Topics

Food and Drug Administration
Steve Smith, leading U.S. tea connoisseur and entrepreneur, dies at 65
Steve Smith, leading U.S. tea connoisseur and entrepreneur, dies at 65

Steven Smith, a Portland, Ore., entrepreneur whose enchantment with tea and wizardry at blending flavors helped turn the United States into a nation of tea connoisseurs, died Monday at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore. He was 65. The cause was complications of liver cancer, said his daughter, Carrie Smith-Prei. Dubbed the "All-Star Alchemist of Top-Shelf Tea" by the Wall Street Journal, Smith helped put Portland on the map as the capital of gourmet tea as cofounder of the Stash and Tazo brands, which became multimillion-dollar success stories with their emphasis on premium ingredients and whimsical aura. Fueled by Smith creations like the minty "Zen" and the English...

Loading