Tea Bar was founded by Portland native Erica Indira Swanson.
Erica spent her childhood years alongside her father managing properties in Portland for their real estate business. A strong work ethic and an eye for design was quickly instilled in Erica and was something she carried with her during the adolescent years that she spent in China where she continued her studies, quickly learning the language and became infatuated with tea culture.
After returning home to Portland and its abundance of coffee shops, Erica began her mission to make tea just as accessible. She teamed up with a small family farm in Uji, Japan and made matcha the main approach. Designed entirely by Erica and built with a small team of contractors, the first Tea Bar opened in Portland on December 1st 2014.
The mission of Tea Bar has always been to make tea an enjoyable and approachable experience, offering a curated menu with a focus on quality over quantity. From the moment you step into one of our shops, we want you to feel as though Tea Bar is your home away from home. Don’t be afraid to come with questions as any of our skilled team members will be happy to assist you in your order. Each drink we offer is made fresh to order with tea concentrates made in-house using our 24-hour slow brew process. Our boba is made fresh daily. We offer multiple dairy alternatives and use the highest quality ingredients on the market with absolutely no powders, artificial flavors or dyes. You can sip easy knowing your favorite tea is made with love from beginning to end.
Since opening in 2014, Tea Bar has expanded to four locations in Portland, collaborated with a number of local businesses we love and garnered features in Vogue, Bon Appetit, Cosmopolitan, and Dwell. We are so grateful to our friends, family and the community for showing so much support along the way. We to strive to make Tea Bar the highlight of your day while continuing our mission of keeping high quality tea simple and approachable for everyone. New drink announcements, promotions, discounts and more can be found through our Newsletter, Instagram and Facebook page. We are open to feedback of any kind and, as always, thank you for stopping by to say hello!