Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013

Campus Edibles

For The Perfect ‘Ek Cup Chaa’

The various flavours of tea available at the tea-hut. Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

The various flavours of tea available at the tea-hut. Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

On a cool breezy evening, getting out of the university can feel like heaven. The strong wind can put you at ease and make the exit feel worthwhile. At a time like this, nothing seems more perfect than a soothing cup of tea with your friends, just relaxing and letting it all out in the means of an ‘adda’. A place to offer you just that is Emon’s Tea Hut, which is located right in the middle of Gulshan 1 DCC market. Situated in the central hub of Gulshan, the place is usually full of people shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or having a bowl of the halim that’s being sold right at the mouth of the market.

A soothing cup of tea to refresh the mind. Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

A soothing cup of tea to refresh the mind. Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

Emon’s Tea Hut, owned and run by Emon Molla, has customers of all races, all religions, all walks of life, and all ages.  “Since I’m right in the middle of such a popular area, all kinds of people drop by for a cup of tea,” says Emon. Around the evenings, the place is buzzing with a large number of tea lovers. There are office workers, just getting out of office, students just getting out of class, and some people who just got out of home for a walk, sipping away on some good flavoured tea and chit-chatting with friends. “Sometimes, there are about sixty to eighty customers around here in the evening. It is the best time for my business,” explains Emon.

The tea hut is visually like any regular tea stall in Dhaka City. There are some plastic chairs scattered here and there for the customers to take a seat while sipping on some delicious tea.

For a warm evening, iced-tea is the best pick., Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

For a warm evening, iced-tea is the best pick., Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

What makes Emon’s Tea Hut unique, compared to all the other tea stalls, is that it sells about a 100 different kinds of tea- different brands and different flavours combined. Established a year ago, Emon imports all his foreign branded tea from out of the country. His stall offers brands starting from Dilmah, Lipton, Twinings, Bontea to Finley, Earl Grey and English Breakfast. In fact, there are more brands in between all of those than you can imagine- local and foreign combined. There are various flavours you can find these in- strawberry, mango, lemon, mint, ginger and more. For a warmer evening, you can always stop by there for a glass of iced-tea made by Emon himself- delicious, refreshing and a perfect pick-me-up for a humid evening. The iced-tea will cost you around Tk 80. The other kinds of teas all have prices ranging from Tk 10 to Tk 110.

After a hectic day of classes and exams, my friend chooses to tell me about this little wonder of a place. Even though I am not a tea person, I was intrigued to go and check out what kinds they could possibly have. I was astounded by the variety of tea they were selling and frankly, I wanted to try all of them! We sat right next to a group of students from BRAC University while they were gossiping about classes, teachers, friends and foes. Next minute, I was doing the same with my friends. I felt so relaxed, I barely noticed. I guess sometimes, that’s all you need to unwind- some wind, good company and a variety of tea for you to choose from according to your mood!