While coffee shops are a dime a dozen, specialty teashops are rarities and surprisingly, Subi is home to three. For connoisseurs (who are apparently all Subi locals), it’s a great way to explore new flavours from different regions and cultures and try some local blends.
Green Tea House
Perth’s first modern-day Japanese tea shop is Green Tea House. When owner Tsutomu Iwasaki moved to Perth, he saw an opportunity to show the beauty of authentic Japanese tea to the locals and so decided to open up shop and provide free tastings. Serving up traditional green teas such as sencha, gyokuro, matcha, Green Tea House also stocks take-home teas, tea ware and tapestry to bring an oriental feel to locals’ homes. All teas are imported from Japan, with the majority from Kyoto, the home of Japanese tea, and Kagoshima, Perth’s first sister city.
Although best known as a coffee shop, Brew-Ha have a hefty curated tea section including five categories of tea: multi-region blends, herbal flowers and fruit infusions, single origin tea, green and white tea and flavoured tea. Most of their teas are sourced globally from destinations including Germany, Sri Lanka and South Africa. With over 20 blends available, they have some really unique flavours, such as a caramel tea sprinkled with creamy caramel pieces, as well as a vanilla tea flavoured with Madagascar vanilla beans. For something a little different, try their multi-region blends that they make themselves in-store. Or, if you’re more into the classics, you can of course score some really high quality chamomile, peppermint, chai and more.
The Clean Food Store
Wholefood store and café The Clean Food Store specialises in selling organic foods, so it’s no surprise their tea selection is almost entirely made up of organic loose-leaf varieties. Their offerings are of a more classic nature than the previous two, with lemon and ginger, peppermint, chamomile, green, English breakfast and earl grey on the menu. Unique tea blends such as Chinese herbal tea occasionally make a special appearance too, so keep an eye out.