When I think of Oregon, I think of the coast, the much-hyped Portland culture, and my Oregon tea blogger friends, Marilyn and Steph! So could I learn anything new about Oregon and tea this week?
• "Tea loves Oregon, and it grows very well here." So says Elizabeth Miller of Minto Island Tea Company in Salem, Oregon. I've enjoyed learning which states here in the US are successfully growing camellia sinensis, so I was delighted to come across this video on the home page of Minto Island Tea Company, which started growing tea in the late eighties. I love that they say they are creating "a tea culture." You can also click here to read what my friend Marilyn had to say about Minto Island Tea Company!
• One of the early Oregon tearooms was located in the back of a bakery. The Egyptian Tea Room at 268 Morrison St. in Portland was clearly in business by 1910, as that is the date on this vintage postcard I have. I love all the stacks of cookies in the display cases, and wouldn't you love to know what they served for tea in the back? I would! Click here for some more historic images from this tearoom and bakery. You won't regret it!