Brewing tea through a succession of steepings from the same tea leaves means that over a single tea session, the flavors, aromas, and impressions evolve from batch-to-batch. As a result, drinking tea becomes a dynamic process that draws one ever back to the novelty of each and every moment. Meanwhile, the attention paid to the brewing process itself only serves to heighten this present-mindedness.

Drinking tea in this way creates the perfect conditions for mindfulness, and almost always leaves one feeling much more at ease than when they began. There is nothing left to do, nothing to wait for, no instructions to uphold, and no training required – tea guides the way to a place of calm without effort. Little wonder, then, that Buddhist monks have revered the tea ceremony in its myriad forms for centuries! It is also for this reason that tea facilitates connection and friendship so well; when people are present – and able to sip some tea before speaking – they end up listening much, much more deeply. Northeast Tea House aims to make this remarkable and satisfying relationship with tea (and, by extension, with each other) easily accessible to all by providing a space specifically designed around the mindful appreciation of tea.