|Ku Cha House of Tea on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall|
|Quick break in Boulder with sister-in-law Cara|
We started our trip in Boulder; my husband was there for business and I tagged along to connect with tea friends and family. My sister-in-law, Cara, resides in Denver and we had such a great time last year visiting with her and her husband and two boys (as well as The Brown Palace and Celestial Seasonings!) that I knew we’d be in for more fun this time around. Cara was my “tea wing-man” on all but one of this year's tea outings and we slurped and sconed our way through two days of afternoon teas. I know, tough assignment (ha!), but we were up for the task.
|Ku Cha employee, Nich Dipasquale brews us up a sample of teas|
The first night in Boulder, it was unseasonably warm - the region had been dumped with snow the week before (and the week after!) our visit - and when my husband and I decided to dine out in the city’s Pearl Street Mall, we were caught up in the spring fever of the locals. Open air dining was available at almost every restaurant in the upscale neighborhood and as we walked down the busy streets, we came across Ku Cha, a Chinese tea room and retail store. Located right on Pearl Street, this inviting store grabbed our attention immediately with its bright, cherry interior lined with shelves of tea. The customer service was equally appealing as we were treated to tea samples and steeping demonstrations by Nich Dipasquale.
|My brother brought this peeing baby back from China. I picked up one at Ku Cha in Boulder.|
It was amazing, but less than a month after Ed showed me the peeing baby he brought back, I ran into the same tea accouterments in Boulder at Ku Cha. Nich prepared a variety of teas and ran through the peeing baby demonstration for us a few times, to our delight and, yes, giggles. Of course, along with a shopping bag full of tea, I bought one hot water indicator for myself.
|Nich D. prepares a sample of Ku Cha's teas|
We also met the owner of Ku Cha, Qin Liu, as he stopped in briefly just before the store closed. We wrote about our adventure for The Detroit Tea Examiner’s column: Ku Cha House of Tea: Where East meets West in Boulder.
|At Ku Cha - nothing like sampling some tea after a long day of travel|
We headed west for a taste of the East and enjoyed it all to the last drop!