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Best Twist On Tapioca And Tea: Essencha Tea House

Best Twist On Tapioca And Tea

Essencha Tea House in Oakley is a haven for tea lovers. With an extensive menu of green, black, white, oolong, herbal and rooibos teas, plus a line of infusions from local Lola’s Botanicals, the tea selection (which you can sample for free) is about as vast as the café menu, which features edibles like kimchi crepes, a cold smoked-salmon sandwich and a matcha goddess salad. For bubble tea lovers — or those looking to try the Asian treat for the first time — Essencha offers a customizable selection. Choose your freshly brewed tea base and fruit syrup, shaken and poured over sweet tapioca pearls. Or order from the signature bubble tea menu. The favorite Chai Hizzie features their excellent housemade chai — an authentic tea taste with the right blend of sweet and spice — chilled and poured over sweet pearls. Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-533-4832, essenchatea.com.