The unusual selection of foods has been carefully chosen to satisfy hunger pangs at any point during the day. There’s porridge and muesli for early birds on their way to work; croissants and tray bakes for midmorning snacking; savoury rolls, sandwiches, and energy balls for lunchtime; and tempting cakes, brownies, and chocolate bars for an afternoon sugar rush. And gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options ensure there really is something for everyone. And displayed around the room are various tea accessories—Japanese tetsubin teapots, the Amanzi tea brewer, scoops, infusers, tea bowls, and cups—all for sale to make sure the teas are brewed as perfectly at home as they are in the shop.
Anyone can help themselves to a little beaker of the tea of the day from the pot that sits at one end of the counter. To make sure that everyone knows about the exciting range of frappés, smoothies, chais, lattes, iced teas, bubble teas, tea mocktails, and tea cocktails, the brewing team whisks up little free tasters to offer regularly at the tables.
What’s truly impressive and so refreshing is the company’s understanding that we don’t always want just a cup of Assam or Earl Grey but relish the chance to try something different, modern, trendy, and unusual. So, with its welcoming atmosphere, its lovely staff, and its top-quality teas, Amanzi is fast becoming a magnet for anyone who understands and appreciates really good tea.
Amanzi Tea is at 24 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 8TX. For more information, go to amanzitea.co.uk, or follow Amanzi on social media at @AmanziTea.
Jane Pettigrew is an international tea expert, who has written 14 books on the subject, including the new edition of A Social History of Tea, published by Benjamin Press. A former tearoom owner, she is a much-sought-after consultant to tea businesses and hotels, a conference speaker, and a tea educator. Although her travels take her around the globe, she resides in London.
From TeaTime September/October 2014