Hestia is a sleek cafe located in the TD Bank Tower offering a selection of all-natural, organic teas.
Specializing in brewed beverages to go, this Montreal-based brand has landed in the heart of the city's Financial District with a mission to slowly wean Toronto's most caffeinated demographic off coffee with loose leaf teas.
That's not to say that Hestia doesn't also offer roast brews too: they've smartly stocked themselves with beans from local roaster de Mello so as not to shoot themselves directly in the foot.
But the nice thing about this cafe is its ability to provide a quality beverage that might actually compel you to choose a nice ginger lime tea instead of a nerve-rattling espresso to get you through the mid-day hump.
There's 15 to 20 flavours of green, black, white, and herbal teas to choose from here, from classic teas like chai to Moroccan mint, mostly sourced through the Montreal tea store and provider Camellia Senensis.
Some of Hestia's own infusions include their Energizing green tea, with matcha, lemon, mint, and ginger, or the Detox oolong. A seasonal harvest tea will change every once in a while: right now it's a roasted dong ding tea from Taiwan.Unlike the brews you'll get at Starbucks or even David's Tea, there's an emphasis on steeping here.
Drinks don't come with tea bags here (unless you ask for it). Instead, tea blends are pre-measured in vials the day before, with varying quantities for an ideal one-and-a-half-minute steep time. Cups of infused tea are $2.70 for a regular or $3.20 for a large.
Those who just can't quit the joe will be pleased with a list of delicious lattes ($4 for regular/$4.50 for large) that use two shots of de Mello espresso, like the espresso latte using matcha from Kyoto.
For a warming pick-me-up, the turmeric ginger is an amazing option. And if you like, you can can sweeten it with some natural cane sugar, or opt to use oat milk from U.K.-based brand Minor Figures instead of regular milk.
Iced drinks include cold lattes and iced teas: a raspberry hibiscus tea ($3 for regular/$3.50 for large) is refreshing and light.