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Not a cafe!!
I have nothing but the highest praise for this establishment which sells seasonal white, green and black leaf teas imported selectively from the East. When we entered another pair of tourists were asking to sit down and have tea but as the lovely owner stressed to us Formocha is not a tea house or cafe but a purveyor of fine leaf tea. You cannot buy a cup of tea here, but you can by bags of the finest leaf tea. I bought some silver needle with thorough instructions on how to brew. We were then invited to try some other teas as samples. This is an honour reserved for valued customers so we were very honoured. I ended up buying an extra bag of Dragon Well tea and a tiny tea cup, and we went on our way after a very enriching experience with the lovely owner. Do NOT go in there and ask to be served tea. This is not the purpose of her shop. If you are buying however, you may be given the chance to sample some. Gorgeous place, I shall be back one day for more tea training!
I think I am in love
I walked in the shop and I was greeted by the owner, this lovely lady who knows her teas! I was so excited to be there as I love tea. She helped me decide on a tea based on my preferences,. I had the ginseng oolong tea. IT. WAS. AMAZING! It was smooth and gently sweet. I ended up buying a large tin of it. She explained to me and told me the steps of the best way to brew oolong. She also gave me along with my tea, a sweet to eat along with my drink. It wasnt that sugary and it complemented my tea well. She then topped up my cup (a freebie) and gave me an Onigiri for no extra price. She was the most loveliest person and I love her shop. If I could go back again and again I would
The Holy Grail for Tea lovers..
When it comes to Tea’s there’s no better place to come sit, taste, try and smell differing loose leaf Teas... Along with an unsurpassed selection of High Mountain teas Amanda and her staff are eager to educate and enthuse there Tea seeking patrons. Take time and enjoy your visit, and if your lucky they often serve up hand made treats to accompany your beverage, mind you thats a bonus and not a standard. A couple of my favourites are the Tung Ting along with the Ginseng Oolong.
The best Ice tea in ages!
I had the house Ice tea, it taste like the one my grandmother used to prepare for us... It taste like haven! Service is very attent and kind, nothing is left to the case... Even the ice cubes are hand hand made... Greatly worth to visit! Daniela
Wonderful teas in a peaceful location with some very tasty light bites
This small corner tea shop serves really excellent East Asian teas, has wonderful service and also provides delicious homemade snacks. It’s a real haven, though there are only a few seats. You can buy packs of tea to takeaway too, which I would strongly recommend. A really nice place to hang out though.
A haven of peace.
We went to Formocha’s other location, in Looiersgracht, to meet a friend who is a tea master and who buys from Formocha. The first sensation is of complete calm, and then the welcome of the owner. We spent a long, happy time chatting and relaxing with cups of the most delicious, delicate green tea. Every now and again a delicate snack would be offered. If you love tea, or just want a time-out-of-time in busy Amsterdam, visit here!
A must for tea lovers!
My friend recommended me to come here. Amanda who owns the place is so lovely. They don’t sell pots of tea but always have tea pots full for guest drink as much as they like :) I bought some fresh (newly arrived) green tea and sat and drank ice tea with my book. This tea shop is warm and welcoming. I think the lady said it had been there since 2002. A definite must to stop-in for a chat or a read while u get some tea. The teas was nice the people lovely and the sun streaming in through front window was perfect! Enjoy!
How tea should be served: Love and Humanity
This is simply one of the most amazing and unique establishments I’ve been ever visited. Formocha is not just a store (even though you can purchase high quality teas sold by a professional tea lover), and not just a tea house (even though you are more than welcome to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea with home baked delights or warm soup), but this is also a place for you to relax and become human again. The owner and director of the establishment is completely calming and simply wants to share her love of tea with the world. I came in during a rainy day exploring Amsterdam. I almost passed by because it almost looked like a private residence. My instincts told me to go back and look again, and there was an amazingly welcoming feel from the entrance. I came in, and Amanda immediately greeted me, and offered me a seat out of the rain. I asked if she sold tea, but she wouldn’t take any money, and instead sat down with me for a pot of the best green tea I’ve ever had. She also knows how to brew tea and to what temperatures. We talked about many things and offered to allow me to stay as long as I’m comfortable. I did some reading by the window, and she brought me some soup and cookies, and then more tea. I simply will not ever forgot how generous and gracious this person is. Even while I was there, three more people came back as frequent visitors and chatted with Amanda like they were family. They sat down with me over tea and we all got to know each other in this beautiful environment. If you’re looking for a calming place that will draw you in for hours to relax, this is the place. If you only would like to purchase some quality tea, this is also the place to go.
Tea Lovers Paradise
Formocha is a delightful little tea shop on the Brouwersgracht where you can find and taste the most interesting teas from China.
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