A period treasure trove with a high-tech heart: the sign still says ‘Torrefazione moderna’ (Modern Coffee Shop) and dates from the late 19th century, when coffee was already being roasted here. Today this small historic shop, next door to the Palazzo Civico in the old centre of Turin, is a popular café. For some years now, though, Claudia Carità, a member of the latest generation of the family that has been running the place since 1983, has focused on tea, and now The Tea is a focal point for tea lovers in the city and beyond. Claudia is an ambassador of the culture of tea and teaches at Eataly and the Museum of Oriental Art. The lavish online catalogue lists hundreds of products from Japan and China, from Sri Lanka and Thailand, from Nepal and India, and other countries besides. The many gems include teas produced with traditional methods that have never changed during the course of time or gathered from ancient forest trees with an average age of 200-500 years. Purple Tea, Yellow Tea and Pu’er with different degrees of ageing are just some of the rarities in the new selection. Closed on Sunday.