invited to smell our teas before tasting them, then Becci poured us a cup each, and left us to enjoy. But not before leaving us with tasting suggestions, such as to taste the tea before adding any milk. The aroma from my tea was that of a fresh stack of pancakes, and I couldn't wait to drink up. 

Tilly's tea of Irish Cream and Rum, was unique in that it also contained coffee. She believes that it's a great beginners tea for coffee lovers wanting to switch things up. Noting that it is truly a unique blend, strong, creamy and dark. Sure to cause devout coffee lovers to question their entire lives! Highly recommended.


My Maple Syrup & Walnut tea is definitely one for the sweet tooth. Deliciously sweetened, without any addition of sugar. A must for anyone who is not too daring in their daily tea choices, but loves one too many teaspoons of sugar in their homemade brew. 

The scones were brought out, sweetly decorated with flowers and powdered sugar. When I ordered I was unaware of the flavour of jam, but pleasantly surprised. Rose petal infused jam, like spreading turkish delight on your fresh scones. It tasted like a luxury that I needed on a more regular basis. 

The Great Wall of Tea
For those of you looking for something a little different from your regular cafe stops. The Tea Project caters for the great lovers of tea as well as those who are only dabbling. You're sure to come away with an armful of facts about tea and a newfound understanding of what it means to brew tea. 




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27 comments

  1. Tegan, what a lovely written piece on The Tea Project! The place looks so comfortable; I'd have tea there ANY day. I love the fact that you mentioned Becci's excitement regarding your beverages because passion truly is the driving force behind any eatery establishments.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Such and adorable place!! I'm such a brat when it comes to tea as well haha, I don't like the sachets! I find that their flavor is just one note and very flat. It's such a difference when you actually use whole leaves! Becci sounss so charming, hehe. The Tea Project would definitely be my kind of heaven. Now, if only there were lots of makeup in there too ;)

    Also - glad to see you're putting one of this year's goals into action! <3

    becky ♡ star violet

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  3. I wish I lived in Australia now more than ever! This place looks beautiful and you sold me on the Irish Cream & Rum! I love tea and in the U.S. it's very hard to find tea shops/cafes!! I found one about a half hour out of New York City and it's my go to place!

    Have a wonderful rest of your week! Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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  4. Mmm tea! I absolutely love a good English Breakfast or Sweet Strawberry!

    It's great that you want to visit all the great places in your huge city! Especially one all about tea! Haha! I wish we have that but I don't know any! Or maybe that's because I'm a perpetual crab haha!

    MAPLE SYRUP & WALNUT SOUNDS LIKE THE BEST THING EVER.

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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  5. What a lovely sounding place! I don't really drink many hot drinks, other than the odd hot chocolate and latte. I love the sound of these infused teas though, your maple one sounds amazing! x

    hannatalks

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  6. This sounds and looks like a gorgeous place to visit! Maple syrup tea? Amazing!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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  7. I'm a total sweet tooth, so that maple syrup and walnut tea sounds amazing! Definitely the perfect way to spend the rainy days we've been having lately :)

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  8. This looks absolutely amazing. What a perfect little write-up, I wish I could hop over and visit! The tea infused with coffee sounds so good - my Malaysian half of the family love a 'yingyang' which is tea and coffee in one drink! Apparently it's really popular there! xx

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  9. ive really become to appreciate tea more lately, id love to find a place similar to this. Am I the only one who enjoys tea without milk? love the look of those scones too :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  10. OMG everything is so friggin' pretty there!! I love it! I wish there were more places like this near by for me. Definitely ideal for a birthday treat...or even an everyday treat! xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
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  11. Irish Cream & Rum tea?! Sounds amazing and that place is so cute. This should be your new favorite place (it would be mine).

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  12. Oh myyyyyyy..... Any post to do with tea gets me all excited over here. I love the idea of the sugar on the scones that is super sweet and may be something I may have to adopt. The jam too. Ohhh.

    This place seems sooo lovely just a little bit of a travel me I guess ha! Thanks for following and can't wait to read up on some more of your wonderful blog posts.

    Love Carli x

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  13. This place looks so cute, love the bare brick walls! Off to make myself a cuppa :) XX

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  14. Oooh it looks so cute! What a lovely little place xx

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  15. This looks like such a lovely place! I'm not really a fan of regular tea (shocking for a Brit, I know!) but I'd love to try different flavours like these x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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  16. What an adorable little tea store! Looks so cute. I'm a sucker for all things maple syrup! I will definitely check this place out when I'm in Newcastle next!!

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

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  17. Oh my goodness, I would love to visit this place, it looks adorable :) xx

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  18. What a stunning spot. I love tea and scones but I am British!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  19. this looks like such a gorgeous shop! what a fantastic find! If I'm ever in Newcastle I'll be sure to give it a visit x

    Zoë / Bramble and Lace

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  20. Amazing photos ! :)
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  21. What a lovely place! These photos are gorgeous x

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  22. What an amazing place, I wish I was closer to go there ! Kisses and happy 2016 dear

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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  23. That looks so perfect!There just aren't enough good tea houses in the world.

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  24. Yesss! I absolutely love tea! I would be in tea heaven. The only "tea" places we have around here is Starbucks, which is good, but I want strictly a tea shop

    >.< Raven
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  25. I need the great Wall of tea in my life! Maple syrup sounds wonderful!

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  26. mariana rosso1/20/2016 12:35 am

    Thank you for sharing this tea experience. I am a tea lover. In Buenos Aires, we have this beautiful places where we can sip a tasty tea but I wish this cozy place was here. Awesome week!

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