This cozy little neighborhood in Tustin is such a delight – narrow, tree-lined streets with lots of original old buildings.

One of these old building houses Zama Tea & Kombucha. The building is from 1885. It housed the first doctor’s office. It partially burned in 2011, but the Historical Society was able to save most of the original structure. It is still marked as an Historical Landmark. It became Zama CafĂ© in 2015.

With over 185 teas and healing herbs, and kombucha on tap, it’s hard to know where to start. Sandy and I started with lunch. Their lunch menu is mostly vegan with a little dairy and chicken thrown in. Avocado Toast for me – sourdough bread with tomato, vegan pesto, coconut bacon, hard boiled egg, olive oil, and pea sprouts. It was delicious, and that coconut bacon is quite a treat. Sandy ordered the Beet Hummus Sandwich on squaw bread with avocado, coconut bacon and hemp seeds. This was also quite delicious.. I did a kombucha tasting as well – pineapple kiwi, crimson berry hibiscus, coconut jubilee, and pearadise. The kombucha process includes fermentation with a little carbonation – really quite pleasant.

The Other Thing – Creator and Owner Leanne Herrera provides a friendly and accommodating atmosphere to experience something new or enjoy the familiar. Don’t forget to check out the cozy patio.