This is my local yarn shop, and it has a surprisingly fantastic tea selection. Their current offerings are written up on a large chalkboard behind the counter, and they usually have 2-3 dozen at any given time, mostly Tao of Tea selections.
You get your choice of a for-here mug or to-go cup, and some teas are teabag or loose-leaf (the loose-leaf gets put in a disposable teabag, but you know the difference). You fill your cup yourself from their hot water dispenser, which seems significantly hotter than most — hot enough for black teas, I would say. Twisted is very, very green, so don’t expect Splenda or the like at the dressing station.
If you knit or crochet, you’re welcome to do your craft in the shop anytime, but keep an eye out for specific “crafting group” times — they will give you a free iced or hot tea for being in the shop and crafting during those periods. (If you’re an introvert, you don’t even have to sit with the “group,” I have discovered.)
Love, love, love this place. Great to go to for socializing or for sitting quietly to write. I’m constantly falling in love with new chais here. A small pot of good tea will cost you less than five bucks and keep you happy for an hour or two. The wi-fi is free and strong. The bathroom is nice.
It’s easy to miss that there’s an entire second level in the basement (with ground-level windows, so it still has natural light). That area has a completely different feel to it, so if you’re not wanting the classic cafe bustle with the walls full of windows looking out on the street and the sound of milk steaming away, the basement might be for you. A quieter, more hippie vibe down there. My group plopped on some beanbags in a corner last time we were there.
As any serious tea shop must have, there’s a wall of small jars of each tea to look at and smell before you buy. They’ve added to their food selection recently and also do kombucha (soooo not my thing, but it might be yours!). Their website is also a great place to check out their brewing tips if you purchase some of their loose leaf at home. They’re kind enough to even share how they make their chais so addictively delicious.
In case it’s not clear yet, this is my favorite Portland tea house right now.