Melez Tea Lab
There’s tea, and then there’s Melez tea. The artisanal teas found within the cool, calm walls of Melez Tea Lab in Istanbul aren’t your average add water and knock back brew. They’re part of a lifestyle. Created by by Tea Sommelier, Liliana Lopez and Emre Aslanoba in 2014, Melez Tea sources premium ingredients for all its handcrafted teas. There’s the caffeine-free Happy Tea, a blend of nana mint and strawberry, apple and nettle, which tastes like summer, helps to reduce stress and boost both your mood and your immune system. But those aren’t the only benefits of drinking this tea; the folks at Melez Tea Lab have even crafted a playlist on Spotify to listen alongside it to make you even happier.
Then there are teas like the Wake Up Tea (a citrus black tea blend for energy and focus) and the Indulge Tea (a bourbon vanilla rooibos blend, which is like a sweet treat without the guilt, and has the added benefit of acting as an anti-inflammatory, giving you an antioxidant boost and healthier skin and bones). But that’s just naming a few; there’s a whole range of teas, both loose-leafed and in tea bags, to choose from.
In addition to helping you curate your tea experience with a spot-on playlist, Melez Tea Lab gives you hints and tips on the best way to brew your tea. To learn more, or just to meet like-minded tea lovers, Melez Tea Lab also hosts workshops for beginners and connoisseurs that will help you blend and enhance your skills. There are seasonal workshops too, should you want to tailor your tea to the time of year. And there couldn’t be a more atmospheric spot to learn and indulge in your love of tea in than Melez Tea Lab’s flagship in Reşitpaşa. The all-white interior feels like a temple to all things tea (you can also buy any tea accoutrements you may need, from strainers to tea pots, here), with metal and wooden accents, and – of course – the curated range of teas to peruse.