I’ve been noticing Steven Smith Teas the past couple years and had recently received their sampler as a gift from a friend…every time I steeped a variety, I was impressed with the beautiful quality and flavor of whatever I tried. So, this tasting room was on my list of “must see” stops on our Portland, Oregon trip. Awesome quality teas, cool packaging, and an excellent tasting room is what we found…Smith Teas was my kind of place…”just my cup of tea” (pun intended)…as well as, was my husband and nephew’s favorite tea stop too…it’s contemporary, yet exudes and acknowledges the historic Asian and Indian world view roots of where great teas reside. Steven Smith, tea maker, wonderfully crafts small batches of tea in his Portland, Oregon tea atelier using fine ingredients picked at their peak.
The tasting room is inviting with a small tea bar, as well as, a few tables for tasting. There was a clear view of the manufacturing equipment and product displayed in an accessible and not overwhelming way (as some tea rooms almost offer too much variety and product for my taste). Not here, everything was just perfect. And why not, Steven Smith is no newbie to the tea world…his resume includes starting another small tea company with friends in the the 70’s…called Stash Tea…sold it, then later started another small tea company you might have heard of called Tazo Tea (yes, the one Starbucks bought from him)…then after going to France to live the good life for a few years…he came back to Portland and his love for tea and voila…we now have potentially the coolest tea company around…Steven Smith …this guy knows what he is doing.
Not only are the teas of the most excellent quality, their packaging is really neat. If you go to their site, you will get the sense of whimsy and lighthearted fun Steven Smith and his team of tea makers has in numbering their products and creating descriptions of why the number and best way to consume. They openly disclose their rationale for each box style and state that you are paying more for the packaging…which we bought as the boxes are so cool 🙂
They offer just a small display of tea equipment and I loved it all…particularly the glass teapot…everything is tastefully merchandised
Every single eating establishment we went to in Portland proudly offered two things…Stumptown Coffee and Steven Smith Teas. We loved every cup, along with the whimsical sayings on each package ..such as No. 39 Fez…says “best when shared with friends while lounging on pillows”
Each number has a rationale (go to their site where each is explained). It’s worth the read. I would have liked to have been in the room as each tea description was developed, that must have been fun. Again, these guys know what they are doing! We’ll be back to Steven Smith … and my teapot is in the mail.
Drink tea…it’s good for you and your being!