I should have posted this in July, but got busy....
I was visiting family in Cinti (grew up there, but don't live there now) and decided to let grandma babysit the 1 yr old. while I take a break (nice of me). On a whim, I looked for a tea house (I don't drink coffee) and stumbled onto Essencha in Oakley. www.essencha.com. It's just around the corner from that big Target complex, across the street from the new restaurant Hugo, formerly Pho Paris (if memory serves).
What a lovely experience! Just a fabulous selection of teas, and a terrific explanatory menu about them all. An elegrant, serene setting. There is food, too, which was a bit of a surprise, it is almost quasi-bistro ish, although bistro is not quite the right word. Not just tea, although they are clearly devoted to tea.
I had my first bubble tea - been meaning to try it, but never made time. I though it was great - just the tapioca pearls in black ceylon tea with mango. And I also had edamame, which was wonderful - served warm with a great flaky salt. Other places I go seem to serve edemame cold, and it was nice to have it warm.
Anyway, since I don't live in Cinti anymore, I don't usually post for it on chowhound. I now live in Minneapolis, and only admittedly only rarely post on chowhound for that city. But I lurke a lot, and appreciate so much the recommendations from others on these boards, so I thought it would be fun to pass this along since I didn't see any messages about Essencha on the boards.
This was just a wonderful find for my visit. I'm looking forward to going back in Dec. when we are in town for Christmas. 2 weeks, perhaps more than one visit!