When Physical GraffiTea shop owner, Ilana, opened a canister of Scottish Toffee Pu-Erh tea, the aroma was so fresh, strong, and rich, it was almost intoxicating. It cleared my mind and relaxed my entire body. This was no ordinary tea, but a powerful potion.
As she closed the canister and put it back on the shelf, I instantly wanted more. We tried several others and the gust of fragrance from each one was enthralling. These were the freshest and most atmospheric teas I had every sensed.
When we finally arrived at the Matcha green tea powder, I was ready for something a bit more mellow and it did not disappoint. The aroma was so calming and fulfilling.
Ilana carefully prepared a Matcha Latte with almond milk behind the counter in the traditional Japanese way with a whisk. We sat at the front of the cafe to enjoy the green colored lattes and chat about tea and her shop.
Physical GraffiTea is located on St. Mark's Place in the vibrant East Village neighborhood of New York City. It's just below street level in a building that was used for the cover art of Led Zepplin's Physical Graffiti album, hence the name of her shop.
Most striking about the tea shop is the enormous range of teas to satisfy any palate or mood. There are over 200 varieties, all fair trade and organic, which cover the east wall of the shop in silvery canisters. Each one offers uniqueness and variety for the most casual tea drinker to the most sophisticated.
Tea varieties include black, green, white, oolong, jasmine, and rooibos. But that's not all. Yerba mate, tisane teas, herbal and medicinal teas, and Pu-Erh and chai teas are also available. When you are visiting New York City, the peaceful and relaxing tea shop is the perfect place to catch your breath and try as many of the varieties as you'd like. My favorite place to sit is under the large painted tree in the front corner.
If you aren't in Manhattan, you can see photos of each tea in Physical GraffiTea's menu in Treatmo and choose the one you like. All teas can be ordered and shipped to your home or office direct from the tea shop via Treatmo. In a few taps, you can enjoy the wonderful aromas and flavors any time you like. If you don't have tea bags or a tea strainer (or a whisk for the matcha) you can purchase them through Treatmo as well.
Below are some flavors that are sure to please.
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Scroll through the menu below to see all of the available teas for order.