What probably began in the Yunnan region of China during the Shang Dynasty is now a much loved daily ritual performed by a large portion of the world’s population. The ritual of tea – brewing, pouring, drinking and enjoying. So when a dedicated organic tea bar opened in the heart of the Mother City, we just had to check it out.
How it all began
Bruno Rabaca and his British tea-drinking partner in life, crime and now business, Diana Lerato George, decided to open this speciality tea bar in response to Diana’s lifelong habit of collecting teas from wherever she travelled, and bringing them home with her. The more they explored the teas, the more they fell in love with the shrub, the beverage, its history and its health benefits. Soon they had enough passion to share, and went about opening the perfect little tea shop in the heart of the city.
Tea and sympathy
Simple yet effective bamboo plants add to the zen-like atmosphere in this serene space. There’s even an impressive tea wall, where you can sniff out which teas you’d like to try. (We’re told Bruno’s Matcha is the best in Cape Town.)
All the teas – from the Ayurvedic Vetwala and herbal teas to Lapsang souchong (an exotic smoked-wood beverage!) are organic and sourced only from the best – and most ethical – tea farms around the world. The tea is brewed either in ceramic pots or in the Alpa Dominche Steam Punk – the only craft-brewing machine on the continent – and is then poured into ceramic mugs.
If you’re a newbie to the tea game (and don’t know how to choose between the various greens, blacks, whites, and Earl Greys), then sign up for a tasting (R100 per person) where you get to sample five different teas (R150 with brownies).
We took a seat on one of the comfortable bar stools and tried the Asian Express, with five teas from across Asia, but opted to swap out the Sir Blue Earl Grey for a delicious chococcino tea! And whiled away a few hours sipping the exotic and everyday teas, and trying some of the delicious baked vegan and gluten-free goods.
As well as the wall of teas available for purchase, they also sell a variety of infusers, mugs, tea pots, African bead work, skincare products and even stylish leather handbags.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm