People are often shocked when they hear that even though I work for Aldea Coffee, I don’t drink coffee on a regular basis. In fact, Aldea Coffee is the first and only coffee that I have ever had in my entire life. I began working here during the summer of 2015, and I began to appreciate coffee as I learned more about where it came from, how it was processed, prepared, and served. However, for my personal well-being, tea continues to be a pivotal part of my life and daily routine.
As an organization we put our passions and people first. Because of this, I was able to find a home here as the tea expert. I had previously been working closely with loose-leaf teas, so this was an area I was able to contribute to the new cafe. It wasn’t until I started working with Aldea that I learned what it meant to source products as close to origin as possible. I had the opportunity to meet Raj, founder of Young Mountain Tea, for the first time standing at a newly constructed Aldea in the Armory. The encounter was brief, but influential.
As our cafe began to grow, it became vital to add more options to our lineup of teas. We added an array of tisanes (non-caffeinated) and an Aldea featured tea, Cascara, made from the coffee cherry.
To share one of my passions with you, I assembled this guide of organic loose-leaf teas we offer at Aldea. Each tea contributes to the overall well-being, or bienestar in Spanish, of each person we interact with as well as how the teas interact within you.
All of our teas are available to purchase at the Armory.
Young Mountain Teas
Nepali Golden Black
Origin | Ilam, Nepal : Tinjure
Highlights | processes at a co-op in Tinjure, providing the growers with higher incomes.
Tasting notes | Rich & complex
Bienestar | a warm and grounding tea, serve hot or iced
To steep | 210 Degrees F, 4 min
Price | $10
-Low caffeine level-
Highlights | Plucked in spring, grown in the Himalayas
Tasting notes | Delicate, sweet, fresh
Bienestar | a mild and calming tea
To steep | 170 F, 5 min
Price | $10
Darjeeling Long-Leaf Green
Highlights | processed with the same machinery as 150 years ago.
Tasting notes | light, floral, fruity
Bienestar | a light tea for an afternoon pick-me-up
To steep | 180 F, 2.5 min
Price | $10
Darjeeling Ruby Oolong