The Spice & Tea Exchange is an Experience for Your Senses

From Bacon Smoked Sea Salt and Matanzas Chili Spice Blend to Marrakesh Mint Tea and Dark Cocoa Sugar, The Spice & Tea Exchange has hundreds of locally created items perfect for stocking your pantry at home or creating a one-of-a-kind spicy and savory basket for your next gift-giving occasion.
Established in 2005 in downtown St. Augustine and now boasting nearly 60 stores in 26 states, The Spice & Tea Exchange offers more than 140 spices with 80 exclusive hand-mixed blends, an array of salts from around the world, 16 naturally-flavored sugars and more than 30 exotic teas.
For those living in or visiting the Nation’s Oldest City, there are two nearby locales for a flavorful shopping experience in an old-world spice traders’ atmosphere. The Spice & Tea Exchange’s original location in St. Augustine is in the historic downtown area on Hypolita Street while the uptown site is situated on San Marco Avenue as part of the Old Town Trolley Tours station.
Just a few steps from the Trolley’s first stop on the grounds of the Old Jail complex, The Spice & Tea Exchange is positioned in a two-story light yellow house with green trim advertising spices, teas, and salts from large wooden signs hanging from the second floor.
As you step inside, you are immediately greeted by an eclectic array of sights and smells. Hundreds of jars line wooden shelves as packets of teas, salts and sugars hang atop wooden pegs.
Some of the shop’s most aromatic offerings include the Datil pepper. This sweet and fiery little pepper is widely found in St. Augustine and is believed to have come to the States via the Minorcans, a group of indentured servants brought here in the 1760s. The Datil pepper can be found in Pirate’s Bite Spice Blend, Signature Spice Blend and Sweet Heat Spice Blend among others.
So shop for your senses off the beaten path with a step inside the Spice & Tea Exchange.