City: Columbus, GA
Stop: Te Amo Tea
Drink: Southern Vanilla
Nestled in the heart of Broad on the Phenix City-Columbus border is a unique beverage and dining experience. If you’re walking downtown and blink, you’ll miss it. Columbus has 6 Starbucks, 4 unique coffee shops, and One dedicated tea shop.
The proprietor is an expert on teas from all over the world including the history and brewing of many unique blends. He even sells loose leaf tea, if you make it out and decide you want to take it with you.
When you walk into Te Amo Tea immediately it’s like a weight is lifted, throughout his decor he uses natural and earthy colors that are conducive to an all-around relaxing experience. The shop is full of soft cushions and places to sit and a chic style that feels perfect for the creator wanting somewhere to brainstorm. The environment feels charmingly haphazard and personable, which makes sense because the space was previously an art studio and that sentiment is still felt with the current setup.
The tea does take a little while to brew, after all, perfection takes time. If you don’t know what you like with your tea, you can let him know what flavors you like and he’ll set you up with your perfect tea. It’s definitely not a place to go if you’re in a huge rush, and it’s a MUST if you’re passing through or have an afternoon to kill.
This evening, we dropped by and I took a chance on a somewhat new menu item: Southern Vanilla tea. And honestly, all of his teas blow me away and this was no exception. It had a delicious lightness and was perfectly sweet. It doesn’t take him any time to get a grip on what his customers enjoy. The southern vanilla was accented with cinnamon with was a lovely complement to the sweetness.
I usually try to stray from the caffeine-free options, because I apparently need all the energy I can get but he may have converted me over. If it’s your thing, he does also have Boba Options like Tapioca and Strawberry which add a more tactile element to the experience.
He also has food, he makes a lot of breakfast sandwiches that smell phenomenal but I can’t comment on taste as I haven’t had them yet. If you give it a try, let us know and we can feature you in your own post!