This past weekend, I took a little trip down to the nation’s capital to visit my mother for Mother’s Day. I decided that since I was in a great city such as Washington, DC I would do a little travelling coffee crawl! Now since I am from the area, I knew of plenty of coffee shops that I could venture to. However, one place instantly came to mind: Teaism. Located close to Dupont Circle, Teaism draws a young crowd looking to relax, chat and enjoy great food and beverages…and that’s exactly what I set out to do.
Approaching the shop, I could already tell how popular it had become. There was plenty of outdoor seating available in the form of benches and steps but every single spot was taken with people enjoying their tea and treats. Once I walked through the front door, the line of customers also provided ample support for my conclusion of its popularity. My wait to place an order was minimal. My wait to receive my food was also minimal, something that greatly pleased me and every other patron who wanted their delicious treat. The counter people seemed a little rushed and stressed when asking me what I wanted to try, but I didn’t hold that against them as the line behind me grew quickly. One observation (and tangent) I would like to make is the look of the people in DC as compared to those in NYC. It was evident that DC values comfort over fashion much more so than NYC. Most patrons seemed to be in jeans or khakis, flip-flops and a polo. This is definitely a more relaxed feel than that of the fashion-forward capital that NYC is known for. And it helped to relax me further as well.
As I reached the counter to place my order, I was unsure as to what I wanted to get. I remembered from years past that when I frequented Teaism, I always got the Chai Tea Latte. After ordering it again at this visit, I remember why. It’s delicious! I had to let my beverage cool down to a more drinkable temperature before enjoying it. Once I did however, the spice of the chai and slight sweetness added to it provided my taste buds with a very enjoyable experience.
True to form, I also had to order some sort of sweet treat. What Teaism is known for are their Salty Oat Cookies (pictured). Believe when I say that the salt in cookie’s name is no understatement. The oats baked into chocolate combined with a considerable amount of salt made this cookie simply amazing. I actually ate it a little too quickly and was left a little saddened that there wasn’t more (lol). Teaism sells their cookies in little gift packages which contain 6 cookies. Had I stronger willpower I would have bought one, however, knowing my intense sweet tooth I would have eaten the entire package in 30 minutes.
So if you’re in the DC area or going to be visiting it soon, you definitely need to check Teaism out. It’s one part of living in NYC that makes me miss DC so much!