Melbourne is seen as the coffee capital, but brewing under the surface is a growing tea community. I don’t just mean bubble tea either, but speciality tea carefully sourced from around the world.
I am madly obsessed with tea, and I’m so happy to see some tea rooms and bars begin to pop up around town. Oxi is right around the corner from where I live and I see myself becoming a frequent customer.
There are so many ways to enjoy tea all over the world and so many different rituals associated with drinking it, which is really part of its magic. Taking the time to make tea; from laying out your chosen tea making equipment, measuring out your tea, making sure your water is the right temperature, watching leaves unfurl and using the same leaves again to make more tea is a mindful activity.
But we don’t always have the time to dedicate to hour + long tea sessions. Oxi uses a fancy machine to efficiently brew their tea (Teapresso) and I’m grateful that I can grab a tea on my way to work, or in my lunch break, and know that it has been brewed perfectly. It is a different type of ritual, and means I can incorporate more tea into my life.
The exciting thing about Oxi is that they have a great “Afro-Asian”tea menu, listing teas from Taiwan and Kenya. Some that I am keen to try is “Kenyan Purple Leaf” tea, described as plum and vegetal, Murang’a Red, which is said to be ‘strong and malty, cocoa beans and fruity’ and Shan Lin Xi, with the description of ‘savoury, foresty and floral.’
Oh and they do food! I’ve tried their gorgeous hot mochi, which is stretchy, not too sweet and the perfect accompaniment to tea.
I’ve also enjoyed their tea infused soy pudding, topped with passionfruit, honey and dried osmanthus and rose. It was seriously a beautiful treat, with such wonderful textures.
I’m so happy that such an amazing business has opened so close by to me, and I can’t wait to spend all my money there, drinking my way through their entire tea menu! Highly recommend you check it out too, and try some new teas!
Visit Oxi Tea Room at 5 Cornell Place, Carlton. Follow them on Instagram: @oxitea.room