02/03/2017 by Edwin Pangestu 0 Comments
The Artisanal Tea Blender
Find your own cup of tea from 89 selections of premium tea blend in Lewis & Carroll.
By the end of 2015, the modern tea house: Lewis & Carroll captivated the bloggers and early adopter communities in Jakarta with its rainbow colored tea cups and interior decoration. The posts of the place which was influenced by Japanese design’s clean look in Instagram were usually followed up by common question such as, “what a cute place, where is it?” However, we knew Lewis & Carroll was very serious about tea when we see the unique smelling station: small batch of various tea blends in test tubes to help customers find their own favorite cup of tea, and wide range of the tea blends. The clean, colorful Japanese interior design and adventurous smelling station are the reasons why Lewis & Carroll went viral back then.
In total, Lewis & Carroll offers 89 tea blends which can be grouped into 12 categories: black tea, black blend, white, white blend, herbal, green, green blend, oolong, oolong blend, spice, fruit, and flower. Every tea variant can be enjoyed hot or iced. With their wide variants of artisanal tea blend, it’s a definite heaven for tea lovers out there. “Lewis & Carroll is on a mission to introduce Indonesian tea to the world, not as commodity, but as a brand. We use 80% of Indonesian tea in our modern tea house,” said Bambang Laresolo, Lewis & Carroll’s Master Tea Blender.
“We offer different tea experience to customers. People might have their own personal taste preference, that’s why we give you many choices. If you’re still new to tea and feel confused, we have the smelling station. Most of the times, if you like the smell, you’ll love the taste of the tea,” said Bambang.
Tisane & The Food
Even if you don’t like the taste of traditional tea (I’m not sure if there’s any), you can have “tisane” or herbal tea: tea that is not made of actual tea (camellia sinensis) leaves. It is usually made of dried fruit, spice, or flower. Some of the favorites are: Wild Ones (cranberries, elderberries, hibiscus, cherries, morello, raspberries, red rose buds), Happy Summer Days (apple, pineapple, papaya, mango, mate, hibiscus, bamboo leaf and lemongrass), Island Cordial (mango, orange, strawberry, marigold, safflower, pineapple). For the tisane, Lewis & Carroll use imported German fruit and flower. In fact, it is almost impossible for anyone not to find their favorite cup from these 89 variants.
Brewing tea isn’t as simple as pouring hot water into the cup of tea. Every type of tea requires different volume of the water, temperature, and brewing time, very similar to coffee. Lewis & Carroll is using the modern device called “steampunk” which has individual preset for the wide range of tea blends. “I ensure you whoever brew the tea will give consistent result because we have set different parameters for every type of tea, and the brewing was done with machine,” add Laresolo.
Tea isn’t best enjoyed alone. Lewis & Carroll also has wide range of food from salad, main course, to dessert. Some of the recommended menus are: Pan Fried Salmon (pan fried Norwegian salmon, mashed potato and mixed salad with lemon butter cream sauce and tomato sauce), Vietnamese Salad (green lettuce, endive lettuce, red radish, julienne red paprika, grilled chicken breast with homemade vietnamese dressing), and Cacaocha (kyoto matcha crème brulee textures of chocolate, cashew feuilletine).
If there’s one item that Lewis & Carroll focuses on, it’s their white tea, the least processed of all teas and considered as the best and most expensive tea. White tea itself comes in 3 categories: silver needle (made solely of youngest tea bud), white peony or bai mu dan (made of the bud and the leaves below it) and shou mei as the lowest grade of white tea. “Back to our concept as artisanal tea blend, we see tea as an art. There are 3 aspects of our products that have to be good: the look, the aroma, and the taste. We use only silver needle tea because quality is our main concern. Silver needle is best looking among all teas. It also has the highest content of catechin and theanine,” said Bambang.
Catechin is a specific type of polyphenol and antixodant. It may reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disorder, it also has anti-aging properties. Meanwhile, theanine has the potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, boost mood, and cognitive performance. Last but not least, it has some caffeine boost that you need to start the day or get things done.
While tea is popular with many health benefits, Bambang prefers to associate Lewis and Caroll’s tea to taste. “Our silver needle white tea tasting profile is very light, delicate, and more to the fruity side. To emphasis the subtle taste of the white tea, we usually blend it with another fruit to create interesting tasting notes,” said Laresolo. In addition to their favorite Snow Owl ( silver needle white tea) and Snow Leopard (organic version), Lewis & Carroll has 5 other white blend involving fruits such as: mango, orange, black currant, kiwi, to flowers like marigold, safflower, cornflower, red & pink rose petals. This line of white tea blends are often paired with their Pan Fried Salmon.
If you’re interested in learning about premium tea and tea blending, this might be the perfect place start. Lewis & Carroll regularly holds open public tea academy to educate the market and customers. Even though the tea scene is not as numerous as coffee shops, Lewis & Carroll is one of the few places in Jakarta which managed to bring the fun and color to the world of tea.
Lewis And Carroll
Jl. Bumi No.4, RT.2/RW.3, Gunung, Kby. Baru,
Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12120,
Phone: +62 21 2702660