Kamilla and Mike Vainshtok moved to Central Texas with the intention of opening Austin Tea Xchange Cafe in downtown Austin, but after settling in and being embraced by the Bee Cave community, the couple decided to open their shop locally instead.
The launch of Austin Tea Xchange in October marked a longtime dream for the duo, who both have a love for quality tea instilled early on due to Eastern European heritage upbringings.
Art of Tea is the brand sold in their store, and all of it is loose-leaf, fair trade and organic, Kamilla said.
“Part of why you drink tea is for the health benefits,” she said. “If you’re not drinking organic, then you’re losing the benefits by drinking chemicals and pesticides.”
Shelves in the shape of a giant honeycomb offer a nod to Bee Cave and contain more than 30 tea options.
In addition to beverages, Austin Tea Xchange offers breakfast and lunch items.
“We have power bowls like the sweet potato hash or quinoa made with veggies and other fresh ingredients to provide good, clean energy,” Kamilla said. “On the more indulgent side, we have baked goods such as muffins and croissants baked in-house daily.”
A Greek yogurt bar is a staple at the shop, and both sweet and savory options are available. Many people are thrown off by the idea of savory yogurt, Kamilla said, explaining it is usually served with chips and is best likened to a dip.
“Instead of a sour cream base you get Greek yogurt for more protein and probiotics,” she said. “It’s an overall healthier version of a dip.”