It is no secret that Guwahati is the new breeding point for cafes and bistros. Over the last couple of years, a number of new cafes have come up to liven up the dormant food scenario of the city. And talking about bistros and cafes, one of the most exciting things that has happened to the city is The Tea Story – the first and only tea bistro of its kind in the region! The Tea Story can be termed as one of the catalysts for the bistro culture that has gripped Guwahati in recent times.
A pioneer of sorts, The Tea Story is located near the Brahmaputra Riverside at Uzanbazar. A small cafe with beautiful and elegant interiors, The Tea Story serves you some of the most exotic and unique varieties of Tea from across the world. From Japanese Matcha to Manipuri black tea, you find it all here. The cafe also serves cakes baked by Ruhi Barooah, which prove to be the best companion for your cup of tea.
The cafe is housed in a heritage building which has been carefully renovated for the purpose. With a total seating capacity for 40 people, the cafe has an outdoor seating area as well.
Talking about the concept behind the cafe, its owner Deba Pratim Das said, “Although Assam is famous for its tea, there was no place in Guwahati where one could savour a good cup of tea. I wanted to start a place where one could appreciate different varieties of tea in a relaxed environment.”
Deba Pratim Das is MBA holder in hospitality management who has earlier worked with the Marriot Group of Hotels in the US and JTB, Japan Travel Bureau. Taking us through the range of tea items served here, Das said, “For a first-time visitor, we have a range of black, green and white tea served here. If someone does not want to go with our herbal aromatic tea, they can try the Japanese Matcha Green Tea. Clients can choose from Koicha (Strong Matcha Green Tea) and Usucha (Light Matcha Green Tea).”
One of the most popular items is the Japanese Flowered Blooming Tea. As the name suggests, a flower bud is put in a cup of hot water to make this beverage. When put in the water, the bud blooms into a flower and that particular flower lends a unique aroma to the entire cup of tea. A cup of Japanese Flowered Blooming Tea will cost you around Rupees Three Hundred.
Coming to the pricing, the food items are reasonably priced – neither too cheap nor too expensive. The price range of all the beverages hovers between Rs 50 to Rs 300. “Most of the food items here are very affordable and I want everyone who comes here to have a great cafe experience,” says Deba Pratim.
The bistro has also partnered with baker Ruhi Barooah who runs a Cake Studio by the name of Cake Cottage. “We always wanted to collaborate together. Ruhi’s cakes have become really famous in recent times but she does not have any retail outlet. With The Tea Story, we now have a place where people can enjoy her range of cakes along with their favourite beverage,’ says Deba Pratim.
The Cafe is also supporting “The Organic Assam Campaign” an initiative to empower small tea growers of Assam.