Zhi Tea in Austin, Texas
Michelle rated this place
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(x-posted from Yelp:)

My day did not start off well. I had a doctor’s appointment at 9:30 (for a simple update of my birth control prescription), and they said it’d take an hour – I was there for TWO HOURS, and only fifteen of that was spent talking to someone. Then I went to Whole Foods to get lunch, and because I was running late, I hit it in the middle of the lunch rush – everything was a total clusterf-ck and the lines were out-of-this-world wacky, so I left, heading to Zhi Tea. By this time I was kind of grouchy, since I was hungry and this was supposed to be my day off.

An hour and a half later, I felt like I had just been to a spa. Oh MY. Where do I even start with how awesome of an experience this was? I sampled one of their teas, asked a LOT of questions (I’m fairly new to tea), got a mug of cacao chai (delicious, btw) & a chocolate croissant (also delicious, but does that need stating?) and relaxed for a while, then sampled another tea, chatted about all the different kinds, and left with three of the teaser packs. Both of the associates I talked to were delightful – friendly, informative, not pushy, oh so helpful.

I came home, all blissed out despite crappy road construction for most of the east-side length of 7th street, and immediately raved to my roommate about it for ten minutes, then made her smell all of the teas I bought. Their tea isn’t cheap, but it’s not the most expensive ever, either, it tastes great, it’s organic and fair trade, and all of the pastries & such at the counter are organic AND locally made. This place is amazing. Just go there.

I hope they liked me, because they’ll be seeing me on a regular basis from now on!

PS: that original review was written over an hour ago and I’m still all blissed out. I wonder if they spike their tea? ;)



Just started actually drinking tea a few months ago! Mostly bagged, haven’t tried loose yet. Here to learn more about it & interact with other tea lovers.


Austin, TX



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