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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Editor’s Choice: Steven Smith Teamaker

It’s a morning tradition in the editorial department to take a break and head to the kitchen for some tea. I’m sad to say that this morning at approximately 9 a.m., I polished off the box of Mao Feng Shui tea from Steven Smith Teamaker. (If I were a tween and not a totally mature editor, I would insert sad face emoticon here.)

Varietal No. 8: Mao Feng Shui full-leaf green tea is just one of the many delectable blends from Steven Smith, a company that crafts its teas in small batches for an exceptional drinking experience. The company’s wonderful array of green, white, oolong and black teas, as well as its herbal infusions, are created from ingredients picked at their peak. With its earthy aroma and light, almost ethereal color, the Mao Feng Shui blend tastes like a fresh spring morning (I know it sounds cheesy, but trust me). The leaves for this blend are harvested in the spring from China at a high elevation.

During my time drinking the eight or nine bags in the 15-bag package of Mao Feng Shui, I drew immense pleasure from untying the cute little string-tie box of tea (which we’ll certainly be using as a pretty storage container for paperclips and office supplies now that it’s empty). I will miss dropping the elegant sachet into my mug of hot water. The roomy, biodegradable sachet provides greater full-leaf expansion, which helps release even more of a green-tea aroma. And let’s not forget all those fabulous antioxidants I am consuming with each sip!

You simply must check out the company’s website ( I guarantee you will find yourself on it longer than you intended (at least I did — I’m a sucker for well-designed websites). Don’t miss the humble About section, in which I learned — to my surprise! — that founder Steven Smith is also the founder of popular well-known and –respected brands Stash Tea Company and Tazo.