This is the original, 100-year-old blacksmith shop where Steven Smith Teamaker was first created back in long-ago 2009. Today it continues to be an historic tasting room and sometime mecca for sit-down comedians, ballet dancers, and fine tea fanciers from all over the globe.
In the spirit of Steven Smith Teamaker, our tasting rooms are designed to offer a tea drinking experience like nothing else in the world. We invite you to sit, sip a leisurely cup, and study our teamakers in action—as you immerse yourself in the culture of the most uncommon name in tea. Want to reserve one and host an uncommon event? Just connect here.
1626 NW Thurman St.
110 SE Washington St.
The second-most historic location of Smith. From this humble but humming nerve center, we blend and dispatch exquisitely small batches of teas and herbal infusions to the four corners of the globe, while offering equally tempting elixirs to the occasional passerby.
Relax in one of our cozy tasting rooms 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, kegged products. In each cup you’ll see why Smith is the most uncommon name in tea.
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.
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.