Good tea wants to be savored, appreciated, and sipped slowly, without the noise and hustle-bustle distractions of the typical coffee shop. Few modern establishments can offer this kind of peaceful, untroubled environment – even fewer can afford to focus their attention on complete tea service, aside from vintage tea rooms in smaller towns. Indianapolis’ Tea’s Me cafe, at 140 E. 22nd Street, Fall Creek Place, has created a warm and restful haven for those wishing to slow down for a few moments and enjoy quality, free-trade organic teas from around the world.
While most cafés and restaurants find their tea through suppliers and buyers stateside, Tea’s Me owners Wayne and Stacy Ashford buy their green, white and black leaf bases directly from sources in Japan, India, China, and South Africa. Ever the artist, Wayne has experimented with his own unique blends: the chalkboard menu lists a special white tea and pear variety of his own design: Le Monde du Wayne, which is French for Wayne’s World. Although the impressive menu might be somewhat overwhelming to the tea novice, boasting just under a hundred different tea possibilities ranging from tisanes and herbals to rare blooming teas, the owners are quick to explain and accommodate. Guests are invited to smell and view the colorful leaf mixtures and dictate their specific preferences regarding hot, iced, decaffeinated or sweetened brews. One can sit inside and enjoy live music on the weekends, or opt to sit on the quiet patio and listen to the quiet trickling of a water fountain. Appetites for something more substantial are more than accounted for; baked goods and wholesome sandwich and soup options featuring homemade breads are available to accompany the tea selections.
Tea’s Me has been recognized in Indianapolis Monthly and other area publications for their signature blends and welcoming atmosphere. Having already staked their claim in Indy’s corner of the tea empire, the Ashfords are committed to sharing their conquests: all of their premium leaf blends are available for purchase in the café, as are other elegant pieces of tea ware. Tea’s Me also provides a gift basket service and a Tea Club that showcases sample blends and discounts within the store – great gift ideas for a picky tea connoisseur.
One could travel the world looking for artisan tea selections like those found neatly tinned on Wayne and Stacy’s shelf downtown. Find a few hours in your busy schedule and donate them to a good cause: a tea break at Tea’s Me café.