Our story begins with Steven Smith, a natural born teamaker from Portland, Oregon since 1949. First as co-founder of Stash, then as tea shaman of Tazo, Steve made a worldwide name for himself through his deep understanding of tea—culminating in this, his signature brand, concocted in 2009. Working closely with his wife Kim and a trusted team of teamakers, Steve succeeded in making Smith the most uncommon name in tea—known for a curated line of flavors like nothing else in the world.
Today, Steve’s spirit lives on in a tea department overseen by Head Teamaker Ravi Kroesen, alongside Sara Kaufman and the rest of a hand-picked team. To deliver uncommon good taste in your cup, we source the finest teas and botanicals from friends in India, China, Sri Lanka and Africa. In most cases, these are growers, exporters and tea brokers we’ve worked with for over 15 years.
Every blend begins with a moment of inspiration—maybe a nicely aged cask of merlot, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream—that can ultimately be perfected with the benefit of decades of experience and a fine feeling for flavors and fragrance. In the most fundamental sense, our goal is simply to make tea that we like to drink. Because Smith is about the teamaker youbecome, when you brew a cup yourself.