Steven Smith Teamaker
1626 NW Thurman St. • 971-254-3949
110 SE Washington St. • 971-254-3935
It really would be hard to overstate the impact the late Steven Smith had on the tea industry. After having started, operated, and sold Stash Tea and Tazo Tea, he set about to create a company for which he could source and blend small-batch, high-quality full-leaf teas and package and sell them all under one roof. He also chose to partner again with Mercy Corps to provide free academic coaching to support students in the tea-growing region of Assam, India. At his eponymous tea company he founded in 2009, Steven emphasized the utmost attention to detail, from the manner in which tea boxes are hand-assembled to the careful treatment of the botanical ingredients. Although he passed away in 2015, Steven’s tea legacy still thrives, as a visit to either of the company’s two Portland-area tasting rooms will confirm.
There, customers can experience Signature Tea Flights in which they will do a side-by-side comparison of four hot teas or tisanes, with offerings changing on a monthly basis. Refreshingly cold nitro teas on tap might include flavors such as Nitro Blackberry Black Tea and Nitro Chai, along with caffeine-free options like Sparkling Meadow and Sparkling Strawberry Honeybush. Floats, affogatos, and lattes are on the menu and incorporate tea in creative ways, as do many of the locally sourced food items, such as scones, friandes, cookies, and biscotti. Baristas are also on hand to prepare any of the company’s more than 39 offerings for enjoyment in the tasting room as a teapot for one or a larger size for sharing.