The Cha Cha Cha Tea Lounge in Birmingham was my favourite place in Brum to take loose tea. Unfortunately, a few weeks back, it began to close very early in the day. Eventually, this led to it closing for whole days at a time before a 3 long week of continuous closure has led me to believe it is gone for good. The opening times sign has been taken down. The chess board is gone from view. The letters beginning to pile up.
I first encountered this place through sheer accident when I was passing through the Lesser Western Arcade (the Great Western Arcade is more prettier). I had done through that tunnel before but I never seem to give it much thought. One day, I noticed it and went in. The first experience of their teas were a delight.
They only sell loose tea. They mostly come from the Darjeeling Estate in India. You think there is only one kind of Darjeeling tea? Wrong. There’s DJL 1st flush, 2nd flush, green, black, white, etc. They also do a very good Earl Grey (like nothing Twinings offer; a fully flavour), Assam, some special Chinese ones.
You’re not served the tea in a greasy cup in a metal pot; oh no. Glass teapot so you can see the brewing tea. Specially made teacups with matching saucer and milk jug. You use a strainer to pour the tea into the cup. If that isn’t enough, you have hourglass timers to time your brewing tea!
During the several weeks, I tried various blends of tea. I eventually decided to buy a china teacup, saucer, etc so I could make my own loose tea. They said they can sell me the glass teapots as well! Well, that was the week before they went into hibernation (why didn’t they tell me?) so I could not buy the teapot!
Alas, it pains me to say that they have probably closed down for good and there are no teahouse in Brum that would satisfy my needs. My quest goes on to find the items to make my own loose tea including the elusive glass teapot (many online are not small and elegant enough for my tastes).
At least look at the website (before it gets taken down) to see at what I am missing!
Update: it’s official. They’re dead as of 23rd July 2010… *sobs*