Actually I don’t recall the last time I was in the tropics. So this title is purely for show.
However, a serendipitous visit to Coffee Nature in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, DC gave me a little piece of the tropics at home.
As I’ve stated before on numerous occasions, the atmosphere, the energy, and everything else around you is just as important as the tea you’re drinking. If someone rubs you the wrong way, say a friend, family member, the staff member of the shoppe/restaurant, or some random person, if can suddenly dilute even the tastiest of food and drink. The opposite occurred here.
Tea houses are not as ubiquitous as coffee houses, so sometimes that’s where you’re going to find some hidden gems. It may be their own loose tea, the standard tea bags you can find at your local grocer, or some obscurities that you would only find when you weren’t looking. I wasn’t looking for anything. I’m guessing the Tropical Hibiscus from Rishi Tea falls somewhere along the latter.
Before I even walked in I got the sense that I was in for something special. The shop is nestled amongst a neighborhood of charming homes. It felt like home walking in. I didn’t even need to do research afterwards to get the sense that this has that community feel that I always hope to find when discovering a new place for food and drink.
Now I don’t know anyone in the neighborhood but I imagine, even for a city like Washington DC, that some friendly bonds and comradery would materialize organically and rather swiftly. That’s also up to the individual and the universe itself.
I was all set to get a more familiar tea for the day but then I saw smack dab in the middle of all these teas was that Tropical Hibiscus and I’m grateful I did.
I ordered a turkey wrap for no particular reason other than I was in the mood for some turkey. I figured the avocado was enough to make believe I’m on a tropical island. An armchair will do.
To my pleasant surprise was the presentation. My tea was brought to me with a silicone tea cover. This also made the tea sipping experience that much better. It may be a little thing but it’s a big thing.
The tea has loads of orange and tangerine flavors. That’s the true stand out here. For a tea of this magnitude it’s going to feel feeler than what you might expect. Lemongrass is always a welcome addition to any cup for me. And I just love the fact that hibiscus and rosehips are ingredients in so many of the teas I’ve come to love. This one in particular I’m intrigued by.
Why am I intrigued? I can’t find it on the Rishi site itself. I hope I’m wrong but if you do a search it doesn’t come up. So I’ve posted third party sites, like this on here, where you can find this tea.
The staff at Coffee Nature was laid back and welcoming. Again, for DC I was surprised. Once again, it’s what you choose to see and what you attract. Not everything in every cosmopolitan town is watered down and pretentious. There’s a place for everyone. There’s room for everyone. How funny that I’m the one who unintentionally had to write about one of the more obscure teas. So I’m the jerk.
To find all of Rishi teas in your area (aside from obscure pick) click here.
This photo was taken at a local grocer near me, Whole Foods. Every Rishi tea known to man except the Tropical Hibiscus, oops.
If you’re in DC, check out Coffee Nature. I hope to be back. If I lived nearby I’d frequent it at least a few times a week. And I love Rishi tea. I hope to get the opportunity to talk about some more soon.
As we approach the chillier months, it’ll be most likely back to hot teas and complementary foods to go with. If the weather presents itself, or I’m feeling unconventional, there will be a cold or iced tea review that will make a sporadic appearance.
Thanks so much,