There’s something classic about the idea of a tea shop, but TeaSpressa is anything but dated. Their founder, Allison DeVane, described that part of their appeal is their similitude to a simple coffee shop. “Tea can be very complex,” DeVane explained. Often, tea shops offer a myriad of different teas, blends, strains, etc. TeaSpressa has just four foundational blends to choose from: a red herbal tea called “Cape Cod,” a Earl Grey brew called “Charles Grey,” a green matcha tea called “Green Gold,” and a black tea — which they describe as being closest to standard dark-roasted coffee — called “Manhattan Black.”
In fact, Devane really considers herself as more of a coffee person. Traditional tea, in her opinion, is “quite honestly pretty boring.” But TeaSpressa is not traditional tea.
TeaSpressa tea is condensed and brewed like espresso, and has the same caffeine content as a cup of coffee. According to DeVane, their tea “holds its own like coffee,” with a similar body and bold flavor. Like coffee, it can be brewed into an iced latte or foamy cappuccino; these deviations from typical tea forms make TeaSpressa “more exciting [than] having a tea bag in your drink.”