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A daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. – Chinese Proverb


The story of tea begins over 4,000 years ago. The Camellia Sinensis bush is native to the Yunnan Province of China, where legend has it that Emperor Shen Nong accidentally boiled tea leaves and “discovered” the joys of hot tea. As with many legends, there is little evidence for this. The story does, however, point to a fascination with tea.

We love food and drinks, here on Washington Street. We also really love the stories behind them. The stories give us a sense of tradition, and help us retain a respectful approach to preparation. We hope to honor the tradition of quality and history, while bringing creative and fun ideas to these ancient drinks and classic foods.

Sometimes, though, it is simplicity and care that makes a beverage stand out. This is what we like so much about Mem Tea Imports. Mem is located in Watertown, Ma. They source tea from the best tea producing regions in the world, and they also venture to smaller tea producing regions such as East Africa and South America. The chamomile tea we serve at Ellie’s and Gracie’s is grown on Mem’s farm in Saco, Maine!

Chamomile Tea from Karnak Farm, Saco, Maine - Photo courtesy of Mem Tea

Chamomile Tea from Karnak Farm, Saco, Maine – Photo courtesy of Mem Tea

We follow strict brewing guidelines for these teas. Each cup of tea is has a specified measurement, water temperature, and steeping time. The results are sublime. The chamomile tea is silky and rich, the Blue Flower Earl Grey is soothing and deep, and the Assam is strong and hearty.

We are happy to offer Mem Tea at Gracie’s and Ellie’s, and enjoy working with and learning from our friends at Mem. Won’t you join us for a cup?

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~ Thich Nat Hahn

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