28 Jun '17, 5am
Spirit Tea: Camellia Sinensis Purists At The Coffee Bar
Compared to those brands mentioned above, Spirit is minuscule, a tiny little upstart barely a year old, playing a different game very much by their own rules. At Spirit you won’t find Earl Grey, you won’t find Jasmine Green, and you won’t find powdered bubble tea base. You will instead find a seasonal, ever-changing menu of teas from Taiwan and Japan, some in exceedingly rare small lots, directly imported in a rainbow of colors from white to green to black and blue. The two met in a coffee shop in college—coffee is a sub-narrative throughout their tea journey—and worked together for a tea wholesaler, running a chain of tea stores before the opportunity came for Scherer to travel to Taiwan. There he worked for a tea garden specialized in Oolong and began hatching a plan to expose more Americans to the beauty of the tea he experienced there. Spirit launched not long after.