WHY have I not been in before today?!?! Excelent service, the BEST maccha [matcha] latte I’ve ever tasted, warm and welcoming environment, tucked away from the main hustle and bustle of the downtown core, and just an overall lovely place to spend the afternoon! I’ll be back there soon, that’s for sure!
And for anyone looking for a tasty protein powder, they have a really lovely hemp based protein powder with sincle sourced maccha mixed in. I’m enjoying a protein drink right now and will definitely need to buy more soon. It’s really hard to find non-dairy, non-soy protein supplements around here, so I got really excited when I saw this one!
They don’t have their containers (jars/tins) sitting full on display, to preserve freshness. But if you find something you like, take the container to the counter and they will fill it with fresh product for you. If you have any questions, the staff is happy to help, or just chat about the joy of tea ;)
A lovely little tea shop tucked away on a back road in Saanich, nestled between a great cafe and a fun little candy shop. The teas are organized by base type as well as flavour profile, and there is a good selection of decaffeinated varieties as well. Most of their teas are from Metropolitan Tea Co, and a great variety of ayurvedic blends come from Tea Affair. The owners are fantastic, and are genuinely happy to see me when I go in. They also offer a decent discount if you take your tins back for a refill, and the discount varies based on tin size. They offer 4 different sizes of tins, or corresponding foil/paper bags, but with the discount on refills it’s worth it to make the initial investment (only about a dollar’s difference) and get a tin the first time around.
The adjacent cafe offers about a dozen of the tea shop’s teas to have a hot cup to go (or to go with a light lunch in the cafe) as well
Just have to give a shout out to the wonderful folks who work at the Uptown location in Victoria BC. Fantastic people with a true passion for the product, I always end up spending more time than planned in the store talking about tea and coming up with new combinations to try. They know what I’ve tried, and what I need to try, know what I like without having to tell them. I’m in there so frequently (at least once a week now) and they’re always genuinely happy to see me. Walking into the store feels like I’m walking into family’s home, I feel accepted and welcomed. It’s more than a retail store. It’s more than a tea bar. It’s that cozy little breakfast nook in your grandmother’s kitchen, or the squishy armchair your dad had when you were a kid. Very few places can make a person feel like that in the hustle and bustle of modern life, and the ones that do are usually small businesses in tiny towns in the middle of nowhere, where everyone knows everyone, not one piece o!
f a larger company in a busy city full of faceless people. I go back to the Uptown store so frequently not JUST because of the fantastic tea, but because amazing people like the folks working there are just so hard to find in this city. It’s because of them that I choose the Uptown store every time, despite there being two other stores in the city. Thank you David’s Tea for not only a fantastic product, but for the chance to meet such great people, for a safe place to go and have a cup of tea with friends, and for turning “Let’s go for coffee” to “Let’s go have tea”.
A cozy little shop on the main street of Sidney, Janet’s Special Teas has a very homey feel to it. Tons of interesting bits of teaware and a great selection of teas. I had a hard time choosing what tea I wanted to take home and finally settled on 100g each of Rainbow Rooibos (a blend of rooibos, strawberries, raspberries, amaretto flavour, and cornflowers) and her best seller, named after the city of Sidney (another fruity, but lightly spiced rooibos blend that I will be trying as soon as it brews).
Janet herself is a real character, she has a great sense of humour, is honest and passionate about the products she sells. I ended up spending a lot more time in the shop than originally anticipated, and I see myself spending a LOT more time there in the future!