Remembering Steven Smith, Tea tastemaker: the influential innovator has left a strong impression on the tea market.
Steven Smith, founder of Portland, OR-based Steven Smith Teamaker died in March at the age of 65 from complications related to liver cancer.
The influential tea tastemaker, known for his work in the specialty tea market, was the co-founder of both Stash Tea (sold to Yamamotoyama Tea Company in 1993) and Tazo Tea (sold to Starbucks in 1999).
His international travels were a source of inspiration for his products, and influenced the flavors and ingredients included in his collections.
An avid tea lover throughout his life, he began his passion for the drink as a child when he shared tea with his grandmother.
Mr. Smith's wife, Kim Smith, will continue her leadership within the company, which the pair founded in 2009. She has served as head of marketing, talent management and strategic planning.
Tony Tellin, the company's master tea blender, will continue to oversee product development and quality.