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tea time.

One of my new favorite tea spots is Blue Willow Tea in Berkeley. As part of birthmonth, I invited some friends to join me here for an afternoon of tea and good company. It was going to be my first time at the tea lounge, so I called ahead. The owner Ali was super friendly and sweet, and I was so excited that she could section off a part of the tea room for my gathering.

The tea lounge is a bit hidden; you have to know it’s there to find it, but once you do, you are welcomed with a wall of teas and these beauties.

On a normal visit, I would probably enjoy one type of tea, but since it was a party we enjoyed three! We tried an oolong, the bourbon vanilla black tea, and a green tea. Our cups were warmed and each tea was served in region-specific serve ware. One of my life goals is to be become a tea expert so here is my attempt at learning the lingo…

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The oolong was steeped in a clay teapot, poured in a glass serving pitcher, and served with aroma cups so you can experience the change in aroma as the tea cools. This was the most interactive tea we tried.

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The black tea was steeped in a ceramic teapot and the tea leaves were removed after five minutes (this tea came with an hourglass timer!). Optionally, you can add milk and/or sugar, but this particular tea was naturally slightly sweet. This one was my favorite of the three.

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The green tea was steeped in a clay teapot and poured into a glass pitcher before serving. The tea leaves were a beautiful green color!

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In addition to teas, Blue Willow serves a selection of pastries. Since it was a party, we tried one of each!

Each tea serving comes with a short lesson of how to properly steep and serve your tea of choice. There are kettles scattered around so you can enjoy a few steeps of your tea during your stay. They also have tea tastings which I am a big fan of. I can’t wait to come back and enjoy another relaxing afternoon here.

What are some of your favorite tea spots? Share below!

 

 

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