From Shark Tank to Ann Arbor: Teaspressa opens first Michigan location on June 16

 
 

Teaspressa, a gourmet beverage company featured on Shark Tank and creator of the first and only healthy alternative to traditional coffee and tea in the U.S., will open Michigan’s first Teaspressa signature café location in Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 16.

To celebrate its new location, Teaspressa is hosting a grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on June 16. The event is open to the public and will unveil Teaspressa’s signature café, along with its new product line, the Luxe Flavor Collection. The event will feature complimentary tastings of Teaspressa’s signature barista-crafted beverages, tea blends and its new Luxe Collection, as well as local vendor giveaways, raffle prizes, vendor pop-up shops and more.

Teaspressa’s Ann Arbor café is located at 414 S. Main Street.

Founded by Arizona-based entrepreneur, Allison DeVane, Teaspressa is the first and only beverage that is a hybrid of tea and coffee, resulting in a healthy alternative to traditional caffeine drinks. Using a patented Tea Concentration Technology and brewing machine created by DeVane, Teaspressa’s Signature Tea Blends contain as much caffeine as a traditional espresso shot, but provides consumers all of the health benefits of traditional loose leaf tea.

Featured on Shark Tank in 2016, Teaspressa’s Signature Tea Blends, which are prepared like espresso, are used to make Teaspressa Signature gourmet beverages, including Tea Lattes, Tea Americanos and Tea Macchiatos.

“We are excited to expand and open Teaspressa’s first location in Ann Arbor,” said Allison DeVane, founder of Teaspressa. “Last year, we had exponential growth with pop-up shops, national wholesale partnerships, and a spike in online sales. This year, we will be expanding even more with new locations and product launches, with Ann Arbor being an exciting step in Teaspressa’s growth. There was local interest to bring Teaspressa to Ann Arbor and it was a natural fit to open our second location here. I am passionate about the local community and honored to create a communiTEA in Ann Arbor.”

The Ann Arbor café marks Teaspressa’s second signature café location in the U.S., with the first location opened March 2018 in Phoenix. Modeled after the Phoenix signature café, Teaspressa Ann Arbor features chic interior design elements and an instagrammable aesthetic that is an “Apple store meets Anthropolgie.”

The 550-square foot Teaspressa storefront is a full-service café and lounge serving Teaspressa signature beverages handcrafted by baristas, such as its London Fog, Black Rose, and Carmel Cape that are comparable to traditional coffee drinks. The new café will also feature a “Grab-and-Go” option for quick-serve beverages to-go, a dog friendly patio, and a retail section to purchase Teaspressa products to brew at-home. The café will also offer consumers a “create your own” option, allowing them to customize and curate their own beverage.

Similar to traditional coffee shops, consumers can choose from a selection of dairy and nondairy options, such as almond milk, all-natural and low calorie drink flavors from Teaspressa’s new Luxe Collection, such as Tahitian Vanilla and Black Rose, as well as preferred beverage style, such as an iced Tea Latte or Tea Shot.

As an extension of Teaspressa’s all-natural health-conscious tea blends, the Luxe Collection is a modern approach to traditional beverage flavor enhancing products. Containing less than five calories per serving, the Luxe Collection instantly adds flavor to your drink and is a healthy alternative to traditional sweeteners, syrups and flavor additives. Made with no artificial flavors or dyes, Teaspressa’s Luxe Collection is used to craft Teaspressa’s Signature Drinks, which can also be purchased to use at-home for DIY barista-inspired beverages. The Luxe Collection features three naturally infused flavors: London Fog, made with an infusion of lavender and pure vanilla bean; Rose, featuring an infusion of fresh rose extract; Vanilla, created using pure Tahitian vanilla bean caviar bosting a robust character of classic vanilla.

“The Luxe Collection and its product lines are artisan flavors handcrafted to complement and bring out the flavor profiles and aromas of each Teaspressa Signature Tea Blend, while also complimenting champagne and liquor, too,” said DeVane. “I developed the Luxe Collection to help consumers celebrate and enjoy a versatile healthy lifestyle- anytime, anywhere.”

In line with its business philosophy to connect with the communiTea and encourage others positively, Teaspressa aims to foster the local communiTea and provide a healthy alternative lifestyle for a wider audience. Teaspressa plans to expand its communiTEA throughout the U.S., with more than five signature café locations expected to open locally and nationally in 2018.

Teaspressa’s Ann Arbor cafe will be open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The café will also serve pastries and a selection of artisan sandwiches.

For more information about Teaspressa, visit http://www.teaspressa.com

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