Six Healthy Kansas City Thirst Quenching Cafes


Here are six places to find refreshing beverages around the Kansas City area that will suit you to a  ”tea.”

Staying hydrated is essential while being active this summer. Tea, caffeinated or not, is thought by researchers to offer health benefits, such as antioxidants to fight cancer-causing free radicals, a metabolism boost and a way to combat weight gain.

There are plenty of tea shops around Kansas City, but these are six very special places.

{1} Tea Market – This Crestwood shop sells whole leaf, premium loose teas, tea accessories and gifts. (329 East 55th St., 816-822-9832,

{2} T. Loft – A tea and juice bar opened by a family adapting to celiac-disease-related health issues. All natural, healthy beverages include teas such as Moroccan mint and passion berry black tea. (8025 State Line Rd, 913-850-0939,

{3} The Teahouse and Coffeepot – This shop, run by half-Brit, half-Chinese Keith “tea runs in my blood” Buchanan, sells fine loose leaf tea, tea drinks, tea accessories, scones, quiche and more. (4309 Jefferson St., 816-756-2868,

{4} Shang Tea – Owner Zehua Shang sources handpicked tea directly from his mountaintop farm in China. Find some of the highest quality green tea in town in this Crown Center shop. Try the jasmine green tea and silver needle king white tea. (2450 Grand Blvd., Ste. 313, Kansas City, 816-868-3298,

{5} Anna Marie’s Tea Shop – This Liberty, Mo. venue sells loose leaf tea, gifts and hosts tea parties. Their annual Father-Daughter Tea and Mother-Son Tea is a perfect date for two (or more). More details at or call 816-792-8777.

{6} Teavana – Teavana opened its tea bar and retail shop in Spring 2013 on the Country Club Plaza. They offer more than 100 varieties of the world’s finest loose-leaf tea (427 Nichols Rd.,


Shang Tea owner and tea expert Zehua Shang creates a presentation for new customers in his Crown Center shop.