2018 Taiwan Tea Journey

May 11-24, 2018

We will once again be traveling for tea, this time to Taiwan to connect with the farmers and producers of our most favorite oolong teas!


Embarking on another tea journey, the owners of Dobrá Tea, a teahouse located at 89 Exchange St., Portland, will head to Taiwan for oolong plucking, production and sourcing of these cherished teas.

Walking from India to Nepal, 2017

For most of May owners Ellen Kanner and Ray Marcotte will travel with 10-12 other “Devoteas” from the US and Eastern Europe to connect with producers while tasting and selecting teas to sell in their tearooms. Along winding roads and various forms of transportation, the group travels to tea farms, experiencing up to 6 tastings per day, and where the agenda is to compare the quality, flavor, and characteristics of these special teas. Previous trips have been taken to India and Nepal (2017), Korea and Japan (2015), The Azores (2016), and China (2012). Organized by business partner and founder Ales Jurina of Dobrá čajovna, Prague, CZ, the tea trip is both an educational endeavour and chance to connect with the farmers and producers while gaining insight into the culture of Taiwan and its tea heritage.

You can follow their journey off their website, www.dobrateame.com.

The tearoom will remain open normal hours, opening at 10 everyday, and cared for by the dedicated staff of Devoteas. It serves over 100 teas and tea drinks, desserts and light fare — all vegetarian, some gluten free, and many vegan options. www.dobrateame.com.

Contact: Ellen Kanner 207-956-0355 or

View all our travel journals and photos on our tumblr site.

Our 5th Anniversary!


Join us for our 5th Anniversary!

Join us as we celebrate
Our 5 Year Anniversary!

We’ll be celebrating all weekend with THANK YOU offerings and tea tastings!
April 1, 2011, in the midst of an April Fool’s blizzard, we opened the tearoom and awakened the senses of tea lovers across Maine. What a journey it’s been – from 151 Middle Street to 89 Exchange Street – and we thank you for your love of tea, healthy food, and support

– Thank you! –
Ray, Ellen, and the Devoteas who make Dobrá Tea all that t is
10% off all Loose Leaf Tea you take home to brew
Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
It’s our way of saying THANKS

In the Blue Room
New artwork on the Art Wall by Kailyn Cimino – Sacred Geometry – come check it out during April’s First Friday Artwalk!

Check out our upcoming EVENTS – poetry reading series, live music and more.

Interior of Tearoom
Read about our recent Press coverage, thanks to Maine Magazine, Dr. Lisa and Maine Women – on the newsstands now!
Welcome Spring’s Darjeeling First Flush! From the Mission Hill Estate SFTGFOP1, West Bengal, India. Now at the tearoom. We will be getting a second DJ1 upper elevation from Badamtam FTGFOP1, Lebong Valley, India.

Gluten Free • Lite Fare • Vegan • Desserts • Free Wifi  



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Gong Fu ceremony and article in the Press Herald

A lovely article in the Portland Press Herald’s Soup to Nuts column by Meredith Goad about the tearoom!  We are very pleased by this review and the tearoom was a-buzz all day because of it.  Greg Rec, staff photographer, made a video of our tea knowledge expert, Matthew Frayer, performing the Gong Fu tea ceremony: