Duke City Fix

Outside New Mexico Tea CompanyWe had to stop.

The crisp little tea shop at 12th and Mountain was too sunny and too new to drive by. Plus, it was open on a Sunday. And so Sophie and I chatted up the proprietor of Albuquerque's newest tea shop, a visionary guy named David Edwards.

David opened New Mexico Tea Company about 2 months ago in what real-estate types are calling "an up-and-coming" part of Albuquerque's downtown. Indeed, signs of gentrification are everywhere -- from the numerous art galleries on Mountain to David's tea shop itself, all spotless and linear.

Tea snobs may wish for more loose-leaf selections, but the offerings are hardly sparse. [NOTE: This was written when we first opend, we are exclusively bulk loose leaf now]

Sophie and I sipped oolong and rooibos. We lusted after those expando blooming tea blossoms and some pretty ceramic tea sets. Ultimately, we took home a pomegranate white tea (Sophie) and a tangerine oolong (me). I'm drinking the oolong right now, in fact, and it's pretty darn great, especially if you mingle it all up in your mouth with a bite of Maya Gold chocolate from the Coop. Check out the place for yourself and let us know what you think.

UPDATE: I drank so much oolong last night that I couldn't fall asleep til 4 AM, which makes makes me one overly satisfied customer.