Date Visited: 29 March 2019
Wednesday through Friday 12-6 pm
Saturday 10-4 pm
- Tea Suggestions -
Peace: an aptly named and gently aromatic medley of kava kava, chamomile, gotu kola, roses, lavender, lemongrass, licorice root and vanilla bean. A wonderful blend for anxiety or to offset a stressful day.
The Wake Up Call: yerba mate, ginseng, cinnamon, cloves, anise, and peppermint are a perky alternative to coffee, with less than half the caffeine of your average Joe.
Need Reservation? No
Neighborhood Type: Urban/City
Parking: Scarce; space is located in downtown Portland. Parking meters in effect from Mon-Sat from 9 AM to 6 PM. Parking meters are free on Sundays and major holidays. Parking Meter rate as of 04/04/2019: 1.50 USD
Aromatic & Warm
Hard to know where to start but obvious to know where to go for help/to order tea
49 Teas (27 tea blends, 22 non-blended teas)
Teas well described
Teas well categorized (ex: Tisanes, Calming Infusions, Mood Lifting Blends, etc.)
Authentic/Fresh Taste - Clean/Potent - Appetizing
The server, Sarah, is also the owner who was polite, helpful, and knowledgeable
Well orchestrated "hippy vibe"
Inducing the feelings of being relaxed, settled and "at home"
You can created your own blend and Sarah, the server and shop owner, will prepare it for you.
The Sipping Area: clean surfaces, chairs, and floors
The Dispensary Area: clean/organized
The Bathroom: dark and small but clean
Upon leaving Homegrown Herb & Tea I felt a sense of community and connection to Portland, a place that I could "come home" to if ever I were in the city again. I chatted a little with Sarah and she suggested a delicious Indian restaurant not too far from the tea shop before we said our good-byes. I would definitely suggest Homegrown Herb & Tea as a local tea spot in Portland, ME and I can see myself paying a visit every time I find myself in downtown Portland.
Homegrown Herb & Tea is 13 years and counting in operation
Sarah is the shop owner and lone tea server
Sarah blends her own teas in shop
Sarah prepared 1,000 tea sacks on 29 March 2019
The unique and creative menus are 12 years old
What do you look for in a tea shop?