Tea and coffee houses seem to be leaving towards a more casual and young atmosphere, from family game night at Bricks n’ Scones to the weekly dance party at Zen Zoo Tea. But for one Beverly Hills tea spot, it’s all about tradition, elegance, and the finer things in life-or in this case, green tea.
Originally a Lake Forest, Illinois treasure, The Green Teaist has brought its Midwestern expertise to the avid tea consumers of Los Angeles. While most of us are used to the Chinese variations of green tea, which are steeped from dried or oxidized leaves, The Green Teaist is all about Japanese green tea leaves- picked fresh and steeped fresh to retain even more potent antioxidants and full, natural flavors. Most of these unique and coveted green teas are grown in Kyoto, or the Western region of Japan where conditions for tea plants are most desirable, but you’ll always find seasonal leaves from Southern and Central Japan. Much like a Barrista, there is always a highly knowledgeable “Teaista” to fill you in on the best green tea to try, and fabulous tea gifts and sets for fellow tea fanatics.
Whether you go with a pot of the mildly aromatic Yamecha, or the ever popular Matcha in delicious latte form, they’ll be not only expertly prepared, but paired with perfect traditional accompaniments with a modern spin. Tea sandwiches are the perfect Summer companion to a steaming pot of green tea, and with combinations like pineapple and fromage with cranberry and walnut and Roma tomato with fresh Parmigiano Reggiano, you’ll be more than tempted to taste. Another draw to The Teaist are the inventive green tea waffles. Petite mini waffles are infused with real Japanese green tea and served nice and warm with Creme Matcha, real Vermont Maple Syrup, and Hawaiian preserves-a perfectly SoCal Summery treat. While prices may run a bit higher than your typical tea stop (around $15 for a 2-3 serving pot of the flavor of your choice), the quality in ingredients and preparation is unmatched and the experience is one of a kind in L.A. But, if you don’t have time for more than a quick pick-up, you can now get an expertly fresh brewed tea to-go for just around $5.
As late Summer heats up here in Los Angeles, be sure to stop by The Green Teaist’s gorgeous Beverly Hills location, right next to the famed Beverly Hilton and the L.A. Country Club for a rejuvenating brew. They’re open for steeping each day except Sundays, from 10am to 5:30pm, and you can find much more information on The Green Teaist’s website.