One of my favourite things about having this blog is being able to support and tell you all about small, independent food and beverage companies here in Portland.
About a month ago I was contacted by Andy Hayes, founder and owner of Plum Deluxe.
Plum Deluxe is a Portland-based tea company. They hand-blend small batches of a variety of loose-leaf teas with the idea that people should take some time to slow down and enjoy the little things in life over a cup of tea.
Every tea blend is organic, non-GMO, vegan, free of chemicals and sulfites, with ingredients sourced from right here in the Pacific Northwest. I was sent samples of the Oregon Breakfast Black Tea and the Portland Rose City Chai and they were delicious! I’m a tea girl, and I can be pretty picky about the teas I drink; I thoroughly enjoyed both of these (although I think the Chai blend was my favourite ;))
Through their website you can order any of their current blends — they’ve got some good ones! Or, if you’re like me and tea is your thing, you can sign up to join their “tea of the month” club. For $10/month, you will receive 1 oz. of a custom tea (enough for about 20 cups) made especially for club members as well as a 2nd tea sample from their current selection of tea blends (teas are usually $7/oz). You will also get tea-inspired recipes, discounts and special offers, as well as a couple of surprise gifts and treats throughout the year.
You can purchase membership to the tea of the month club in 3, 6 or 12 month increments.
A friend of mine and I have had countless incredible conversations over cups of tea, so I can attest to the power of tea and conversation.
I’m working on developing a recipe or two using these blends, so stay tuned for those. In the meantime, happy tea-drinking!