T’S hard to escape the onward march of the coffee shop and it’s bitter brew, but now relief is in sight for those who prefer that lighter, more refreshing, and let’s face it, simply better beverage, tea.
Cha Cha Cha at 3 Northwestern Arcade in Birmingham, directly opposite Rackhams, is the antidote tea drinkers have been looking for, a quality brew a million miles away from teabag tea in a pleasant and relaxing environment and at a price we can all afford.
The business is the brainchild of Ash and Romi Mukherjee and is unique in the West Midlands for the range and quality of tea on offer.
“We’d been talking about it since 2005 and did our research and it was plain that there was simply nowhere where people could go for a good cup of tea,” said Ash, an accident and emergency consultant at Russells Hall Hospital.
Together with his wife Romi, a former Times of India journalist, they developed the concept and three months ago, Cha Cha Cha was born.
“We don’t sell tea exclusively,” said Ash, “if you want a cup of coffee you can have one, but it will be like the kind of tea coffee shops sell tea lovers!”
For me, a little tired from donating platelets at the Blood Transfusion Centre, a pot of pearl tea was brewed as a pick-me-up, and it quickly became plain that it’s not just the tea that counts, but the entire process.
Pearl tea is tightly rolled up leaves of Darjeeling, which thanks to the glass teapot, the customer can watch unfurl as they brew.
And the taste? Frankly it was just what the doctor ordered and the beauty of the Cha Cha Cha experience is that the tea leaves are so good you can have your teapot re-charged for free and still get a quality brew.
Prices, considering the re-fill policy are extremely reasonable – my Pearl tea is £3.75 for a single pot while herbal, mint and ginger teas are a snip at £2.05.
So, next time you’re in the city, search out Cha Cha Cha for a nice relaxing brew in perfect surroundings.