Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Minneapolis Couple's Verdant Tea House Highlights Beverage's Calm Lifestyle

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Minneapolis Couple's Verdant Tea House Highlights Beverage's Calm Lifestyle

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Slender and soft-spoken, David Duckler doesn't look like a spy. And he's probably not. But it was a boost from the CIA that started him on the path to opening a tea house in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Duckler, 26, traveled to China as a college student to study the language. While there, he became entranced with tea, its culture and its agriculture. After graduation, he applied for and got a grant from the spy agency to study and report on the folklore of tea in China.

When he and his wife, Lily, returned to the States, they started holding tea tastings. Then, using Lily's $1,200 tax refund, they started an online tea sales business in 2010 supplied by small farmers they'd met in China.

Now the couple has opened Verdant Tea Tasting Room and Tea Bar in the East Franklin Avenue building that once housed the Seward Co- op.

They're in the forefront of what they believe is the next big thing in specialty beverages. There are more than 25,000 coffeehouses in the United States, and it seems that every week brings news of a new craft brewery in the Twin Cities. …

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