Serengeti Teas and Spices
I’m a bit of a coffee and tea aficionado. One of my favorite shops for purchasing tea is Serengeti Teas and Spices. The Harlem establishment opened in 2013. Their original location on Fredrick Douglas Boulevard was a gem of a gift shop. They carried African teas blends that you wouldn’t find at your local grocer. They would also prepare drinks by the glass so you could try different teas before committing to a tin.
This year the store relocated to E125th street. The new location is larger and in addition to the offerings from their previous storefront Serengeti also offers a tasting room where you can delight in tea flights and food parings. I recently went with my sister Esther.
We were treated to alternating flights of iced and hot teas. They served my all time Serengeti favorite-jasmine lemongrass. They also introduced us to some new flavors including Honeybush Rooibos and Ginger Tumeric.
We happened to time our visit when they were in between their fall and winter menus. Their kitchen made a special menu for us of dishes that they are planning to include throughout the season. We started with a pumpkin bisque. That was followed by calamari with roasted peppers, carrots, and cabbage. Our final dish was stewed tomatoes. In between courses we were presented with more tea as a pallet cleanser. To close out the meal we were served mini hot chai lattes.
Serengeti is wonderful and it’s an experience you want forget. If you want to try the tea and food tasting you’ll want to make reservations ahead of time. They do have a small counter with seats in the front so if you want to drop in to grab a cup and a baked good you can do that without reserving a seat.
Serengeti Teas and Spices 22 E 125th Street. If taking the subway take the 4,5,6 or the 2,3 to 125th street.