Oh how I lust after places dedicated to one thing. If you do something well, then keep at it. At Amanzi Tea, they've cottoned on to what they do well - tea - and turned it into a leafy haven for tea lovers.
A friend of mine lives in Brixton, but instead of staying local, she said she'd take me somewhere in central, to grab a cuppa. As we walked into Amanzi my heart sang; It's a tea cafe, full of all the tea you could imagine. One wall houses all sorts of white, green, red and black tea, caffeinated and not, plus herbal blends. Instead of single tea leaves, like green oolong, however, they have blends such as 'candy cane' (£3.00), which is, as well
It's called Amanzi, but I think there's been a typo because it really should be called 'amazing'. The tea varieties are extensive, and available in both loose leaf (my favourite), or tea bag.
The on-hand staff asked about my preferences; I had a sniff of the samples and chose silver needle; white tea is generally considered the purest tea leaf because the leaves are crafted from young buds, so the silver needle wasn't heavy in fragrance, but delicate and slightly sweet. I ended up buying the 'white pear', white tea blend also.
Amanzi also has an array of tea-making paraphernalia: tongs (2.80), a perfect teacup sized teaspoon (£2.50), a tea maker (£18.00), and ball infuser (£4.00), amongst other teaware. The owners claim teaware 'simplifies' the tea making process, and they're right. With tea bags, a well-brewed cup is straight forward, but with loose leaf, it is a bit messier, and the right tools are necessary for a proper cuppa.
As my friend and I spent the good part of an hour sniffing, mulling over, and finally drinking tea, we were only slightly aware that the cafe also sells coffee, bubble tea, and familiar cafe snacks. There's only really one reason to visit Amazi Tea, though: for a proper brew.