Melbourne’s First Artisan Tea Bar
Located on Smith Street, Collingwood, Storm in a Teacup is a bijou tea-shop and bar bursting with knowledge, flavour and passion. Forget delicate china cups and chintzy floral plates; this is not your average, usual teahouse. It’s a world of tea both young and old, where steeped tradition is met by a kicking couture tea scene.
Storm in a Teacup is a retail space that invites everyone to make specialty tea part of their daily ritual, while revealing the secret to brewing the perfect cup of tea. Offering a delicious lunch menu, house-baked cakes and a variety of tea ephemera during the day, by evening Storm in a Teacup transitions into a fully licensed bar encompassing tea cocktails, tasty morsels and an organic wine list.
Storm in a Teacup is a delicious mix of home away from home and adventurous escape for tea lovers and the tea curious.
Commenting on the art of tea, Hannah Dupree, Storm in a Teacup’s knowledgeable owner, said, “Leaf tea, when brewed to a calculated time at the perfect temperature, emulates the experience and approach of drinking fine wine. Each tea, within its varietal, has an individual experience of aroma, mouth feel, tannins and lingering subtleties. We ensure that every tea purchase comes with an insight into the best brewing methods for that particular tea and, for the truly dedicated, we even hold education classes.”
Storm in a Teacup is about tea: black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong and a riot of single origin and herbaceous flavours from all corners of the globe.
Hannah’s tight knit tea community, which includes Storm in a Teacup’s tea sommelier Sarah Cowell (formally of Vue de Monde) amongst others, have – in their quest for tea knowledge – travelled to Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, South Africa and Northern Victoria to experience tea at the front line and endeavour to travel to all the tea producing countries who’s teas they represent. Over 40 quality teas have been sourced to date, primarily through direct trade with boutique farmers and larger producers’ micro lots, from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Hawaii, Kenya, India and Sri Lanka. Hannah believes in developing relationships with her tea producers as well as her tea drinkers, thus opening the channels of communication. The result is a crafted tea menu, designed to offer a broad cross section of the almost infinite world of tea.
Taking home a big bag of Storm in a Teacup’s exquisite range of teas is as tempting as sitting and watching the world go by. Both honouring and complementing the quality of the tea, the shop offers irresistible hand selected, and sometimes cheeky, tea wares from local and international artists.