Jason Chen launched a business selling wholesale tea in the late '90s, which eventually evolved into Smacha, an authentic tea house in Bellevue, about 15 years later. It wasn't that simple, though. During that time he became a tea master and traveled the world experimenting with teas and procuring the best ingredients from the right locations. His care and expertise comes through in every cup, according to those who frequent Smacha.
Regulars recommend having a seat at the bar, where you can enjoy the soothing indoor waterfall. Feel free to chat with a staff member behind the counter, who'd be happy to come up with some recommendations based on your preferences. Then, you can watch him or her as they craft a pot of cup of tea especially for you. They're also trained in the tea-growing process, and they can tell you about the region in which the tea you chose originated. If you'd like to recreate this experience at home, Smacha offers an extensive selection of tea and teaware for purchase.