I like a nice cup of tea. I’m quite content with a good teabag at home, though I experiment with loose tea in a pot too. But I’ve noticed recently how hard it is to get a decent cup when we’re out and about. So few places offer an authentic tea drinking experience! When I pay for tea (and I’m not talking about anything fancy, just a regular tea), I would like loose leaf tea in a teapot, with a china cup. I don’t want a teabag in a teapot. I don’t want a takeaway cup when I’m sitting in. I don’t want a cup of hot water where I pay for the privilege of making it myself! It’s really starting to bug me, so I’m going to document my quest for a great tea drinking experience!
I want to note that since I’ve been in Launceston, the nicest cup of tea I’ve had (apart from those drunk at the Flinthart residence, made with rainwater and Real milk!) has, weirdly, been at the Bunnings cafe – teabag tea, but really nice! That’s just not right…
Some places tried thus far:
I like the local Banjos stores for their kid-friendly atmosphere and yummy food, but the make your own tea thing is annoying.
Gloria Jeans, Kings Meadows: wouldn’t normally go into a GJ just on principle, but husband wanted to try it. I won’t go back. Got hot water in a takeaway cup with a teabag, in a sit down cafe. Service was friendly enough, but no.
Le Cafe, East Launceston: tried this out this morning. It’s a tiny little place, but has great customer service. Sadly though, it was a Twinings teabag in a pot. I can drink Twinings at home! Nice menu and atmosphere though.
Holy Guacamole, Launceston: fairly slow service in this purported Mexican restaurant/coffee shop – I think the place has a bit of an identity crisis! Again, teabag in a teapot, and I had to ask for extra milk here, as it was a bit stingy. An interesting experience.
Relax Cafe and Espresso Bar, Newstead: another tiny cafe, only had four tables I think, and another teabag cuppa. Very generic.
Swamp Cafe, Invermay: pleasant service and reasonable food range, but teabag in a pot.
I think that’s about the only cafes I’ve tried so far. Am now on the hunt for somewhere I can get a proper tea experience! Any recommendations?