Paper & Tea by Fabian von Ferrari
Tea has historically been viewed as a quintessentially British drink, but after teasing us for donkeyâ€™s years about our love of a good cuppa, it seems our coffee-quaffing continental cousins are starting to take a leaf out of the Britsâ€™ book and embrace tea as a beverage worthy of respect. While coffee still retains its crown in mainland Europe, tea is certainly gaining ground and itâ€™s now recognised as a gourmet item in the same way as wine and chocolate.
Berliners are clearly getting wise to the delights of tea; speciality store Paper & Tea has just opened its second branch in the cityâ€™s Mitte district, blending a retail operation offering a huge array of carefully sourced leaves from around the world with an educational dimension aimed at demystifying tea culture.
Fabian von Ferrari has designed the store to be part tea shop, part natural history museum. Free-standing presentation cubes with sliding drawers and rows of shelves hold both information and produce organised by oxidation level, from white to green, yellow, oolong, black, and puâ€™erh (a rare speciality of Chinese tea culture virtually unknown in Europe). Tea is available to sample, brewed by a â€œteaistâ€ in the Gong-Fu style, and thereâ€™s a space next door for tea seminars and specialised tastings.
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