It smells really, really good inside Tea & Tarts, the new downtown Bangor tea house and eatery that opened last week.
It’s not the smell of the simple, elegant vegetarian fare that co-owner Sara Moreshead cooks up in her kitchen that you first notice — though that does smell very good. The smell that hits you when you walk through the doors into Tea & Tarts’ serene, airy space at 20 State St. is the tea.
Every sort of scent creeps around: a hint of mint here, a note of lavender there, a pop of ginger and turmeric as co-owner Caity Brown steams up a golden milk tea latte.
“I think the thing about tea is that there really are endless flavors, endless styles,” said Brown, a Bangor native. “People have been drinking it for thousands of years, in every kind of place. You’ll never run out of teas to try.”
Since she and Moreshead last year hatched their plan to open a downtown business, Brown has been on the hunt for exotic, deliciously flavored teas to serve at the cafe. Tea & Tarts presently has 33 varieties of tea on its menu, available as individual cups or as a whole teapot, served in the many vintage and retro teapots Brown and Moreshead have bought at thrift stores and estate sales over the years.
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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