At the new Sencha Tea Bar (previously The Tea Garden, remodeled and under new ownership), staff spin an overhead wheel of 120 teas. The wheel showcases a loose leaf tea collection that’s tripled in size and ranges from $2-$35 per ounce.
Sencha at 26th & Hennepin aims to prepare each tea at the perfect temperature, whether it’s required to steep for one minute or 16.
“We make each tea the perfect way,” said co-owner Dan Kent.
He said the shop is designed for people to stay for hours at a time. Outlets with USB plugs are within reach of any seat, he said, and they offer the fastest Wi-Fi available.
The shop’s previous vibe felt like a dorm, Kent said, and they’ve tried to retain some of that feeling.
“We want high-quality drinks without being pretentious,” he said.
With millions of drink possibilities (Kent’s done the math), Sencha offers black tea lemonades; avocado shakes; teas with tapioca, flavor shots or fruit jellies; and teas with water-soluble caffeine for smoother energy boosts.
“It’s a great way to start the day,” he said.