Destination Tea: Urban Tea

[**Editor’s Note: Urban Tea is now under new ownership with the following changes to the details below:  in place of full afternoon tea, now “Sweet Tea” is offered with scones, desserts and tea during open hours for $12.50 with 24-hour notice requested.**]

Where:  Alpharetta, GA
Style:  Romantic Chic
Tea Selection:  100+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Friday, 12; Saturday, 12 or 2:30
*Private parties may reserve the CommuniTea table anytime during open hours.

Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact:  678-446-4200
Cost:  $20 Afternoon Tea – sample menu here
Destination Tea Tips:  It IS there! Urban Tea occupies a slender space between the Which Wich? and Robeks stores. Locally-based Certified Tea Specialist and author Lisa Boalt Richardson guest teaches some of Urban Tea’s classes. Follow Destination Tea on Facebook to learn about upcoming events.

Urban Tea exterior

Urban Tea entrance

Destination Tea Notes:  For more than 20 years, hosts Lori and Tom Karras operated two tea houses in Palm Beach, Florida, before relocating to Georgia, bringing their delicious recipes along. The couple has now cleverly integrated an afternoon tea space into their new tea shop in Alpharetta by reserving the back half of the store for a “CommuniTea” table. Sliding French doors seclude the dining area away from the bustle of the shop up front, creating the feel of a dinner party. Afternoon tea is a communal experience if you choose to socialize with your neighbors as pots of pre-selected teas are passed round, while each group of friends has its own sandwich and dessert trays.

Urban Tea CommuniTea Table
Our tea table awaits, graced by glamorous chandelier
Beautiful chandelier over Urban Tea CommuniTea Table
Afternoon tea goers enjoy the intimacy of the CommuniTea table while shoppers pop in for their tea purchases at the front of the store.

Tea Service

Personal stainless steel pots and modern teaware at Urban Tea
Tags tied to stainless steel pots label the pre-selected teas we pass around the table. Servers are diligent about making sure that everyone has their fill of each tea.
Extensive loose leaf tea menu at Urban Tea
For an additional cost, you may choose to sample another of the 113+ loose leaf teas available. We were well pleased with the three proffered teas: Sencha (green), Apple Pie (rooibos) and White Christmas (white).

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

tea sandwiches at Urban Tea
Kudos to Urban Tea for slicing their bread thinly! Sandwiches include cucumber with herbed butter, spinach quiche, tomato cheddar and Helen’s dip (with horseradish) and pineapple jam on toast. Yum!
Tomato basil soup at Urban Tea
A large bowl of tomato basil soup with grated cheddar accompanies the savory platter and we are (rightfully) encouraged to dip our tomato cheese sandwich into the soup. Perfect!
Crostini and cheddar at Urban Tea
English cheddar drizzled with honey is served alongside the savories course. Our hosts check that we are getting enough to eat – YES!
Dessert tray at Urban Tea
A huge chocolate chip scone (more like a cupcake than a biscuit in its consistency) is served with cream and preserves. Desserts include pecan bar, chocolate-dipped strawberry and to the Nothing Bundt Cakes fan’s delight, their miniature carrot bundt cakes with cream cheese frosting (ideal partnership, as the bakery is a plaza neighbor of Urban Tea).
gift corner at Urban Tea
Tea gifts, condiments and home accessories are for sale up front in the store.
Wall of loose leaf teas at Urban Tea
Owner Lori Karras wants you to find a tea you love, and so will encourage you to smell a tea and taste a sample of it, which she brews up on the spot, before you choose one to purchase.
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Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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