The Chapter Book and Tea Shop is the location of Auckland’s original Mt Eden tea shop which started in 1995. The current business owner Frances Loo bought the business in 2005 and, since then, has expanded the tea range which now features a wide range of tea brands, loose leaf teas (black, green, oolong, white, flavoured, herbal, fruit, organic and decaffeinated), tea sachets, tea bags, tea accessories and tea gifts.
Chapter sources its tea from a number of quality suppliers including China White, Coffee and Tea Lovers, Harney & Sons, KeriKeri Tea, Lezzo, Metropolitan Tea, NZ Live, Oku, Or Tea?, Pukka, T Leaf T, Tea Forté, Tea Total, Ti Ora and Zealong. There are around 300 teas to choose from. A number of the teas include native ingredients such as kawakawa, manuka leaf and horopito.
The mix of tea and books started in 2005 when Frances struggled to find a good range of romantic books in Auckland after living abroad. Chapter specialises in the romance fiction genre, which includes contemporary, fantasy (including futuristic, magic, paranormal, time travel, vampire, witch, werewolf, etc), historical, hot, humorous, regency and suspenseful romance books. The shop also sells selections of mainstream and crime & mystery fiction.
Chapter’s cosy cafe serves a large range of teas, espresso coffee, delicious cakes, savoury treats and yummy cookies. Do try their signature chai latte (available sweet or spicy) or their very popular matcha latte. The cafe also holds tea tastings on Sunday mornings.