|You can almost always find a box of Smith Tea on the bike.|
I first met Steven Smith in 2003. He was the head of Tazo Tea back then and I was doing a segment about the company for On the Cusp, my then weekly late night talk show on NYU-TV. Eight years later as I was getting ready to launch this project I got in touch again and miraculously he remembered me. I had a great meeting with Steve and Kim (Steve's wife and co-founder of this newest venture), they liked the idea and generously signed on to be a supporting sponsor.
Also, I guess this is as good a time as any to out myself as one of the few Portlanders who's not a regular coffee drinker. I might drink a cup of coffee once a month but I start every day with a cup of tea (and I generally punctuate my day with a few more cups of tea). My tea shelf - yes, I've got a whole shelf in my kitchen devoted to the stuff - is packed with teas from companies that Steve has created over the past few decades. Naturally, the shelf is now primarily dominated with Steven Smith Teamaker tea. And in case you were curious, my current favorites are Brahmin and Fez.
You can check out our official interview with Steve here: