Nai’s Tea, Coffee & Collectibles serves an authentic afternoon tea reminiscent of those in Great Britain. In addition to an extensive choice of teas and coffees, the quaint shop is home to a variety of charming curios and heirloom china.
Proprietor Naira Kasparian (pictured at left, above) emigrated from Armenia to New York City almost 30 years ago so she could explore the world beyond her hometown. She eventually relocated to the Poconos to realize her dream of opening a tea shop.
“I needed to get away from the hectic pace of the city,” she says. “The opportunity presented itself, and I made the move.”
With 65 teas from which to choose, guests can reserve an afternoon-tea setting Naira personally oversees. Teas include all of the traditional brands, along with such interesting offerings as China Mutan White Tea, which she orders directly from China. Pu-erh Tuo Cha Tea presents a rich and earthy flavor, while Oriental Spice-Flavored Black Tea has a bold taste of cinnamon and orange. Yellow tea, one of her prized teas, is also available. “I like it when guests try one of our exotic teas,” she says.
Savory salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese finger sandwiches are flavored with hummus and Naira’s secret seasonings. A variety of other sandwiches can be specially prepared upon request. Each is served on a lovely three-tiered stand accompanied with croissants, jam, and other tasty sweets.
Along with local residents, a good number of tourists from New York City come in for the fine teas and the eclectic feel of the shop with its contemporary high tables and antique settees. “New Yorkers are used to afternoon tea, so it seems that they really appreciate the chance to experience this while on vacation,” she explains.
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