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Cafe Green Tea in San Antonio, Texas
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Pamela Dean rated this place
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My tea lovers’ group had our meetup here. Orders were placed at the counter. The owner was very solicitous of our satisfaction. The crepes, panini, matcha cake and Japanese cheesecake were wonderful, as was the espresso and the matcha latte. The 12 members who attended received excellent table service. Everyone reported having a great time. This venue fits our current needs very well. The location is easily accessible from major highways.

Pamela Dean rated this place
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Okay, this isn’t really a tea room. It’s a tea meetup group, and it’s the best place in the San Antonio area to meet tea-wise people and learn while growing friendships! We meet at least once a month, some months we’ve had 4 meetups. Go to our website to see photos of our tasting events, tea parties, blending sessions, and tea lounge mixers.

Madhatters Tea in San Antonio, Texas
4/5
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Pamela Dean rated this place
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The San Antonio Tea Enthusiasts meetup group had a fun evening here. I like the architecture of the rambling old house. All on one story, yet the many rooms, nooks, and corners afford a bit of privacy and a sense of the King William neighborhood history and atmospherics. The food and tea were good, but we got tea bags in the infusers of some of our pots, which was disappointing. The tea service includes an egg timer hourglass, which is turned over when the tea is infused and handed to you on the plate with the teapot. A nice touch, I think. Pretty sure the group will pay a return visit before long.

Saatea Yoga Tea Garden in San Antonio, Texas
5/5
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Pamela Dean rated this place
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Saatea is my favorite venue for our San Antonio Tea Enthusiasts meetup group. Here is a recap of a recent meetup there:
“Relaxing tea lounge meetup” segued into a satisfying “dinners for eight,” and I had a great time. We ordered many small pots of tea, and I managed to taste a white, a green, and two oolongs! Soon there were appetizers and we decided to move from the tea lounge into the restaurant. I loved the spring rolls, the crepes and the fried bananas. Too many yummies to remember them all! We were going to try the kambucha fermented tea, but we forgot. After dinner, co-owner Thinh Mai gave us a quick tour of the rooms under construction, which are slated to become a natural food store and yoga studio. He was very gracious and friendly toward us throughout the evening.

This venue fosters thoughtful conversation, humorous banter, and sincere sharing. The staff of the tea lounge & restaurant are very welcoming & attentive. The ambient musical sounds are lovely and appropriate to the Asian tea lounge environment. The food is good & the prices are reasonable. This is the first place I’ve been in San Antonio where pots of full leaf tea of all varieties are served at the table by people who really know and appreciate fine tea. The cultural & health benefits of good tea service in a suitable atmosphere are rare & invaluable, and Saatea provides them in a most pleasing manner. Many healthful foods are on the menu, including some vegan selections. Tea, appetizers, entrees & dessert — served in a style to promote enjoyment and wellbeing. Here, one can receive truly substantial nourishment for body, mind, and spirit!

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Note: I’m open to offers to swap tea samples. If you can’t message me, just comment on one of my tea notes, and I’ll respond.

I am fascinated and deeply impressed by the artistry and skill which coaxes such an array of qualities from one species of leaf. In 2009, I founded San Antonio Tea & Herb Enthusiasts. For intimate tastings with a small gathering, I’m practicing Asian-style tea service along the lines of Chinese gongfu cha yi. It’s a joy, turning people on to good tea! http://www.meetup.com/SA-Tea-Herb/

The most recent sign of my conversion to the deeply-steeped side: I’ve turned three large file boxes into “tea humidors” for aging pu-erh cakes and bricks at 65% humidity. Remote sensors within the “pumidors” relay the temperature and humidity readings to a base station on my desk.

I write about tea culture for the Examiner online newspaper: http://www.examiner.com/x-49007-San-Antonio-Tea-Examiner

My tea rating system:

0 – 10 … Ugh, throw it out
11 – 20 … Barely drinkable
21 – 40 … Passes for decent tea
41 – 60 … Good but unremarkable
61 – 80 … Delicious cuppa
81 – 90 … Wonder-full !
91 – 100 … The Stuff of Legends !

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San Antonio TX USA

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