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.