Tucked just off the Beltline, behind the wildly popular Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, is a small but very pleasant tea shop called Just Add Honey.
Large glass jars holding different loose-leaf tea formulations sit neatly on shelves in the sun-splashed shop, organized by type and caffeine level. A 16-ounce hot tea of your choice costs $5, but, if you plan to drink it there, the experience might be the best five bucks you can spend in town.
After a quick chat, the knowledgeable server will recommend a few tea options. Pictured here is Awake, a mixture of green tea and yerba mate that’s on the higher end of the caffeine spectrum. It has a fruity, layered flavor that’s much more distinct than any mass-produced green tea. Another excellent option is the Earl Grey cream, which uses vanilla and cornflower petals to create a sweet, smooth cup of black tea that barely needs any sweetener. In its dry form, it smells like cookies.
After ordering your tea, make yourself comfortable in a parlor-like sitting room, or a colorful working room with a large communal table. The tea is brewed with delicate precision — you’ll know it’s ready when you hear a timer go off and there’s a flurry of activity from the server. She’ll bring your tea on a silver platter, with a selection of sweeteners, including delicious organic honey, and pour you a cup from an adorable miniature teapot. There’s even a gingerbread biscuit, a small touch that feels almost outlandishly thoughtful. It’s hard to imagine feeling more like royalty anywhere in Atlanta, much less for $5.
Just Add Honey. 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta. 404-850-6510, justaddhoney.net.
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