Since 2015 tea lovers from around the Hunter and beyond have been loving the gorgeously refined space that is The Tea Collective. Situated above The Autumn
Rooms on Darby St, the more than 100 tea flavours and unique tea tasting experience was explained to us by owner Becci on our visit,
'There is a science behind the perfect cup of tea - as Westerners we brew our tea for a long time, and all the tannins come out, then we add milk and sugar
to soften the tannins again. The best cup of tea is the perfect combination of four elements: the water, the tea, the temperature and the time.'
Perfection and attention to every last detail is what the Tea Collective is all about and since launching the Tea Collective in 2015, we've been enticed
back time and time again to try each their new additions.
Our visit this time is all about, of course, trying some new tea flavours, and at the top of our list was the Chocolate Coconut Chai, closely followed
by the Barista's Blend and Wild Earl Grey. Along with wanting to sample everything from the refreshed new menu we also came to enjoy the soft jazz
and piano tunes that can now be enjoyed at The Tea Collective, which blend perfectly with the already elegant atmosphere.
For High Tea enthusiasts their three-tiered High Tea displays of savoury and sweet bites, made fresh on-site, paired with a delicious cup of hot black
tea, will have you in High Tea heaven. The layers of perfectly cut finger sandwiches, French Petit Fours and seasonal fruits are constantly rotated
so no two visits are the same.
If savoury is more your flavour, switch out the sweet and take the Low Tea option instead. A new addition to The Tea Collective, the Low Tea is all
about getting through that afternoon slump, just in a classier way. Made fresh each day the Low Tea can actually be ordered at any time and makes for
the perfect complement to a beautiful cup of Jasmine Green tea.
Special mention must also go to the homemade scones which are complemented by a delightful range of homemade jams that include; Rosewater, strawberry and
ginger jam and a beautifully topped off with a sprinkling of tea on top or a traditional black tea.
The Iced Teas are another menu must and are the perfect complement to any menu choice. The flavours change with each season, but are always light on the
palate and a refreshing take on a hot tea, an ideal choice with the long hot summer days approaching.
The Tea Collective isn't all about the tea, they also stock a beautiful range of teapots, tea wares, personalised gift packs, chai and matcha sets that
you can purchase. You can also get that special person in your life a gift voucher so they can choose their own favourite tea flavour.
Those with dietary requirements won’t be left wandering Darby St, they have a menu for vegans, gluten free and any dietary needs, just call Lily on 0498
838 367 to discuss your booking requirements. To avoid disappointment reservations should be made at least 7 days in advance