The first time I sipped at Teaism was such a treat that I can vividly recall the aromatic teas, salty oat cookies and ginger scones. Not a fancy place, Teaism just does things right. Barr asked that I specifically mention their chai tea, which she finds uncommonly good and fantastically prepared.
There are three Teaism locations in DC. They serve an appetizing breakfast menu and a varied luncheon/dinner menu with traditional sandwiches and Asian specialties including Bento Boxes and noodle bowls. From 2:30 until 5:30, Teaism offers two afternoon teas: Traditional (tea sandwiches, mini-sweets and a pot of tea) and Asian (rice, pickles, tea cured salmon with nori and a pot of tea). The customers at Teasim run the gamut from tea savvy students to darjeeling sipping politicos and business people. Obviously, Teaism specializes in hot and cold tea and tea beverages (Zhenzhou Pearls, Tisanes) but there are also Indian inspired lassis, ginger limeade and other fruit juices. Lucky for those of us who are longing from afar, Teaism has an online teashop where you can purchase their teas (56 varieties at press time) and other tea-related goodies like books and teapots.
Teaism has been turning out fragrant infusions for over 12 years. If you happen to be strolling through DC and stumble upon a Teaism, be sure to stop in. Your senses and your stomach will be delighted.