The Tea Smith


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The teashop stocks roughly 150 blends of carefully curated loose-leaf teas, as well as teapots, teacups, travel mugs, and kettles

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The Tea Smith’s expansive collection of teas ranges from Darjeeling to Bai Mu Dan White Tea to to organic Moroccan Mint, as well as other green, oolong, black, herbal, and pu-erh varieties. Items include glass cup-and-saucer sets ($8.49), brew-infuser baskets ($9), and cordless electric kettles ($49.99–$59.95).

The Tea Smith

The Tea Smith owner Tim Smith searches out loose-leaf teas from all over the world—and he says he has to consciously limit himself as he fills the shops' stock of about 150 teas. But it wasn't long ago that Tim didn't even like tea. "I thought tea was brown water and a bag," he confesses.

It took a gift for his wife to change that. "I was traveling for business, it was around Valentine's day, and I was married long enough to know that you don't come home empty-handed," he says. So he bought her some loose-leaf tea and the right accessories to brew it. "She made me try it, and it was surprising," he says. "It was not that stuff in a bag. It had some character and some taste to it."

He began researching, and realized that tea—already the world’s most widely consumed beverage after water—was experiencing a resurgence in the United States. While many tea spots have British or Japanese themes, Tim decided to open a tea shops with a "comfortable contemporary" vibe, where people could enjoy hot, iced, and bubble teas with friends. For at-home brewing, visitors can shop for classic teas such as Earl Grey, sample more unusual flavors such as the “Iron Goddess of Mercy” (an oolong), or browse seasonal blends such as pumpkin spice, cranberry cream, and fireside chat. The shops also stocks travel tea mugs, teapots equipped with infuser baskets, and unglazed Chinese YiXing clay pots that enhance the tea’s flavor.

Tim knows that many people who walk into the shop are unfamiliar with loose-leaf tea and may not be sure what they'll like—which is why he only hires tea enthusiasts. "Part of their training is to come in and drink each of the teas, and make notes on the flavor profiles," he says. That way, the staff can recommend blends suited to each customer's palate, rather than having to analyze a Rorschach tea-blot test. In addition to events including an annual blending contest, they also run periodic Tea 101 sessions that introduce attendees to the "history, the myths, the legends, and the lore of tea," says Tim.

Customer Reviews

474 Ratings

Smell the teas you buy first - they encourage you to do so - that will help you pick the right one for you. I love The Tea Smith and always look forward to going there!
Paula W. · October 22, 2014
Staff knows everything you need to know about matching your tastes to their tea selection. Wonderful atmosphere to sit and take tea with a friend. Fun gift items.
Ann H. · April 23, 2013
Really enjoying my purchases--will definitely go again.
Millicent G. · March 16, 2013
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