I was looking back at my previous posts from this Summer, and a little over a third of my write-ups have been Annapolis based. If you’re not from the area that may not mean much to you. And even if you are local, this may not resonate with you much.
And whatever the reason this Summer for me has largely revolved around this beautiful town. Beautiful towns mean beautiful cafes. And just when I think I’ve done ’em all, here comes The Red Bean Cafe.
Downtown Annapolis is full of so much activity. I’ve mentioned this a multitude of times and my intent is not to repeat itself. It has so much that you could do a daily blog of all the wonders this town has to offer. I’m not giving myself any more ideas just yet.
It’s easy to get distracted and to get lost. The organic and community nature of all this is what keeps bringing me back. I would imagine that quaint locales all over the country, and the world for that matter, is the main allure for most people. It hits us at its most genuine, and our most genuine.
And The Red Bean is a fantastic addition to the area. I believe it’s been only open approximately a year. The 2015 in their logo might give that away. So any crack research I might have hinted at is out of the window.
If the weather was a tad cooler, I’d opt for one of their loose and hot teas. But present tense being what it is, I’m still embracing what amount of Summer we have left. And to me, there’s plenty more to go. Instead I noticed the Berry Cabernet Herbal Tea listed, and it came highly recommended.
Hibiscus and berries is what sticks out here. And drinking it over ice was a gem. I’ve stated before that some teas work better for me warm. I would say this is the contrary. I can tell this is organic because the flavor isn’t as overwhelming if artificial flavors and preservatives were injected into the tea. It’s light enough to appreciate the flavors, and doesn’t give you a headache as some similar teas with more sweetener have done.
That might be what I nitpick about this. Maybe it’s lacking some more of what I expected. And this may all stem from my exposure to additives that have no business in a tea. I didn’t love it at first but it was a grower. And I wouldn’t even call it one of my favorites. But it was a grower and definitely an acquired taste. A lot of this review is based on my limited experience of drinking iced tea,, and none quite like this. That just means I need to try some more.
The staff was friendly, the environment was friendly, and the space is massive enough to have a quite conversation or to relax (or do some work, ew work) in solitude.
Their website is as accessible and approachable as it gets. Everything is on the same page. I did the analogy, or could this be some meta? Oooh.
Location, menu, and contact info is all there for your enjoyment. And this place screams enjoyment. How about those views? How about that pastry pal?
As I said they have a plethora of hot teas, so this is only the beginning. I’ll be back soon.
Thank you Naptown as always!