by Val Amiel Vestil
The culture of tea awareness here in the Philippines often only resonates to a bottled soda, a complementary beverage in fast food chains, or the kind mixed with milk which we aptly call milk tea.
A place in Bonifacio Global City takes root of the real and original tea that is often put to the sidelines.
Da.u.de Tea Lounge, owned by the first Filipino Certified Tea Master Renee Sebastian, is a wellness company with the mantra of “traditional wellness for modern lifestyles.”
With the primary goal of educating Filipinos about tea and tea culture, da.u.de Tea Lounge is conceptualized and created to feature different teas and their blends, and show customers the wonders that they can do with tea, and hopefully bring it to their households.
Da.u.de Tea Lounge doesn’t just serve tea it shows you how it’s actually made. The “chicest tea lounge in town” also cooks and bakes pastries with tea—a flavor that would seem unusual at first, but ends up surprisingly gastronomic. Not to mention the health benefits of tea.
Although organic is as healthy, anti-oxidants are the new wellness critters in the market. Infusing tea into your food, which is an anti-oxidant in itself, gives tea a big advantage in fostering for a healthier lifestyle.
Da.u.de Loose leaf teas and blends are inspired by ancient remedies. And one favorite that customers look for every time their feet take them drudgingly to the tea lounge is something that can calm their nerves and keep them rested. Seffarine is a nice blend that Renee suggests. Its components include peppermint, lemon verbena, rose marigold, chamomile, lavender and cornflower.
Although the tea lounge has a myriad tea blends that wish to suit your needs, Renee lets out the artist in her and keeps it personal by doing her own blending as well, challenged to come up with a new flavor and not forgetting about the wellness angle of it all.
Renee also thinks that there is no value in using every tea leaf from every region. Rather, to showcase the craftsmanship and the mastership of tea is what she feels is treasured.
Creating tea is a marvel to watch in itself. From pouring the hot water to your blend and seeing tea leaves unfurl, da.u.de Tea Lounge is the perfect venue for seeing the Zen magic of making and consuming tea, coupled with the modern buzz of the tea lounge.
Oh, and it’s pronounced /da-you-deh/.