Omaha’s breweries, namely The Tea Smith, Sozo and Thirst-tea, provide an eclectic range of teas and other beverages and a place for students to sip their drinks and socialize, during these winter months.
The Tea Smith, located on 345 N 78th St. Omaha, is known for its loose leaf teas, according to “tea smithie” Jon Roberson.
“We have teas from so many countries,” Roberson said. “We’ve got tea from countries as far as India, China, Japan, Colombia and Thailand.”
According to Roberson, the Tea Smith has recently been getting a large number of college students as customers. “It seems like a lot of students have been getting into loose leaf teas and finding alternatives to coffee,” Roberson said.
The Tea Smith is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Another brewery, Sozo Coffeehouse, described by its official website as “the biggest coffeeshop in Omaha” is located in Old Market at 1314 Jones St.
The place is usually packed with college students, according to regular customer, Hanna Workman, an Arts and Science sophomore at the Metropolitan Community College.
“What I like about this place is that it is open so much later than other coffeeshops,” Workman said. “I usually come here to study, meet friends or play pool.”
Creighton Arts and Sciences freshman Julianna Alaman, who visited the café for the first time, said she enjoyed the shop’s chai latte, describing it as “cinnamon-y and creamy, with just the right amount of foam.”
Sozo is open from 7 a.m to 12 a.m, Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays, according to Sozo’s official website.
Another popular tea shop that college students seem to frequent is Thirst-tea, located at Midtown Crossing, on 200 S. 31st Ave. No. 4105.
According to the Thirst-tea website, the tea shop offers “flavor infused teas” that can be topped off with its “signature Boba.”
Creighton Arts and Sciences junior Lauren Hoover who has gone to Thirst-tea a couple of times with her friends, noted how the shop, located a few minutes away from campus, often serves as a hangout spot for Creighton students.
“A lot of people I know from college do come to Thirst-tea a lot when they have the time to get out of campus,” Hoover said.
Hoover describes the bubble tea from Thirst-tea as “unique” and thinks that the teashop with its colorful décor serves as a “cool hangout place.”
Thirst-tea is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.