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HOT: Storm in a Teacup, 48 Smith St, Collingwood

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I’m a Melburnian and I’m a non-coffee drinker.

Gasp!

My hot drink of choice is actually tea and finally, in amongst the million excellent coffee shops in my neighbourhood, Storm in a Teacup has arrived to cater to those who are discerning about their tea leaves (and maybe even convert some diehard hipster coffee drinkers).

I can’t believe the venue used to be the garish orange Trippy Taco. It’s now a calming white and pastel space with seating starting from the window and wrapping around the bar, with a few small tables and a communal bench at the back. I love the stormy lightning bar stools!

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Storm in a Teacup is a teabag-free zone. Instead you receive three infusions from a tiny, single serve teapot of your tea leaf selection from a mind-bending choice of black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong and tisanes.

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I enjoyed the fine flavours and delicate aroma of my green tea served in a ceramic cup alongside my choice homemade sweet treats (they also have a small breakfast menu). I highly recommend the daily freshly-baked muffin – mine was a fluffy concoction of blackberry and spices – as well my giant hunk of macadamia praline cheesecake.

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You can go home with your tea of choice and they also sell tea wares from local and international artists.

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At night Storm in a Teacup offer dessert tea,  frappes and cocktails with a savoury menu and starting from Wednesday 30 May they’re hosting monthly sessions of Cake Bar – a pop up dessert degustation by Cake Boy (in the picture below). The first Cake Bar event has the theme of ‘art’ with three disparate artists providing inspiration – Pollock, Caravaggio and Mondrian. [Update: Event has sold out! Be quick to book for next month's event, provisionally called 'Will Contain Nuts']

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Storm in a Teacup is a modern tea salon that appreciates the ancient arts of tea and the tea making ritual. Yay a place for non-coffee drinkers! I love it.

Storm in a Teacup, 48 Smith St, Collingwood +61 3 9415 9593

Tue & Wed 10am–5pm
Thu to Sat 10am–11pm
Sun 11am–4pm


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3 comments for “HOT: Storm in a Teacup, 48 Smith St, Collingwood”

  1. I want the book that says “How to Drink”!

    This sounds like a place to try out at night though. Desset Tea sounds interesting ;)

    Posted by Sophie Wang
    Twitter: aecliss
    | May 23, 2012, 10:51 am
  2. This place looks great – glad to hear there is an alternative for the tea drinkers.

    Posted by Cara @ Gourmet Chick
    Twitter: carawaters
    | May 23, 2012, 10:03 pm
  3. This is fantastic. I’m not a fan of coffee either, I’d much prefer a lovely cup of tea. This looks like the perfect hang-out for me.

    Posted by Nessbow
    Twitter: nessbow
    | May 27, 2012, 1:58 pm

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