Support Local Journalism. Donate to Cleveland Scene.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vintage Tea and Coffee to Combine the Best of Both Beverages in Intimate Downtown Spot

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM


By early October, downtown Cleveland will be home to a new retail experience that combines high-end coffee and tea service. Vintage Tea and Coffee (1120 Chester Ave.) is the creation of Jeff Su, a native of Taiwan and Cleveland State University grad. Vintage joins other recent tea-focused establishments like Cleveland Tea Revival and the Tea Lab, signaling a rise in demand for quality tea service.

“My idea is to do the same for tea that Third Wave did for coffee,” says Su, referring to the recent trend that places importance on coffee bean origin, roast and brew methods. “Third Wave only focuses on the highest quality coffee. I want to do the same for tea.”

Su will source all his teas directly from Asia, he says, and serve them up in an intimate, immersive setting that places an emphasis on technique and education. The 800-square-foot space can accommodate no more than 15 guests at a time, many of whom will be seated directly across from baristas at the brew counter.

“I want to share with customers the knowledge and culture of tea,” Su explains. “Like coffee, tea has a very long history and it’s very complex. There is so much information that even myself, I don’t feel like I know everything about tea.”

Su says that even though all of his teas will originate from either Japan, China or Taiwan, each variety requires different brewing techniques that are dictated by the tea’s unique growing conditions.

“I created the tea bar, where customers can sit and watch and communicate with the baristas to learn more about tea and coffee and why they are brewed for certain lengths of time,” he notes.

Su also will brew and serve Rising Star Coffee, the Ohio City roastery where he underwent significant coffee training. That training was passed along to his staff, which has undergone extensive training in both tea and coffee service.

In addition to enjoying coffee and tea onsite, customers will be able to buy coffee beans and loose tea to go. And just because he hails from Taiwan, Su also will incorporate his favorite cold beverage: bubble tea. “This is my own recipe,” he says. “This high-quality bubble tea is not like conventional bubble tea.”

As a former student of Cleveland State University, Su says that he has enjoyed following the growth of downtown and wanted to open up his shop nowhere else.

“Downtown just feels right to me,” he says.


We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Scene Magazine has been keeping Cleveland informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources, especially as we all deal with the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost everything Scene is about -- our stories, our events, our advertisers -- comes down to getting together. With events on hold, and no print distribution for the foreseeable future, every little bit helps.

A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Scene. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation