experience roji tea lounge
The roji, the garden path, which leads from the machiai (waiting room) to the tearoom, signified the first stage of meditation – the passage into self illumination. The roji was intended to break connection with the outside world, and to produce a fresh sensation conducive to the full enjoyment of aestheticism in the tearoom itself. One who has trodden this garden path cannot fail to remember how his spirit, as he walked in the twilight of the evergreens over the regular irregularities of the stepping stones, beneath which he lay dried pine needles, and passed beside the moss-covered granite lanterns, became uplifted above ordinary thoughts. Kakuzo Okakura (1863-1919) The Book of Tea
open daily noon – midnight
108 e washington st
syracuse ny 13202
assortment of teas
Roji Tea Lounge sources its teas directly from the growers. We offer a wide variety of high quality, simple teas from many different tea-growing regions. Roji Tea Lounge serves tea in a contemporary style while honoring, respecting, and borrowing from traditional methods of tea preparation.
authentic by region
Tea is grown in multiple countries, but the styles and overall taste profiles of the teas vary regionally. Different growing methods, picking times, drying methods, oxidation levels, processing styles, and aging all control how different styles of teas are made and taste.
Roji Tea Lounge brings together tea and culture. Each month we feature a local artist’s work on our walls, as well as a variety of curated music shows and happenings. Here you will find a listing of our upcoming art, music, and tea events.