Katie Lewis Chamberlain
A Kentucky native, Katie migrated to Oregon nearly eight years ago where she quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while earning a Master’s in Magazine Journalism at the University of Oregon. By day, she is an editorial and research coordinator at Oregon Social Learning Center. Katie is also a freelance editor and writer, primarily covering food and the environment. She has contributed to 1859 Magazine, Wildflower Magazine, Eugene Magazine, Harvard Medicine, the Eugene Weekly, and Trazzler. When not procuring food or eating, Katie can be found practicing yoga, hiking, or cycling. Katie traveled to Taiwan for the first time in 2011 where she savored many delectable snacks and consumed countless cups of puer, Dong Ding, and everything in between. She has a perpetual weakness for Iron Goddess and roasted oolongs.
Anna V. Smith
Anna is one of the most recent additions to the J-TEA team, joining them in October 2013. After years of working as a barista with coffee, she was excited to start learning about the world of tea since she had no previous knowledge of it, and thought that tea was only the crushed up Lipton teabags. Since then, Anna has acquired a liking for roasted oolongs and puers, and a range of other teas in the shop.
Anna just graduated from the University of Oregon with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Environmental Studies and is currently interning with the Eugene Weekly as a news writer. She has a little lionhead rabbit named Otis, too.