Today’s Cup o’ Tea: Souvia Tea
Perks (what I really like!)
Souvia is probably my favorite independent teashop in the Phoenix area. I love it mostly because it’s dedicated only to delicious tea.
As you walk in the door, an earthy tang of pure tea with all-natural flavorings floods your senses. You’ll think you’ve just walked into heaven. (Oh, wait, maybe that’s the Apple Computer store. Could there be two heavens? Ah, but I digress…)
Surrounded by 120+ premium loose teas and tisanes (herbals) from around the world, and knowledgeable baristas to help you understand all their nuances, what’s not to love?
I find the store small, but comfortable, and a very relaxing respite from the daily GRIND, if you’ll excuse my pun.
Souvia also has a nice little selection of tea accessories. I found myself the perfect “Tea-vangelist” TEA-shirt there, too. (Oh, I’m just full of them today!)
Share a cuppa (the stories)
Owners Bret and Kerstin Wingart explain on their Web site that the idea for their shop came to them in the spring of 2004 while hiking in the Maverick Mountains south of Prescott, Ariz. Based on their initial plans that day – plus research, and inspiration from tea room and retail establishment visits in Germany, Austria, China and Japan – the Wingarts opened their store on Jan. 7, 2006, in Phoenix.
The name Souvia is a combination of two partial words. “Sou,” from the word “soul,” reflects the belief that tea and its traditions are good for one’s soul. “Via” the Latin root for “the way,” and the last part of Kerstin’s middle name, also fit. Therefore: “Souvia,” representing the soul of Olivia and the way of tea.
Very nice. This wordsmith approves.
What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)
The focus is strictly on custom-brewed teas here, so you’ll find only a few goodies and snacks. My Almond Dream brew, which tasted like a freshly warm oatmeal cookie, beautifully complemented the deliciously chewy chocolate chip cookies I shared with my friend Andrea.
The Grind (what I would change)
I only wish Souvia was not 45 minutes from my home in Mesa!
Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
- Souvia offers informative, customized tea seminars and tastings.
- They host private events, too.
- They sell gifts and accessories to help you brew the perfect cup of tea.
- The owners are members of the USA Specialty Tea Institute, and their training and dedication to the craft certainly shows.
The Grounds (location)
15414 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Tea Times (hours)
Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.