The Smith Tasting Rooms
In a former blacksmith shop on tree-lined Northwest Thurman Street we produce our draft teas and run our small tea shop where you can visit and taste teas. Our other tasting room, tea lab, tea production facility and headquarters are located on Southeast Washington Street in Portland, OR, where we blend some of the freshest and most interesting teas you’ll ever taste in your life. Relax in our cozy tasting room and share a freshly-steeped pot of the tea we’re busily packing that day, or try a stimulating flight of four or eight fragrant and delicious selections. You can also savor a decadent handcrafted tea latte or grab a glass of one of our new, always rotating, draft teas. In each cup you’ll see why Smith is the most uncommon name in tea.
Smith Headquarters and SE Tasting Room
Our Southeast Tasting Room is in the heart of the Central Eastside Industrial District. To accommodate our growth, the new space is approximately 13,000 square feet - almost double the size of our Northwest Thurman location. Guests of the spacious Tasting Room will be able to view our production team through our glass window (typically running tea Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) as well as the tea lab where Tony Tellin, our Head Teamaker works with his team doing sample cuppings and tasting tea garden lots as they arrive from origin fresh after harvest season. The original Smith Tasting Room located in Northwest Portland lined with green ivy and beautifully exposed brick will also remain open.
NW Tasting Room
Addresses and Hours
110 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214 (map)
1626 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97209 (map)
SE Washington: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 7 days/week
NW Thurman: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 7 days/week
Click here to view our Tasting Room Menu (note: seasonal and limited edition items might not be accurate).
Inside the NW Tasting Room
Similar to flights offered at wineries and distilleries, here, you select four hot teas from our menu, and we arrange them on a tray from lightest to darkest, complete with silver tasting spoons and informational tasting cards. Never tried a Darjeeling? Curious about Keemun? Flights are an excellent way to try something new, or a Smith version of one of the classics like a hearty, black breakfast tea or an Earl Grey (we call ours Lord Bergamot). Tourists from around the globe visit the Teaworks to share flights with family and friends.
There's no right or wrong way to enjoy a flight. Some people select teas in a single category -- all blacks, for instance, or all greens -- so they can taste the variety of flavors within one type. Other people pick whichever tea catches their interest, so some honeybush here, some White Petal there. Others work their way through the oxidation spectrum, choosing a white, a green, an oolong and a black. It's Portland. Do your thing. If you need suggestions or would like us to arrange your flight, we're happy to help.
Tea to Drink
Need your morning brew or an afternoon pick-me-up? We have you covered. Order a pot for yourself or share one with a friend. We serve hot tea and iced tea, as well as a selection of unique tea lattes, including a creamy version of Japan's matcha green tea, a Darjeeling crème caramel made with Recchiuti Burnt Caramel Sauce and garnished with a pinch of Jacobsen's sea salt, and a robust masala chai that will make any chai wallah smile.
Masala Chai on Nitro
Tea to Take
Need something to take with you? We offer all of our teas in packed sachets or as loose tea. We are also now offering growlers of our kegged products: a rotation of amazing new flavors such as strawberry honeybush or blackberry brahmin. If you want a teapot or mug, or a metal strainer for brewing loose leaf, we offer a selection of those, too. We like the white porcelain Sowden teapots so much that we serve our tea in them; the same goes for our variable temperature Breville electric kettles. If you want tea that came right off the manufacturing line, look no further. You'll find us stocking the shelves with fresh Tip-Top boxes taken right off the line. You won't see that anywhere else in America.
We have a small selection of small bite tea accompaniments at our SE Washington location, which is also situated among numerous restaurants and carts. Although we don't serve food or pastries at our NW Thurman location, our shop is flanked by some of the city's best eateries and bakeries. Feel free to take your tea to-go so you can enjoy a meal or fresh pastry with one of our neighbors, like Olympia Provisions or Breken Kitchen.
Besides the exterior, the first thing you'll notice is the aroma. Opening our front door, you might hear yourself exclaim, "It smells so good in here!" The scent of peppermint has infused the exposed bricks, and the scent of whichever tea we're packing that day often drifts into the Tasting Room, filling it with the scent of chamomile, chai or bergamot.
Our teas have big flavors, but we're a small company, and so is our shop. Sometimes it's quiet and you'll have the place to yourself. Sometimes the space hums with conversation and the joyful clinking of mugs. Saturdays can get jumping, so it never hurts to call ahead, but we'll always try to find a space for you.