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Feast 2013

Head Teamaker

It is not often the teamakers take the show on the road, but with all the great events happening at Feast 2013 here in Portland, we had to join in.

September 21st is the Beat the Devil; Create an Awesome Food Business Without Selling Your Soul event at Whitsell Auditorium. In this “Speaker Series” presentation, Steve will offer tips and insights on creating an ethical and successful gourmet business alongside other luminaries on the panel including Kim Malek from Salt and Straw, Piper Davis from Grand Central Bakery, and Chuck Eggert from Pacific Foods.

On Sunday, September 22nd, Steve and Kim will be teaching a class on the fine art of blending tea. This hands-on class begins with a tasting of different teas and botanicals and finishes with students taking home their own personalized blends.

Tickets for these events are already on sale and generally sell out quickly. So make sure to get your tickets soon, otherwise your Feast may be closer to a famine.

Smith Teamaker a sofi Finalist for 2011




Steven Smith Teamaker’s Black Cap, “fruitsmithed” tea,  named 2011 sofi ™ Silver Finalist for Outstanding Cold Beverage By the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade

Portland, Oregon, April 26, 2011 – Smith Teamaker’s Black Cap, Ready to Drink tea, has been selected as a Silver Finalist for Outstanding Beverage in the 2011 sofi™ Awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.  The sofi Awards recognize excellence in specialty foods and beverages and are a coveted industry honor. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

Smith’s Black Cap is one of  110 Silver Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food experts from 1,657 contenders across 31 Awards categories. Gold Winners will be announced in a red-carpet ceremony July 11, 2011 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. hosted by noted chef Cat Cora.

“Well, we think Black Cap tastes great and are glad the judges agreed.  Based on the inquiries for this and our other ready to drink teas, we may just need to scale up from our current 30 bottle brew batch.  Could be a long hot summer with Tony and ML slaving over our tiny batches”, says Steve. Together with a talented team (and by team, we mean eight people) Smith creates teas, tonics and elixirs that taste like nothing else on earth. Immerse yourself in Smith’s world through, where you can sample every flavor and explore the provenance of each ingredient. Or when in Portland, visit the Teaworks, M-F,  at 1626 NW Thurman St. (more…)

Steve Smith Introduces Smith Teamaker

A New Line of Artisan Tea Promises Good Sipping

Blended from the World’s Best Tea Gardens, at the Hands of an Oregon Tea Guy, Smith Promises an Uncommon Experience

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PORTLAND, ORE. (October 8, 2009) – Tea innovator Steve Smith knows how to blend a great cup of tea. First came Stash, then the renowned Tazo Tea. Now, Smith’s innate talent for crafting quality, artfully blended tea that pushes contemporary palates has come full circle with the launch of Steven Smith Teamaker. (more…)