Most of Argo Tea’s 23 locations are packed in downtown Chicago, and wandering through this city, it almost feels like there’s one on every corner. The chain, based in this city, tailors its fancy coffee and tree products to the person on the go, and it’s spotted pretty exclusively in major cities. Argo’s business is based on six tenants (CommuniTea, DiversiTea, ChariTea, QualiTea, SustainabiliTea, and CreativiTea, as they are called) and its mission is to bring a drink which is not only tasty, but holistic as well. I like the idea.
With a prime location at the intersection of Court and Union streets, Perk’s Coffee House sits at the crux of one of the busiest intersections in town. For many Ohio University students, Perk’s is the first stop of the day, before work, class and other activities. It also offers a comfortable panorama to people-watch the thousands coming and going throughout the day. Recently, Perk’s started selling Whit’s Frozen Custard, a southern Ohio chain, but owners insist it’s still called Perk’s Coffee. In light of this I will review Perk’s own products and Whit’s items separately.
A tea house with a modern twist isn’t your everyday fare. You don’t see one very often in Ohio. Right in the middle of some of Cincinnati’s fanciest shopping locales, Essencha’s main offering is a wide variety of white, green, black, herbal, and oolong teas. It’s got a cult following of die-hard tea drinkers who keep coming back. Complimenting these teas is a light menu of soups and sandwiches.