Tea Room Discovery in Victoria

Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery isn’t a name that you’d expect to find in a Chinatown…but that’s what adds to the fun. This final stop in a rain drenched Victoria, BC last fall was a delightful discovery. The space was light and bright and managed to feel cozy despite its cavernous size and…

Numi Savory Review

I met Numi co-founder, Ahmed Rahim, back in the late 90’s at a coffee & tea trade show in Portland. Back then, tea was just starting to ride the wave of popularity in the NW and Numi was testing the waters. Flash forward 14 years and Ahmed and his sister, Reem, have made lots of…

Tea Buds visits Morocco

Take a trip to Morocco courtesy of Mint Tea in Vancouver, WA. The decor, menu and music transport you to the kasbah in a matter of minutes. And if you want to experience tea Moroccan style, owner Jenna Eckhart is just the gal to see. You can even purchase traditional tea canisters. “They come in…

Welcomed Addition to SW PDX

It’s no secret that most of the cool cafes and tea places are on the East side of the river. Happy news then that Maplewood Coffee & Tea in residential SW PDX opened its doors just in time for summer sipping. When this historic general store went on the market last year, I couldn’t help…