Today’s Cup o’ Tea
The Grounds (location)
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1064
Tempe, AZ 85281-4927
(right across mall walkway from Barnes & Noble)
Tea Times (hours)
Mon–Thurs: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Fri–Sat: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
Knowing about this little tea place is like a your own, secret, tea lover’s “tree house” in the middle of a mall. I’ve taken to fancying it for my writers’ tribe meetings because of the intimate environment, boffo tea selection and assortment of tasty munchies.
Tea Infusion is busy, but quiet; tiny, but comfortable; and emphasizes tea, not coffee (very refreshing to find once in a while).
What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)
They offer an amazing assortment of teas – more than 90 varieties, served up by a knowledgeable staff of baristas. Plus, their lunch fare includes a number of tasty, fresh-made sandwiches, salads and desserts.
Perks (what I really like!)
As I said, it’s a pretty quiet place, but people come in and out to use the free Wi-Fi, and to buy bulk tea and accessories, as well as imbibe delectables.
The most delicious tea I’ve tried is there is the Cookie Monster herbal tea – a blend of caramel, fruit, and almonds – which passes as a liquid version of an oatmeal raisin cookie. Can you say, “Coo-oo-ookiee-ee-ee?!”
My fav’ sandwich so far is the Tuscan Chicken piled with moist chicken, tangy goat cheese, pesto and veggies. Yum!
The Grind (what I would change)
A cover over the blender to mute the periodic noise would be helpful.
Share a cuppa (the stories)
The owner is mysteriously missing from any online mentions, but a card I picked up at the shop says it’s Christine Dilorio. The shop opened in 2007.