Tuesday, 19 January 2016
An incredible tea-tasting at Piacha, London
Coffee does not excite me. I do not drink coffee. Blergh.
Tea, on the other hand. Now we’re talking.
So when London tea bar and shop Piacha invited me in to sample some of their delicious brews, I was unsurprisingly keen.
I’d presumed it’d be a case of “choose a cuppa, take a snap, drink up and ta-rah.” But no. I was treated to a full-on tea-tasting with Piacha’s founder, Pia, which was a delight.
I’m not sure I’ve ever drunk so much tea in the space of two hours (and I do drink a hell of a lot of tea.)
You guys, I loved it.
One of the things I most loved about Piacha is the fact that they’re open till 9pm. It always bugs me when cafes close at like 4pm, because let’s be real here: tea and cake time is any time of day, am I right?
The tea bar has a trendy relaxed vibe - think exposed brick walls, orange armchairs and jazz playing in the background. No one is rushed to finish their tea or leave, but left to relax and take their time whilst sipping delicious mugs of freshly-brewed tea. It's not the cosiest of places, but I liked the ambiance.
I was welcomed into Piacha before being introduced to the many many teas on offer - I’m so grateful I was allowed to try a range as there’s no way I could’ve picked just one! I sniffed the different tea leaf blends and chatted to Pia about my tastes in tea and we eventually decided on a selection to try.
First up in my tasting was the milky oolong tea and apple green tea.
The apple green tea was delicious and you could really taste the cinnamon - I scored it a fat 9.5/10! And I have to add that it went down a treat with an apple muffin, bursting with chunky pieces of fruit. Yum.
Next up: camomile citrus tea with a herbs and houmous sandwich.
Coming up next was the tea I'd been most looking forward to: rooibos rhubarb fudge, and chocolate cinnamon rooibos (yes, really.)
The rhubarb was still lovely and very rhubarby, scoring a highly respectable 8/10, so still yummy despite perhaps not quite living up to my hopes. Can we get a round of applause for rhubarb fudge? Good work.
We finished my tea journey with black teas: vanilla early grey and black cherry, with a little chocolate brownie bite:
And despite feeling pretty gosh darn full by this point, Pia insisted I try one of their ice tea smoothies, and I chose earl grey peach.
All my teas at home seem super boring now.
And of course, mes amis, these are just my opinions. Tea's a personal thing, ya know? And there are so many more flavours to try at Piacha! I thoroughly recommend a visit. Which flavours take your fancy?
Thanks to Piacha for inviting me in for a tea-tasting but as always these are my honest opinions.
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