Berlin pulsatesto a design-led beat – even down to the tea. The über-chic emporiumPaper & Tea is – as its name suggests – a site devotedto all things related to stylishly brewing and serving the perfect cup ofblack, white, green or oolong tea. From the rare blends to the sculpturalJapanese stoneware for pouring them, a quick browse presents a quirky Zenbreak.
The robust teasection (second picture, from €12 for 20g) – from White Shangri-La tea (€3.50) to Green Rooibos (€2) – iscategorised by both oxidation and country of origin, and accompanied by tastingnotes, ingredients, histories and brewing tips. There is also the option tocreate custom blends (€1-€4.50): tweak a classic grey and jasmine byadding flower buds, aromatic oils or spices, and give it an eccentric moniker – Sacred Emily and Tai Lao Wu Xing set the tone.
Teapots, cups,bowls and serving trays have an elegant simplicity. Standouts are the Taiwanese Prosperity Pots (first picture, €98), in white, black or green, and traditionalJapanese Banko Kyuso pots with built-in strainers (€64). Serenity Tasting Cups(€12) and natural Purion clay varieties in varying sizes (€8) promise tointensify the flavours of heavily oxidised black and pu-erh tea.
A final note onthe “paper” aspect of the shop: the stylish notecards, pads andwrapping papers (€3 per sheet) are inspired by traditional Japanese patterns,while the bold graphics and vibrant colours of the greeting cards (third picture, from €4) wouldmake fun vehicles for springtime missives.