Bellocq Tea, Brooklyn, New York

by Maggie Battista on February 23, 2012

in Boutique Businesses, Breakfast, New York

Two weeks ago, I was in New York City for the Cookbook Conference and managed to finally meet the team behind one of my favorite tea ateliers, Bellocq Tea.

While the Brooklyn waterfront was cold and grey that day, the atelier glowed with warmth and style. I left with the very best tea education straight from two of the owners, Heidi Johannsen Stewart and Michael Shannon, both of whom had worked for Martha Stewart back in the day, something that became quite evident in the styling of the space and the design of every component of the tea’s packaging.

Just look at the package and gasp… it’s beautiful!

Lucky for me, my friend Brian Samuels of  A Thought for Food came along and shot these intimate images. I believe they exude just how special this tea really is, pure leaves that are blended to form the most perfect cup. At the same time, I couldn’t help but wonder how some of these blends might shine beyond the cup, in a homemade cocktail or baked treat, and so as to not let you down, I’m carting a few bags over to Paris to experiment with a few recipes.

We hope to feature some Bellocq Tea in our store very soon! What do you think: Ready for a cup of tea?

All photos taken by Brian Samuels who writes about and photographs food on his amazing blog, A Thought for Food, and his photography site, Brian Samuels Photography.

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Maggie Battista

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Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • Chez Us – Denise

    I adore tea and these look beautiful.  I love the bowl with pieces of rose petals.  I can picture a lovely simple syrup made with it and then drizzling it into a glass of champagne.  Ideas are brewing …. so to say.  

  • MikeVFMK

    Love authentic tea shops with character and charm. I am lucky enough to be near a beautiful little atelier in uptown Toronto but the pur charm of Bellocq comes through in these words and pictures. Lovely post.

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