I love discovering new things in Tampa, so when the owners of Naga Tea, a new tea shop in the area, invited me in for a visit, I couldn’t wait to check it out!
While I enjoy tea, I usually don’t deter from my usual white or black teas, so I brought my friend Jazmyne along who’s tea-obsessed, for her opinions on the menu items as well.
When we walked in, we instantly loved the quirkiness of the shop. Little figures lined the counter, including Hello Kitty, minions, the Hulk, and my personal favorite, Baby Groot!
While chatting with the owners, recent USF grads, Carl and Yi-hsiang, we learned that the tea shop opened in October, and was created to introduce the community to Taiwanese tea, after realizing that Tampa was missing out. This new business focuses on the authentic experience, providing tea imported from Taiwan, and a variety of fresh, herbal, milk, and fruit teas. Even better? These guys are focusing on the nutritional aspect, only using real fruits, and avoiding powers and artificial sweetners in their teas.
Naga Tea also acts a unique hangout or study spot for USF students (and non-students), with big tables, free Wi-Fi, and shelves filled with fun games to play, like UNO and Cards Against Humanity.
Now that you have some background on the shop and a tour of the place, let’s get into what we went for, the tea! With a little help from Baymax.
First up, was a hot mint tea for Jazmyne, and a Iced Pomegrante Green Tea with Boba for me! I’ll stop right here and just say, this was my absolute favorite across the board! It wasn’t too sweet (you can request a specific level of sweetness if you want), but the flavor was just right! Jazmyne was also very happy with her mint tea!
For the next round, we added Coffee Milk Tea into the mix, which was a delicious dessert-type drink! And Jazmyne’s favorite of the drinks we sampled, Pink Lavender Tea. This one reminded me of something you’d drink at a spa. The smell was very relaxing and it just had that spa drink taste to it. The tea bag was also left in the drink to keep the flavor strong, even when the ice started to melt.
For the grand finale? An item that has no name yet, because it’s not officially on the menu yet! But when it is, you should order it! What would you name this Oreo-topped, ice cream, coffee milk drink?
If you live in (or are visiting) the Tampa area, make some time for a visit to Naga Tea, open daily from 12-10 p.m. at 10950 N 56th St. in Temple Terrace. You won’t regret it!
What’s your favorite type of tea?