T Project is a studio where tea virtuoso Teri Gelber hand blends small batches of the finest organic teas and botanicals, crafting them into inspired combinations drawn from her many years in the culinary world. From its website and an artful brick and mortar in Portland, Oregon, T Project sells 28 signature blends and seasonal single garden teas, along with lifestyle goods that reflect her obsession with well-crafted objects that contribute stylish beauty and health to our day to day lives.
MISSION: Finding the best organic ingredients - teas, herbs, spices and flowers - is my mission. As a small buyer and producer, this is no easy feat. I travel to forage for better ingredients and also work strictly with growers and importers of the highest integrity in order to provide my customers with a tea that I feel very good about. Witnessing the thrashing of our planet and the decline of our country's manufacturing sector, I was determined to source tins and bags locally. Of course my tea leaves would come from the lush gardens of Asia and India, but it was imperative that my canisters be made here. Our tins are custom-made from 80% post consumer recycled paper and we hope you will either reuse or recycle them. We wrap each one in unique papers and it's a surprise as to which paper your tea canister will be wrapped in. The cello bags the tea comes in are plant based and compostable. The Kraft bags are also biodegradable and can be recycled.
VISIT: My retail shop in Northwest Portland is open by appointment or Friday - Saturday, 12-5. I sell many other artisan items besides teas in the shop. We hold special events and tastings, along with changing exhibitions in the small gallery, year-round.
MOTTO: By doing things the right way, we can live up to the Japanese saying- Sampo Yoshi - Good for seller, good for buyer, good for community.