Tea for All

Newly opened T. Loft offers a wide selection of premium, freshly brewed, organic loose-leaf black, white, green and herbal teas that can be served hot or iced. Take your pick from white peach, passion fruit jasmine, black lavender, Moroccan mint, Egyptian chamomile, ginger ginseng, apricot escape or coconut cream — or a specialty blend like “Wellness,” “Cleanse,” “Post Tox” and “Feel Better” — just to name a few. If you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, just ask co-owner Jill Minton and she’ll let you smell the leaves to inspire your decision.
T. Loft also makes tea lattes: coconut almond, chai tea, ginger matcha and ivory white matcha, as well as fusion teas made from a blend of fresh fruit juice and tea, such as blueberry lemon and blackberry lime.
And you can get some to go: T. Loft sells loose-leaf tea by the ounce and in tea bag sample packs.

With names like “Warrior,” “Green Chia Machine,” “Cucumber Revival,” “Brain Berry,” “Fast Focus,” “Alive & Alert,” “Extreme C,” “Easy Breezy,” and “Calm & Cool,” T. Loft’s fresh, blended-to-order juices include tasty and healthy ingredients such as strawberries, blackberries, apples, pears, grapes, pineapple, oranges, lemons, mangos, carrots, cucumbers, celery, spinach and kale.

Just like the beverages are “all natural, made fresh, no artificial anything” according to the menu, so is the food. Although a short list, these yummy and nutritious treats pack a punch. Choose from fruit and veggie cups, gluten-free chocolate crinkle cookies, sweet potato brownies, peanut butter protein balls and more.

With a charming, inviting, kid- and group-friendly vibe, T. Loft’s atmosphere encourages you to relax and rejuvenate. Crystal chandeliers overhead, upbeat notes of music and soft interior shades of gray create a sense of serenity. The rather intimate spot provides seating for about 40 people with a comfy couch, chairs, padded benches with pillows and window seats. There is free Wi-Fi and plenty of tabletop space for working or playing.

After years of struggling with fatigue and digestive issues, Minton and several members of her family were diagnosed with celiac disease. They learned to cope through healthy eating, which lead to discovering the benefits of tea and natural foods and juices, and to the start of T. Loft. As she says on her website, T. Loft’s mission is to “offer a community of support on a relentless journey to fuel your and our bodies with energy and inspiration.”

photo: Brooke Vandever