Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Things to Do: Smith Teamaker, Portland, Oregon



Smith Teamaker  110 SE Washington St., Central Eastside Industrial District, (503) 719-8752; also at 1626 NW Thurman St., Pearl.  M-Sat 10am-6pm.  Flight tasting $10.  This vibrant tea company was begun by the late Steven Smith, a legendary tea maker who also founded both Stash Tea and Tazo Tea in Portland.  Smith is known for using quality ingredients to create delicious blends, which run the gamut from simple and clean to robust and complex.  “We try to be cheeky and clever,” says Tony Tellin, Head Tea Maker, who is still wondering what he will be when he grows up.  The perfect introduction is an actual visit to the factory where these small-batch teas are made to do a sampling.  You can view production through a large glass window and will learn where the teas come from and how they are grown and harvested, plus taste a flight of teas.  It is interesting to learn that the silky tea bags are made from corn by-product and are sealed with sound waves.  Another option is to stop in and enjoy service in the small cafe or to select some teas to purchase for at-home brewing.  Tea lattes are also available, as is iced tea, nitro chai on tap, and more.  Look soon for ready-to-drink Masala Chai Tea in a milk carton at your local Whole Foods.




exterior of Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon
exterior of Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon

cafe at Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon
cafe at Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon

factory at Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon
factory at Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon

teabag at Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon
teabag at Smith Teamaker in Portland, Oregon


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