In recent Queen Anne news, a new teahouse opened just a couple of weeks ago in upper Queen Anne, Cederberg Tea House. The shop serves up lattes and cappuccinos made with Rooibos, a South African bush tea.
The place is named for the region in South Africa where Rooibos grows naturally. They serve espresso-style drinks with fresh ground Rooibos, as well as several South African treats like Romany Creams, Mulva Pudding, Brandy Tipsy Tarts, and more savory items like British Sausage Rolls and tea sandwiches.
The owners, Natasha Robson-Lovato and her mother, Cecile Robson, are South Africans that have transplanted to Seattle. Their business originally started as a local catering company, and the new shop is their latest expansion of the business.
It all started with Natasha’s wedding – where she and her husband had a traditional South African high tea event requiring the purchase of the right tea cups – culminated in the start of their business. “There was no place to rent tea cups, so we had to buy hundreds of them. After that, we figured, we’ve got all of these cups, so why not start our own business?” she said, according to an article about the shop on the Seattle Weekly’s website.
According to a Queen Anne View report back in May about the expected opening, the owners are pleased to have their teahouse in the neighborhood. “Queen Anne is such a perfect location for what we are doing, because Queen Anne residents really seem to embrace small, locally owned businesses, which is exactly what we are… We can’t wait to share the treats and drinks from our home South Africa,” co-owner Natasha Robson-Lovato said.
Cederberg is filling a unique niche, since the Teacup’s closure of its brick-and-mortar store at 2128 Queen Anne Ave N in December of 2011. The new tea store will be the only place on Queen Anne to taste Rooibos tea again, however you can still purchase loose leaf plain Rooibos or Teacup’s Provence Vanilla Rooibos teas online.
Visit the new tea house at 1417 Queen Anne Ave. N or online. They are closed Monday and Tuesday, but open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Featured photo from Sweets.SeriousEats.com.