Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cultivate Tea

Cultivate has been serving tea in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighborhood since December 2014.  At the time of my visit, the tea room was located on Main Street near East 20th Avenue and they are moving this week to their new location just 1.4km (under a mile) away on Main Street and East 7th Avenue.

Owners Jude Wang and Lynn Liu have created a space that is peaceful and cozy.  Seating, which is somewhat limited due to the size of the room, is at tables, at the window counter, and at the tea bar.

During my visit, I was allowed to explore uninterrupted, getting a feel for the space and looking over the menu and wares with no sense of urgency.   When I was ready to engage in conversation, I found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable.

Many of the loose leaf teas available for purchase can also be enjoyed in-house, individually or in tea flights.  The selection of teas includes classics from China and Japan, most of which were sourced directly from small farms.  The tea packaging includes notes on provenance and harvest dates.  Cultivate also sells teaware, including artisan pieces, kombucha, small baked goods, and Kishu Binchotan water purifying charcoal sticks that are also utilized during in-house teamaking.

For this visit, my friend and I enjoyed a tea flight with each tea skillfully prepared for us.

Left: Anji Baicha made from Dragonwell leaf from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

Center:  Phoenix Oolong - Autumn Snow harvested October 2017 in Fenghuang, Guangdong Province

Right:  Old Tree Baiye harvested April 2017 in Fenghuang City, Guangdong Province

Cultivate plans to open their online store sometime this year.  Follow them on Facebook for updates and events.

New Location:  2280 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N69
Previous Location: 3623 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N69

11:00am to 7:00pm Tuesday-Sunday
Closed Monday

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