Smith Teamaker Blog

Meet the Teamakers – Kim H.

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We have another Kim in the office. Introducing our newest customer accounts person extraordinaire. Give her a call and find out how pleasant, how professional and how much she enjoys helping you select your next favorite tea. She may be sipping a freshly brewed cup of Lord Bergamot with milk, but you’ll only hear her smile.

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea?

A: Birthday tea with my mom.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A:  Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo.

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Meet the Teamakers – Donovan

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Our newest Teamaker is busy preparing flights of tea for visitors to the Tasting Room. He boasts a swell collection of vintage sweaters and is the only guy who wears a tie around here. He’s warm-hearted, has a great smile, and loves to talk tea. Welcome, Donovan!

 

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea?

A: Sipping Jasmine tea around a camp bonfire on the coast with some of my dearest friends.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A:  Teddy Roosevelt, Buster Keaton, Nikola Tesla, C.S. Lewis.

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Meet the Teamakers – Jayna

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Disguised as Claire Kent, Jayna is a wiz with spreadsheets, columns and numbers; all a decoy to her superior skills with pie crusts and baking utensils. It’s possible she keeps a cape in her desk, but we’re still not sure.

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea?

A: Christmas mornings with my grandmother, mother, and sisters while we waited for the rest of the family to wake up.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A:  Da Vinci, Marie Curie.

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Meet the Teamakers — Michaela

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The Teamakers have a dedicated fashionista among us. Michaela is the newest member of the “ladies loft” where a flurry of phones, customer service, special requests, and the logistics of all your tea shipments originate. She has jumped into our world of tea with the grace and style of a princesse de mode.

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea.

A: As soon as I wake up!

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A: Zooey Deschanel

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Meet The Teamakers — Joy

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Introducing Joy!  Our first and only, but no longer – Intern. Recent Design Grad and uber talented at making all things electronic look and feel beautiful. The first of our Teamakers to show up here as a “selfie”. Here’s a woman who’s taking charge of her destiny.

 

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea?

A: Gulping down my mother’s sweet tea during sweltering summers as a kid. She was born and raised in Alabama, so she knows how to make the perfect batch of what is appropriately referred to as “the house wine of the South.”

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A:  Julie d’Aubigny sounds like she knows how to (tea) party.

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Meet the Teamakers – Ryan

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We think Ryan looks like a NASCAR driver, even if it is the forklift he’s racing around on. This guy is sharp, handles our shipping, and tucks every package together with the care and manners of a Southern gentleman.

 

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea.

A: First time at Crater Lake and having a cup of tea while watching the sunrise.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A:  MLK, Jr. or Che Guevara.

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Meet the Teamakers — Erika

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Erika’s back in the house. One of our very first Teamaker’s, Erika left us for a while to complete her degree in architecture and design. In between designing Portland’s future, Erika manages all of our custom projects and loose tea packages.  A classy, eco-conscious person, she is the epitome of serenity in our whirling production room.

 

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea?

A: On crisp fall evenings, with a good book, and the windows open.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A: Kengo Kuma, Margaret Atwood, and Agnes Martin. Maybe all together.

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Meet the Teamakers – Tyson

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This is Tyson – Our most recent Teamaker. Quiet and thoughtful, artist and manga fan…is he the caped crusader? We just don’t know.

 

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea?

A: Relaxing with a cup of matcha after a long day of work.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

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Meet the Teamakers – Aaron

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It’s about time we introduce the other half of our friendly tasting room staff – Meet Aaron:  Jazz enthusiast, writer and maker of the best Chai Latte in town.

 

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea.

A: All the cups I share with my girlfriend. Also, the mugs I had with my Mom at the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, high up in the mountains of Canada’s Banff National Park. No roads lead there. It’s only accessible by foot.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A: John Coltrane – I don’t know if he even drank tea, but he was so exploratory musically and intellectually, that I’m sure he’d go for at least one cup. Also, tea with True Grit author Charles Portis would be a thrill, even though he’s not historical or famous. He still lives in Arkansas, and he likes drinking beer in his local watering hole. With his wit and sly sense of humor, I bet he could generate endless plays-on-words with the names ‘oolong’ and ‘Bai Mu Dan.’ (more…)

Meet the Teamakers – Lauren

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Photo @TiffanyTalbott

We first met Lauren as a customer in our tasting room. Traveling around the globe and back, she now brings her eye for beauty, lilting South African voice and appreciation for tea to our  customer service and sales team here at Smith. 

 

Q: What was your happiest time drinking tea?

A: As a little tot, everyone gathering for early morning tea in my parents’ room. I’m sure I had way more sugar and milk in my cup than actual tea… perfect family ritual all the same.

Q: Which famous figure in history would you most like to have tea with?

A: Last week I might have said Miyamoto Musashi… famous Japanese Samurai and  Zen master… This week I’ll add Madiba Mandela (call me patriotic) and Cesaria Evora… something about the combination of her bare feet and unreal exotic voice makes her the perfect tea companion to this eclectic tea party.

Q: What would you most like to read in the tea leaves? (more…)