The tea lattes that Connie and her staff whip up are sweet, creamy, and a perfect way to treat yourself to some of Zen Tea's more decadent varieties, like black hazelnut, mocha rooibos and black caramel roasted almond.If the phrase "tea time" brings to mind imagery of extended pinkies, English accents and over-the-top headwear, allow us to point you in the direction of a tea shop that just might forever change the way you see that steaming mug of Earl Grey. Tucked away in a charming nook of Chamblee, Zen Tea is a cafe that radiates om from the moment you walk in the door, take in the soothing aromas of rooibos and oolong, and gaze upon the wall of over 160 loose-leaf teas. Here, it's not so much about high tea and frippery as it is about peace and quiet, in an environment that just begs one to linger over a steaming-hot teapot for a while. (Though Zen does, of course, offer high tea by reservation. Feel free to leave your Victorian bonnets at home, however.)
Connie, Zen Tea's owner and chief tea maven, first fell in love with the complexities and curative qualities of tea years ago. After steeping herself in tea culture, she opened the doors of this little shop several years ago, giving Atlantans a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of cafe culture—not to mention a place to indulge in an abundance of tea varietals, from delicate to downright dessert-like (cup of creme brûlée, anyone?). Speaking of dessert, the tea lattes that Connie and her staff whip up are sweet, creamy, and a perfect way to treat yourself to some of Zen Tea's more decadent varieties, like black hazelnut, mocha rooibos and black caramel roasted almond. Think of it as a place where you can unplug, sate your sweet tooth and sneak in some antioxidants—and you don't even have to stick out your pinky while sipping.
Hot Tea, $2.50 (16-ounce cup)
Tea for Two, $5.50 (24-ounce pot)
Hot Tea Lattes, $3.95
Hot Matcha Latte, $3.75
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.