Shop in Berlin: Paper & Tea

paper and tea in Berlin

After raving about the highly specialized third wave coffee, it’s time to slow down to focus on a similar but different pleasure. Tea enthusiast Jens de Gruyter recently opened his tea business P&T in the quiet part of Charlottenburg’s Bleibtreustraße.
His concept is simple and demure – instead of selling his teas over the counter, leaving the selection mostly to the more or less skilled vendor, who will let you nose into his teas of choice, all teas at P&T are presented in the open as samples for you to see and smell.

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The number of teas in de Gruyter’s selection is quite big, he buys the teas mostly direct from small farms in Kenya, China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, offering only the best he can find. Growing and harvesting teas is a science in itself, some tea plants can only be harvested once a year, the processing of the leafs will then determine wether it’s a black, green or white tea. The store’s very pure and high class interior allows extensive tea testing, which the staff is happy to invite you to. The ceremony itself is quiet and professional, yet quick – instead of complicated methods that needs expensive equipment, tea, no matter what quality, is easily made – boil water, maybe let it cool down, brew the tea, let it steep, enjoy.

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The selection of tea at P&T is unique in its quality, de Gruyter is eager to emphasize that his concept is not about selling a pretty package with a mediocre tea. Although he knows about the importance of gift giving for his business and also offers very nicely illustrated gift packaging and a selection of hand printed gift cards and notebooks from various printers. (Like Oblation from Portland, with whom I instantly fell in love.)

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Paper & Tea
Bleibtreustrasse 4
10623 Berlin Charlottenburg

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Subway: Savigny Platz
+49 30 95615468
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Opening Hours:
Mo–Sa 11h–20h


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  1. astarix on


    “Vintage pencils”, eh? The end is nigh.

  2. StreetLounge on


    It looks very good, unfortunately this is not my favorite neighborhood… :D ;)

  3. Hotaru Smith on


    As a native speaker of English and Japanese, I am disappointed in content and language alike – “Just a little over a year old, customers feel the love both put into their café ” – so, the costumers are that young? Why do you spell quiches with a capital letter, why is half of the cards you show definitely not Japanese, and why does the overall content seem so insignificant? What you basically do is take pictures with a shallow depth of field and add a few lines of small talk. Journalism and art go further than that, you should really dig deeper instead of half-assing it.

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Dear Hotaru, the sentence you mentioned was indeed a little bumpy due to faulty editing, hope you forgive that.
      The post is meant to support a small and young, yet beautiful and ambitious café in Neukölln with some pictures and short lines of text. We didn’t intend to present an investigative piece on the Japanese-French Café scene of Neukölln, just a friendly recommendation to make a visit if you’re in the area and crave some hot chocolate.

    2. Neil on

      Hey Hotaru,
      What are “costumers?”
      Learn to spell before you try to edit the work of others.

    3. guest on

      jesus christ, chill out. it’s a blog post about a cafe.

    4. Mariusz on

      > Journalism
      > Blog post about a café

      Does not compute.

  4. Ileana on


    OMG! I really wanna go there…looks so cute ^^


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