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MITea: Japanese Tea IAP Masterclass with Kettl
Jan 16 - Virtual Event

Tea purchases made after January 8 are not guaranteed to arrive in time for the event

“Kettl tea is the most flavorful and fragrant tea I have ever experienced. It has become a central part of my restaurants and my daily life.” 
– James Beard Award Winning Chef David Bouley, New York

“There may be no more high-profile emerging tea brand in America right now than Kettl.”  
– Sprudge

Learn about Japan’s finest tea from Zach Mangan, owner of New York’s Kettl, a direct-source operation with offices in Fukuoka, Japan and Brooklyn, NY. Kettl is focused on the highest quality Japanese tea and offers an array of truly stunning gyokuro, sencha, matcha, and hōjicha teas imported from several of the country’s most notable producers, which are located in rural, isolated areas. Small volume and high demand make procuring these teas difficult.

Kettl's flagship cafe and gallery space is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and features tea to go, a tasting counter, their full collection of ceramics, retail teas, Japanese incense and select home goods. Kettl Bowery in Manhattan serves tea and sweets at a four-seat counter and a take-away window. Retail teas are also available for purchase along with a limited selection of ceramics. Tea, tea pots and cups, incense and many other items are available from the Kettl web site.

Kettl also supplies tea to some of the country’s top restaurants and cafes including, Ichimura at Uchu, Jean-Georges, Momofuku Ko and Per Se in New York, along with The French Laundry in the Napa Valley. Kettl’s restaurant clients hold a combined 36 Michelin stars!

Our program

In this guided virtual tasting, participants will take a deep dive into the world of Japanese tea. We will cover the history of tea in Japan and explore how it influenced the development the arts, cuisine and politics of the nation. We will then look at the tea industry today and explore several areas of manufacture, styles of tea and taste how processing and place impact flavor. The tasting will be followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Patricia Liu of the Club of Northern California.

Selection of tea available from Kettl

So that you can join the tasting in real time, Zach is providing a curated selection of Sencha, Gyokuro and Houjicha loose teas available for purchase prior to the event. The cost is $40. Standard shipping is $5. Orders will be shipped in early January to ensure freshness. Tea purchases made after January 8 are not guaranteed to arrive in time for the event.

Order tea here!


About Zach Mangan

In 2010, after working for Japan's largest green tea company, Zach Mangan took a solo one-month trip to Japan and realized immediately the freshest and most delicious products stay within Japan's domestic market. The supply chain is short and Japanese customers more often than not drink fresh, local tea. Driven by a simple desire to shrink the supply chain and to connect these incredible teas with a wider audience, Zach began a two-year process to develop relationships with several of Japan's most notable tea producers.

About Patricia Liu

Patricia Liu is a culinary and project management consultant who has worked with Michelin-starred restaurants, international restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies. Previously, she was the Special Projects Manager for Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, where she worked on a variety of projects, including opening new restaurants, recipe testing for The French Laundry, Per Se cookbook, and Chef Keller’s productions. She holds SB and MEng degrees in Computer Science from MIT.


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Date and Time

Sunday, January 16, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PT

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