It’s Always Tea Time At Puck’s Alley

Alana Folen
Wednesday - March 16, 2011
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Ervin Gong, owner of The Tea Farm Cafe with a cup of Hazelnut Honey Bush tea

If coffee isn’t exactly your cup of tea, then you just may find what you’re looking for at The Tea Farm Cafe. Conveniently located at 2600 S. King St. in Puck’s Alley, this recently opened chic and modern tea house offers 50 types of tea, including green, black, white, oolong, herbal and floral teas.

Owner Ervin Gong opened the doors to The Tea Farm Cafe just last month and says operating a tea house has always been a personal aspiration of his.

“After graduating from college, I spent a lot of time in Beijing,” says Gong, who graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in finance. “Starbucks wasn’t as abundant in Beijing back then, so I went to all the tea houses instead. These tea houses inspired me to sell tea online, and I’ve always wanted to have a cafe or a tea house, so now I can say that I’ve finally fulfilled that dream.”

According to Gong, all teas available at the cafe are imported from across the globe, specifically from countries such as Japan, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Taiwan and Sri Lanka. The herbal tea Hazelnut Honey Bush is from South Africa and has proven to be a top-seller.

“It has a nice hazelnut flavor and everyone loves it,” Gong says. “Also being that it’s herbal, those who aren’t fans of caffeine like it too.

“Other loose teas such as the Jasmine Dragon Pearl is also popular among locals,” he states. “This green tea is nicely rolled up into a ball with a fragrant jasmine flavor, once you put it in water it opens up and makes for a delicious tea.”

All teas are served hot or cold by the cup for $2.75, by the pot for $5, and loose tea is sold by the jar for $10 to $20, depending on the weight.

Gong welcomes all customers to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Free WiFi is available with any purchase, and there’s a bookshelf with a variety of books to choose from.

“Customers are welcome to take any book from the shelf as long as they replace it with another book.”

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., The Tea Farm Cafe also serves up sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, breakfast items, desserts and, most importantly, chocolates.

“A friend of mine makes homemade chocolates made with tea - Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles, Green Tea White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Krispies,” Gong explains, adding, “The cheesecake and tiramisu are very popular, too.”

For more information on The Tea Farm Cafe, call 945-2679 or visit .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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