The last time I wrote about a tea sipping experience in Ellicott City, it was one of those transforming events that can’t ever be replicated. It was almost too good for words. Actually it was and I went ahead and wrote about it anyways.
You can’t compare one over the other, and it looks like I just did before I even began, but, the Bean Hollow nestled in perfectly in Old Ellicott City has the charm and panache of what makes this neighborhood so great.
I’ve been here several times before but under different circumstances and right before I started doing this Tea thing that I do. If I had known now what I knew then, this would become a fixture. And it just might be.
The place is so inviting, so cozy, and will charm even the most grouchy and dopey of patrons. Well maybe not, but I think so. There’s nothing that’s going to jump out and scream overly pretentious at you, and this is what most of us want. We want a local shoppe that makes you feel at home even when you don’t know anybody.
You don’t have to now anybody. But in this community, at least for this moment, it seemed like friendly folks knew each other or knew of each other. And in the most positive and warm of ways. As an outsider, I want to believe that. There were several random smiles and hellos from people I’ve never seen before (maybe I have hmm..) and it’s still always a pleasant surprise to me. It should be the rule and not the exception. I think that made sense.
All I intended to do was to come in here for breakfast and maybe grab a coffee or tea (yes tea!!) to go, and keep on doing whatever I was doing. I’m not sure what that was, but unless it’s something dire, was there really a rush?
I was set on what turned out to be a delicious breakfast sandwich and noticed a bunch of teas on the counter from Montana Tea & Spice Trading llc.
Never heard of them. Not sure how else I would discover them but I’m happy it happened here.
There were packages for sale but I kindly asked the staff if they sell these teas individually for sipping. And they kindly said yes. Yay! I went with the Cherry Almond Green, and honestly it likely tasted better because of the setting.
What I mean by that is if I drank this at home or on the road it may have just felt like any standard tea. Not that there would be anything wrong with it, but I’d likely forget about it as soon as it over over. But because I sat down, had a lovely breakfast, and my tea was presented in quite the charming cup, the results were likely so much different.
Otherwise it tasted like a standard green tea with some cherry flavoring added to it.
And I took my time too. By knowing I’m not always here, and not sure when I’ll be back, I took a few photos of my food and tea and then turned the camera off. This was peace that is (by mainly our own doing) harder to come by.
Many coffee and breakfast shoppes are charming yet they all have similar and sometimes bland characteristics. This one had a little more to it. I know my love affair with charming towns like this one have much to do with it but regardless this tea likely tasted infinitely times better because of where I was and how I was feeling.
In addition, I would absolutely try more of their teas in the future if the opportunity presents itself. And I hope and I know that it will be at Bean Hollow, which makes me so happy. I can’t wait to go back.
Here is more on Montana Tea & Spice along with their contact information if you’d like to know more.
If you’re in the vicinity I would definitely stop by Bean Hollow and maybe you will find a source of rest and relaxation here as well.
Take good care,