Verdant Tea

For those whose overzealous embrace of third-wave coffee has resulted in a case of the jitters, Verdant Tea offers a more meditative alternative but treats its titular beverage with just as much seriousness. The serene Seward shop imports teas with names like Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe directly from Chinese farmers. Drinking gaiwan-style, via a sharable, ritualized tea set, means the same stash may be steeped multiple times to allow you to “go on a journey,” the tea-rista says, experiencing new flavor subtleties as the leaves open up.