Tea shops we found another one while visiting Pittsburgh, Pa.

Always looking for tea shops, we found one on a visit

While in Pittsburgh last weekend Paul and I were driving in the Robinson Township area.
Paul spotted a tea room and of course, we stopped.

Sisters Specialteas Cafe

It is a small cafe that would seat around 25 or so people. Each table is vintage and different, very neat and tidy with a retro feel. We were on our way to a wedding reception so we didn't dare eat much. We always make time for a cup of tea so we looked over a very extensive loose leaf tea menu.

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tea shop 4 I chose Organic Snow Buds (Xue Ya). This is a rare white tea from Fujian, China. Its liquor was a pale yellow with a subtle flowery taste. I noted that the tea was properly made and timed. This would account for the wonderful flavor with absolutely no bitterness. Over brewing is one of the biggest enemies of tea in my opinion.

Paul chose Organic Golden Yunnan. This tea is also from China, the Yunnan region. It's color was a deep red and Paul noted it's sweetness without the need of sugar. He was very pleased with his choice.


A talk with the chef

It was close to closing time and things were winding down there. We got lucky and were able to speak with the chef. Josh Baranauskas was trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He has many years of experience with some of the finest restaurants in the country.The Top of the Triangle of Pittsburgh just to mention one.

We asked Josh to tell us about the tea shops history. Sisters Specialteas Cafe is owned by Josh's mother Sharon Porta and her sister Susie Lugin. Sharon was introduced to loose leaf teas by a student from Oregon. When Sharon tried to buy the teas in Pittsburgh she was unable to find them.

Sharon along with her sister Susie decided to share the excitement of loose teas with their community. Their vision included the finest loose leaf teas and an exceptional, made from scratch, food menu. Their slogan "SOMETHING DIFFERENT IS BREWING' has proven to be right on target.

I noted there are many offerings of organic teas on their menu. Organic tea is not found in all tea shopes. A local organic farmer, Cherry Valley Community Farm, is promoted. His products are used in preparing some of their dishes as well as a local bee keeper for their honey products.


Something for everyone

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This tea shop is both health conscience and socially conscience, but there are plenty of goodies for those who want to indulge their sweet tooth as well. Something for everyone is their best description.

I would think of Sisters Specialteas Cafe as a great place to have a birthday afternoon tea party, bridal tea party or shower and a host of other group gatherings. BTW I peeked at their afternoon tea menus, take a look.

Afternoon Tea Menu

Crème puffs filled with your choice of shrimp or chicken salad

Tea sandwich assortment

Mushroom filled pastries

A variety of tea, breads, and scones served with lemon curd, Devonshire cream, and preserves

Tea, or iced tea

You will be able to buy loose leaf teas here as well as wonderful baked goods and lots of tea accessories.

Check out their web page at www.sistersspecialteas.com, you"ll find they have a monthly tea tasting and children's events as well. I wish I could make that Chocolate tea tasting on November 11th. That is not to be for me, I'll be here in New Jersey. Maybe it will be for one of you, if it is enjoy. Drop me a note to say how you liked it.


Chiodo's Plaza (Robinson Twp)
5996D Steubenville Pike
Mc Kees Rocks, PA 15136
Pittsburgh, Pa


(412) 787-TEAS (8327)

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