Tea Chai Té
734 NW 23rd Ave. • 503-228-0900
7983 SE 13th Ave. • 503-432-8747
616 E. Burnside St. • 503-477-6544
“People turn to tea for a variety of reasons,” says Angela Valdes, who along with her husband, Dominic, founded Tea Chai Té in 2003 in a small space in a Victorian house on NW 23rd Avenue. The couple has since expanded the size of the original locale and added a store on East Burnside Street, as well as one in a circa 1920 red caboose on SE 13th Avenue in Sellwood. “People needed places to chill and relax,” she notes. While each of the three Wi-Fi-equipped venues has its own unique vibe and personality, their common denominator is, of course, the tea they serve, which is displayed in small, see-through containers for customers to examine and to smell before ordering.
Dominic handles the blending of their own 89 loose-leaf creations, 20 of which are chai blends. (The Valdeses’ two sons enjoy drinking Vanilla Rose Chai No. 69 on their way to school, Angela says.) Because Angela has had a variety of chronic health issues over the years that have not responded well to traditional pharmaceuticals, Dominic developed Tea Chai Té’s 13 caffeine-free Apothecary Tea Blends, such as Be Swell Blend No. 60, Allergy Blend No. 101, Headache Blend No. 102, and Tummy Blend No. 103. All of the 122 (and counting) teas on the menu can be prepared hot or iced or even as lattes. As if those options were not enough, the six flavors of their Happy Mountain Kombucha are also available.