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December 15, 2012
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Outstanding Local Tea Makers
Portland's Best Kept Secret 2012
June 7th, 2012
Tea stakes claim in coffee mug land
From the Temple of Cosmic Reflections in Lan Su Chinese Garden to the Tea Court at the Heathman Hotel, the ceremonies of tea are alive and well in Portland.
"(At The Jasmine Pearl) The tea-smelling station here is fun and easy to use, with color coding, the tea's name, and pricing on each canister. Better still, owner Chuck Bauman will personally brew you a sample of any variety you choose, and talk you through the process.
I was immediately struck by the aromas of something
called sticky rice Puher, a traditional tea from Yunnan Province,
China, scented with an herb that is strangely reminiscent of sweet and
floral sticky rice. A few minutes later I had a cup in my hands."
Developing tasting abilities can help boost your shop - and your passion.
By Dan Leif
"It's true that the journey from tasting novice to full-blown connoisseur is a long one, but taking steps to build your own abilities need not be daunting. The first thing to keep in mind is that as long as you have a sense of smell, you can learn to detect flavors at a nuanced level. 'I always tell people it's just a matter of experience,' says Heather Agosta, co-owner of Portland Ore., retailer Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants."
SBA gives 16 small local firms a big boost.
OREGON BUSINESS NEWS - April 10, 2009By Jonathan Brinckman, The Oregonian
Fresh Cup Magazine
The classic Indian drink is mainstream - how are you setting yours apart?
May 2009By Chris Ryan
Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
The World of Tea Consulting
February 2009By Wendy Komancheck
Agosta's company consults with cafes, tea houses, restaurants, spas, clinics, natural markets and retail stores. They work with their clients on site, but they also host tea workshops and classes for business owners and the public at large. She says, We teach our clients how to evaluate teas through tasting and brewing instruction. We also teach basic tea education and advise on equipment purchasing, menu planning and we conduct trainings for their staff..."
Portland Monthly Magazine
Best of the City 2008:
BEST CHAI TEA : Spella Caffe'
"Ordering a chai at this little food cart takes time. But according to owner Andrea Spella, there's no other way. And if you've been put off by bad chain-store coffee-shop versions, rest assured Spella has given new life to this ancient hot (or cold) drink. Here's how he does it: First, he combines turbinado sugar or honey with three heaping teaspoons of dry, pan-roasted spices like cardamom, cloves, star anise, black pepper, and loose-leaf Assam tea (from local company Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants) in equal parts water and milk. Next, he uses an old piston-style espresso machine to steam the brew. Then it sits Ã‚Âfor three whole minutes. Only then will Spella pour the beverage through a sifter and into your lucky cup, using a "pour, swirl, pour, swirl" motion. At which point you'll knock back this utterly perfect drink in no time flat."
The New York Times
Beyond Tea and Crumpets in Portland
By Ceil Miller Bouchet
July 8, 2007 - Travel Section