"Make things happen, explore distant shores, and most of all, drink tea."
With this philosophy, Albert Gschwendner and his wife Gwendalina turned their dreams of a teashop into a reality in 1978.
And it was this tea shop that I discovered in the middle of a very dull country. Because if there is anything that can bring me joy in Riyadh, is discovering a new cuisine or an exquisite food shop.
Gschwendner was one of them and it is now on my Top list to see and check every time I am in the Kingdom tower doing some shopping.
Gschwendner. Yep, it is German. And I admit that the name is a bit hard to pronounce and actually google later when I wanted to write this post. But this name turned out to be as lavish as the products inside!
The small shop in the kingdom is in the ground floor, and you can see a teapot boiling outside as if greeting you to come inside and explore a new world of Tea leaves. And this is exactly what happened. The teapot was enough to attract me inside and discover this Tea Haven!
|Hundreds of Tin drawers with different types of dried tea leaves from around the world!|
|A Book just for Tea from the shop|
It was Tea Menthe ( mint), the famous Moroccan tea. A tea with a very fresh aroma that passes directly through your lungs even before you realize, and giving a bitter and sour taste at the end of each sip.
The types range from the most famous Darjeeling Black leaves, the bold Srilankan Ceylon, Diplomat's Tea, Sencha Japanese leaves, Jasmine leaves, Hawain Flower, dragon fruit, ginger, lemon grass, sleepyhead, mate, sage leaves, herbal spice...etc!
So, I made my mind for now to read the book, choose the type of tea and go buy shop some leaves! ( TeaGschwendner has an online teashop)