Make a matcha latte with Kaleisia Tea Lounge in Tampa, Florida.
How did you get started?
It started with a wild idea — the idea that we could cultivate a community focused around artfully-prepared, loose leaf tea. How could we spread our love for this Eastern ritual, share and spread its natural health properties that have made our own lifestyle more enjoyable and rewarding every day? Where do we begin? We simply had to begin somewhere, and gave our small idea a home in Tampa in April 2005.
Since opening our doors in 2005, we’ve celebrated nine anniversaries, hosted gatherings small and large, organized fundraisers, received press recognition and more. But most importantly, we’ve grown into an oasis for our “CommuniTEA“. We’ve connected with individuals, families, and small businesses who believe in succeeding together. Year after year, we continue to spread our ever-growing love for tea, and what was once a wild idea is now a beloved, daily experience shared by many.
Where are you located?
We're just a few blocks away from the University of South Florida at the intersection of Fletcher Ave and 15th Street.
What are your specialities?
We specialize in premium loose leaf teas. Customers enjoy an wide selection of over 100 types of teas and blends. Our menu includes individualized brewed tea, smoothies, fresh and healthy light bites and entrees.
What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?
The iced Long Island Strawberry Green Tea is our favorite tea and the Turkey Panini is the best all around. There is something special about keeping things simple and cooking with the freshest ingredients.
What's on the stereo?
Our play list is quite eclectic. It covers world beats to current top 40 hits.
Where else should we visit in your area?
Check out the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for a fun stroll and any of Tampa's awesome brewery.
Do you host any special events?
We host fundraisers, live music nights, tea tastings, tea workshops, literary readings, and all sorts of community gatherings.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Kaleisia at it's core is a community. We are so honored to have so many folks share in our love of tea and have helped us shape our immediate community.
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