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Alexandra Norman is a freelance designer currently living in Portland, Maine. She received a BFA at Keene State College and has been working in the design field ever since. In 2018 she launched her design company Girl That Designs and works with varies clients on illustration, packaging, and art direction locally and abroad. To check out more of her work visit www.girlthatdesigns.com or @girlthatdesigns on Instagram.

First Friday, June 7: World Flutes with Kevin Reams

First Friday Artwalk – Friday, June 7

Kevin Reams is a multi talented and award winning musician from Maine who performs his own style of meditative, ambient and relaxing music on finger style guitar, frame drum and various types of world flutes, including the Native American style flute, Irish whistles, shakuhachi, and recorder. Kevin’s music draws from and is inspired by traditional world music of various cultures and countries around the globe, from the tribal beats of Native American and African cultures, the lilting dances and haunting aires of Ireland and other Celtic countries, the sinuous melodies of the Middle East, the deceptively simple roots of medieval and Renaissance music, to the poignant zen music of Japan.

Learn more at www.KevinReams.yolasite.com.

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.

10 Off Tuesdays

10% Off Bulk Teas on Tuesdays10% off all loose-leaf teas – every Tuesday!

No bags, only free floating tea leaves!

Need we say more?