The shelves stuffed with various board games was an invitation to stay and enjoy a just-brewed tea at Teaspresso Bar in the Heights.
I thought it was a nice touch because most similar tea concepts have a grab-and-go vibe.
The space at Teapresso also had plenty of seating, including two hanging wicker egg chairs paired with comfy cushions, that added to the inviting atmosphere.
When it comes to iced tea, I’m a sucker for sweet. Under the signature tea menu options is the Tropic Osmanthus, which was a perfect fit for my sweet tooth. It also happens to be the second-most popular drink at Teaspresso.
While there is the option to change the sweetness of any drink on the menu, I kept mine at the regular level.
The Tropic Osmanthus is osmanthus tea with guava and lychee. I could have added boba or other add-ons, but the cashier suggested I go without for this drink option.
Guava fruit is something I can really only describe by comparing it to other fruit. Its flavor is a combination of different fruits, like strawberry, pear and maybe a hint of mango. Lychee reminds me of grapes but with a subtle floral aftertaste.
Guava and lychee both make this a very fruity, tropical drink that I can see myself enjoying many times in the future.
I also sampled the Mango Kumquat Green Tea and the Trespresso Milk Tea.
The first is a blend of the fruity mango with citrus, which hid the typical bitterness of green tea. It’s pretty much purely mango in taste.
The milk tea is Teaspresso’s top drink and is made with non-dairy creamer with assam tea and hajicha tea.
The menu at Teaspresso has a little bit of everything, since it serves both tea and coffee. There’s even a selection of smoothies. The menu also boasts of non-powder, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan options.
For 25 percent off all beverages, you can visit the tea bar during its happy hour from 5–8 p.m. Monday–Thursday.
The Hawaii-based tea bar will probably see me often. I’m glad the Heights was the first to get this concept on the mainland United states.
Address: 718 W 18th St.
Hours: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Tropic Osmanthus