A stroll on Park Avenue is incomplete without experiencing The Spice & Tea Exchange store. Whiffs of aromatic teas and spices lured me in the shop. The Spice & Tea Exchange is a gourmet retailer specializing in traditional and exotic spices, herbs, seasonings, and teas from around the world. Plus their 60+ hand mixed signature blends and rubs.
For serious devotees of tea and for curious tea drinkers who want to learn more, it’s surprisingly hard to find a retailer with both quality selection and helpful service. One can get an assortment of organic tea bags at Whole Foods but The Tea and Spice Exchange is a welcome change for specialty tea and exotic spices and seasonings right in the heart of Winter Park.
The loose leaf tea ranges from Black, Green, Herbal, or Match. Indulge in the traditional Earl Grey or the more adventurous drinkers can be charmed by unique blends such as Blood-Orange Smoothie or Cinnamon Plum.
The best way to learn about tea is by sitting down for a tasting. Give some general suggestions of what you like, and put yourself in the owners Bryan Behling & Jeffrey Schrader’s hands. Combined with their well knowledgeable staff they will gladly walk you through their wide array to find a tea suitable to your palate. They don’t offer much in terms of tastings still with a little time spent at this lovely shop, you will surely return home with the ingredients to make the perfect cup of tea.
They also carry over 20 varieties of sea salts, whole and ground peppercorns, and wide variety of chili pepper. They proudly advertise “Take a look – you will find it here”.
Looking for something unique? How about Flavored Sugar? Blueberry Sugar, Espresso, Ginger, and Habanero to name a few. I don’t think I have managed to cover their entire stock. So why take my word for it? Next time you are in Winter Park, check out The Spice & Tea Exchange.
Beautiful display of varied collection of gourmet teas and hand blends of spices will surely entice you to take home few samples and inspire you to cook.
The Spice & Tea Exchange is located at 309 Park Ave, N Winter Park, FL 32789. You can also order online via their website.