Smith Teamaker Blog

Steve’s Avocado Iced Tea Recipe as Featured in About.com Coffee/Tea

Smith Teamaker Avocado Iced TeaAvocado Iced Green tea recipe from our very own teashaman was recently featured in About.com Coffee/Tea by Lindsey Goodwin.

This recipe was initially inspired by a blended avocado drink Steve tried in Ethiopia. He later added a Tex-Mex twist (chili peppers, lemon juice) and Fez (a Moroccan mint tea variation he carries) to the recipe. Click Here for recipe

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Shots from second flush plucking in Darjeeling

Second flush plucking begins in Darjeeling – and none too soon as we just used up all of our second flush Darjeeling in our last batch of Bungalow. Take a look at these amazing views of the fields.

Second Flash Leaf Darjleeing (more…)

Tea Ceremony at Caffee’ Vita

Last week at Caffe Vita headquarters, we were visited by Steven Smith of Steven Smith Teamaker, who carried his teacups up from Portland, Oregon. Smith Teamaker teas in the Tip-Top Cartons are now available to Caffe Vita wholesale customers.  (more…)

Extreme Office Makeover Part 1

Smith Office Remodel Project
Part One – The “Before”

Have you ever walked into a business and thought to yourself “cool space, wish I worked here”? I don’t know about all small businesses, but when we decided to set up shop, it was like moving into an empty house, a house that had been stripped to its bare bones. Most everything needed to operate our new tea company had to be thought out, sought out, purchased and hauled in.

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Smith Teamaker at the Fancy Food Show

Greetings from the Teamakers at Smith,

Joined by key members of his former Tazo team, Kim, Tony and Amy will join Steve Smith at this years Fancy Food Show in San Francisco January 16-18th, 2011. Stop by our Booth #853 for hand-crafted, delicious tea blends and special surprises by the Tea Master himself.

Smith Teamaker at Fancy Food Show 2011
Fancy Food Show Smith Teamaker Booth

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Watch the video of Making Tea with Caldera at the Teaworks

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TWIST, Caldera, and Steven Smith Teamaker came together in spring 2010 to support underserved Oregon kids as a part of Calderas Art & Design, a year-round, long-term project joining innovative arts mentoring with creative professionals.

A group of Caldera high school students from Central Oregon and Portland worked closely with teamaker Steven Smith to design this unique blend. The students each created their own blend of chai, using various black teas and spices. They then conducted a secret taste test to find the blend they liked best. The final formula (concocted by student, IDK) became the signature “Caldera Chai” blend. After Steven re-created the blend for a 100-box series, the students and the Smith Teamaker team packaged all of the tea to be sold at TWIST and TWISTonline.com.

Steve Presents Smith Teas Sampling at Umpqua Bank

Making tea with Caldera

Next time you’re in Twist, check out the latest in the art of tea from Smith and the kids from Caldera.

We brewed it up Saturday afternoon, March 27th. The teaworks was hopping with 14 teenagers learning the history and ingredients of great blends. Then we created a special Caldera Chai on the spot – formulated and named by the students. Packing the string tie boxes was a hoot with everyone singing camp songs.

These pictures were taken by the kids.

You’ll find Caldera Chai now on artful display at Twist, and all proceeds benefit Caldera thanks to our good friend Paul Schneider.

You can learn more about Caldera here – It’s a nonprofit, year-round arts program dedicated to mentoring Oregon kids, ages 11 on up.

The small batch of students who came to the teaworks taught us a great lesson about staying fresh in our thinking.

Cheers to everyone who helped this educational blend come together, including Matt Hansink, Tricia Snell, Cristy Lanfri, Kirsten Kilchentsein, Palmer Petterson and the folks at Sandstrom Partners.

First plucking day of the season

First plucking day of the season on Chamong’s Tonganagaon Tea Garden in Tinsukia District in Assam, India.

Hello and welcome to the semi-historic, first-ever Smith Teamaker blog.

I’m sitting in the Teaworks at the moment, looking out at the Portland rain and sipping a hot cup of Brahmin’s Choice. It’s a blend of full-bodied Indian Assams, paired with succulent Ceylon Dimbulla, Ceylon Uva and a touch of smoky China Keemun from Anhui. (The batch number is 90101, the first batch we’ve produced, in case you want to look up more specifics.)

Seems like the perfect blend to get this blog up and running.

Since you’re here, you’ve already been introduced to Steven Smith Teamaker, a small batch, full leaf tea line that I just launched with some good friends from my original Tazo team. We’re small, so we can work with rare ingredients and share the stories behind each batch of tea with you.

Just wanted to introduce myself and say stay tuned for more.

Now, back to the blending room.

Cheers,
Steve