Whilst building this website I've been looking for something inspiring to start off the blog with and I found it on a recent trip to Prague: Tea Mountain. Tucked away in the off-the-tourist-track Karlin district is a haven for any tea lover. And I was instantly smitten.
Modern, yet relaxed with a distinctly Japanese aesthetic which immediately appealed to me. Shelves full of gorgeous teaware, fabulous lighting and a scattering of tables to sit and enjoy tea at. Perfect. An entire side of the shop taken up with an immense tasting bar. Bliss!
After enjoying some excellent tea, beautifully and properly served at table and browsing the teaware, I got chatting to Martin, the man behind Tea Mountain. And there I spent the next couple of hours at the bar, tasting some exciting new teas that had just arrived (an Autumnal Tie Guan Yin had to come home with me) and chatting about all things tea. Other patrons dropped in for tea or to collect stock and there was a lovely little tea 'bubble universe’ where everything revolved around a shared appreciation of fine teas.
I discovered the wonderful pottery of Jiri Duchek, a Czech potter using local clays and salt glazes to make the most wonderful teaware (yeah, a pot had to come home with me too). Got a peak at Martins private stash of tea wares and rather too happy over a stunning little caddy. Really it was to die for and reminded me of a particular Mizusashi (Japanese Tea Ceremony cold water jar) in miniature. I had a little geek out moment!
I left with a smile on my face, goodies in my bag and a spring in my step. One day, I’d like my own teashop like this.