ProfileAnthony Tellin was recruited by Tazo’s Technical Services Department, helping to create the structure and specifications that allowed Tazo to meet continued growth. In this role he gained an understanding of flavor, aroma and how the ingredients interact to create finished products while meeting market and regulatory requirements. Tellin then joined the Tea Procurement Team and started working closely with Tazo founder, Steven Smith, helping with the buying and formulating of all Tazo products. Together they would taste hundreds of teas each day to determine the very best ingredients for inclusion in Tazo blends. Tellin began traveling to countries of origin to develop supply relationships with key producers. Extensive visits to India, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal yielded a thorough understanding of production practices, product qualities and supply chain factors. Formal training in sensory evaluation, negotiation, supply chain management and leadership strategies rounded out his business talent. Today, Tellin is back working with his previous mentor and making some of the best tea in the world. He is a founding member of Smith Teamaker – a blender and packer of super-premium full leaf teas, herbal tinctures and bottled concoctions in his new home town of Portland Oregon.