Raleigh's TeaGschwendner, located in Cameron Village on Daniel's Street, participated this weekend in the grand opening of the newly renovated NC Museum of Art located on Blue Ridge Road. Guest were able to select from a variety of fine, loose-leaf teas, such as, Blood Orange, Westminister, Japanese Sencha, etc. Teas were sold hot or cold, of course, during the rain showers visitors welcomed the hot tea but once the sun was out, the switch was to cold. The Green Coconut is to die for, and no matter how many kilos they order, it sells out quickly. Earl Grey 69 is another one that sells quickly. It was an award winning tea at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, they were sold out at the event at the museum.
For those who have never experienced fine teas, the Raleigh TeaGschwender is a cultural journey through several countries. The staff is knowledgeable about all aspects of tea from the garden to the cup...the focus is totally on the teas, even though, they carry a line of tea accessories for the convenience of their customers. TeaGschwendner is new to the American market, but it is widely recognized in Europe and Latin America. They buy directly from the growers, never in auctions or through middlemen. The teas are screened in the fields as well as in their laboratories in Germany for metals and pesticides. Only the finest teas are offered in the shop. Avid tea drinkers will be stunned by the selection of over 250 teas. Some names are easily recognized while others are very rare and limited.
The shop is open seven days a week from 10-7 Monday-Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday. Want to know more about teas? Raleigh TeaGschwendner offers tea tasting classes the second and third week of the month. In addition to these events, they will schedule private tea tastings for small groups or clubs. Call the manager to discuss your needs. Don't live in Raleigh, they will ship within the state for less than $5.