Stash Tea Company
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(subsidiary of Yamamotoyama Tea Company)
|Industry||Retail / Wholesale Tea & Herbal teas|
|Founded||1972 in Portland, Oregon|
Tigard, Oregon, USA|
Teaware & Tea-Related Products
Stash Tea was founded in 1972 by Steve Lee, Dave Leger, and Steven Smith (who also co-founded Steven Smith Teamaker and founded Tazo). The company originally operated out of an old Portland Victorian-style house, supplying loose herbal teas and bulk herbs to natural food stores. Stash Tea broadened its focus to include bagged teas, and then began selling a full line of traditional, specialty blend herbal teas directly to fine restaurants and through a mail order catalog to consumers.
According to the company, Stash Tea derives its name from tea folklore: tea was once a valuable commodity, traditionally transported by clipper ships. A ship’s captain was typically presented with the finest teas for his personal use, which was regarded as his stash.
In 1993, Stash was acquired by Yamamotoyama Tea Company.
The company offers a line of specialty teas and tea products.
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- "About Us – Stash Tea". Retrieved 2011-11-16.