colorado - boulder - dushanbe tea house

I have been wanting to visit the Dushanbe Tea House since a friend first told me about it, so I took the opportunity on my day off today to go. I rode my bike there this morning & spent a couple hours enjoying delicious tea, a beautiful atmosphere, & a good book.

How beautiful right! 

Eight colorful ceramic panels grace the building’s exterior and display patterns of a “Tree of Life”. Each panel was sculpted in Tajikistan, cut into smaller tiles, fired, and then carefully packed to be sent to the USA. 

I sat next to the Fountain of the Seven Beauties, you can read the story behind the fountain here, & I loved being bale to hear the movement of the water; it was very peaceful.

The ceiling of the Teahouse, which I am in love with, was carved and painted with intricate patterns traditional of Persian Art. It was originally built, carved and painted in Tajikistan with no power tools; the work was crafted by hand exactly as it was centuries ago.

If you have a larger party you can sit at these awesome day bed like tables with pillows, next time I definitely want to sit here :) 

For my first tea I choose the Competition "Monkey Picked" Oolong pretty much because of the description above...I had no idea there were ever monkeys that picked tea which is pretty awesome, plus it was delicious.

I'm currently reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau for the first time. I'm loving it so far, there is so much about the text to appreciate & reflect upon.

So much detail, so beautiful.

Another view of the fountain.

There are 12 intricately carved cedar columns throughout the tea house, no two columns are alike.

For my second pot of tea I choose the Silver Needle Beencha from 2004 which is a Pu-erh tea. This type of tea is a unique, aged style of fermented tea produced in China’s western Yunnan province. It is created using time honored techniques, & is revered for its reported health benefits. Unlike most tea which is prized for its freshness, pu-erh teas are often classified by connoisseurs for their vintage and age. As the teas age, the complex flavors and aromas deepen and intensify, and the teas are prized for their toasty, earthy qualities. This was my first time having this type of tea & it was delicious.

The piece of art was located outside the tea house. 

If you're ever in Boulder check out this tea house, it's an experience worth having.

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