Food & Drink / London Life

Tea tasting at Piacha, Upper Street

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 16

Piacha is a cute little tea shop on Upper Street in Islington, and you lot know just how much I enjoy exploring Islington! So when Mokuska invited me, as a fellow tea lover, to join her for a complimentary tea tasting evening there was no way I was going to say no. Bring on the tea… 

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 07

Piacha was founded by Pia, a tea enthusiast and ex-lawyer with a background in technology. Her own quest for a delicious cup of takeaway tea inspired her to create a range of teas and a concept focused on fast service and quality flavours.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 30

And if you haven’t guessed it already, Piacha is a combination of her name and the word cha, which means tea! That’s Pia in the picture above, and she met us on the night to talk through a number of flavours and her story.

 

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 06

Piacha offers a whole heap of teas and blends  – just look how many! – for both drink in, takeaway and for sale if you’d like to brew your own at home.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 11

And if you want to give your cuppa a bit of a personal twist, there are flavour boosters near the counter that you can select to add in!

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 05

How beautiful do the roses look?

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 03

Before we got started, Pia had us smell the teas (there are mason jars with loose leaves for each blend on offer available near the counter for anyone to try before ordering) to make a decision about the flavours we were going to sample.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 04

Mokuska and I got a wee bit excited and ended up smelling nearly (if not all – I lost track!) every blend on that wall.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 01

And where there’s tea, there’s cake!

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 02

All sorts of cake, in fact.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 09

As well as macaroons…

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 10

… and a whole bunch of muffins, tarts and pastries.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 13

After we’d had a thorough browse of the teas and treats we decided to have a nosey about while the first round of tea brewed – starting with the downstairs!

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 14

Just how adorable is this little reading corner?

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 15

The first tea we tried was the Apple Green Tea, and I think we spent so much time snapping pics of it that it went room-temperature before we took the first sip! But it was still lovely.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 17

Next we headed back upstairs to a set of cosy red chairs at the back of the shop, where we indulged in the next sampling: Oolong Shui Xian served with both Genmaicha Salmon and Apple Green Tea Brie sandwiches. Aka: sandwiches infused with tea! And they were really yummy – please don’t make me pick a favourite…

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 18

After our savoury course we moved on to something sweeter: Black & Cherry tea served with chocolate tiffin. And oh boy, was that tiffin tasty! The Black & Cherry tea had marzipan undernotes, and could be enjoyed with or without milk. We tried it both ways, and found that the milk made it more soothing and brings out the cherry flavour a bit more.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 19

Next up: the colourful Macha Mint with chocolate truffles.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 22

Just look at those truffles! They’re from a Lithuanian chocolate brand, and these flavours were mascarpone & raspberry. mango & basil and almond coconut.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 24

My pictures do not do these truffles any justice – they were divine and looked beautiful, even with a bite taken out.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 21

The Macha Mint could be drunk with or without milk, and I’m undecided about which way I prefer it. I think I’ll just have to try this one again a few more times… 😉

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 23

Now it was time for something with a bit of a kick: Ginger & Chilli tea. I wasn’t sure if I would like this one (I’m not always a fan of ginger, and I’m not always a fan of chilli…) but I’ve actually come back since this sampling to purchase a cup of this one! I think it’s a lovely blend of both, and while the chilli isn’t too strong its taste is still obvious.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 25

For our final hot tea we tried the Rooibos Choc Cinnamon. Rooibos is one of my favourite types of tea and, no surprise here, it was delicious! My fellow red bush fans, you’ll want to give this a go.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 26

One of the things that Piacha offers is smoothies and milkshakes, and while I’ve had various types of iced tea drinks before I’ve never had a full on smoothie or milkshake made with proper tea.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 28

We tried a Matcha Blueberry smoothie, which was all sorts of delicious.

Call Me Katie - Tea and cake at Piacha on Upper Street, Islington. Great for tea and cake in London. - 29

Our final tea of the evening was quite indulgent: an Earl Grey Peach Milkshake made with ice cream. Guess what? This is another one I’ve come back to order with my own money as a breakfast smoothie (so that time around it wasn’t made with ice cream) because it was just that good. The Earl Grey flavour isn’t overpowering, and the pieces of peach really compliment it with a natural sweetness.

So while this experience was a gift, I have already been back to Piacha and I know that won’t be the last time! That Ginger & Chilli has my name all over it (I never thought I’d say that about that flavour combo!) and I want another cup of that Black & Cherry. And another round of truffles. Also the tiffin. And there were still some other teas I’ve not yet tried…

Are you a tea fan? What types of tea would you like to try most?

Much love, Katie xo

Please note: while the experience in this blog post was a gift, the views expressed are my own. 

2 thoughts on “Tea tasting at Piacha, Upper Street

  1. Pingback: Tea for two (or more) at Piacha, Islington | ALEXANDRA ROUMBAS GOLDSTEIN

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