Calli O’Brien Director of Sales and Marketing for DōMatcha along with Michael Harney VP of Harney and Sons Tea both spoke at ‘Tea Across Time’ held at the Ripley Centre at the Smithsonian Institute in DC this past Wednesday night. Louise Allison Cort, Curator of Ceramics for the Freer Sackler Galleries was also one of the presenters.
They spoke to a sold out crowd about the history, culture and future of teas, matcha and related ceramics such as the famous Chigusa tea storage jar from the 13th Century which is on exhibit at the Sackler Gallery until July 27th.
A tasting of teas and matcha was provided afterwards to a very excited crowd. Organizer Elizabeth Wilkie said it was a ‘great success’, Calli O’Brien was impressed with the knowledgeable audience and the number of regular matcha drinkers. Find out more about educational events at the Smithsonian at http://www.si.edu/Events/Calendar
July 11th, 2014
DōMatcha Japanese Tea Proudly Supports
the Smithsonian’s Salute to a ‘Famous Tea Jar
DōMatcha is pleased to announce their support of the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries as they feature the “life” of a famous Japanese tea jar, “Chigusa.” Read more
DōMatcha™ makes the world's best tasting Genmai Cha and North American tea connoisseurs agree, awarding our Genmai Cha 1st Place at the 2013 North American Tea Championships.
Unlike other genmai cha which is made from bancha leaves and roasted rice, we use tencha leaves and matcha with roasted rice, creating an extremely smooth tasting green tea with a delightful nutty flavor.
Tetra shaped tea bags made from organic cornstarch are used for a premium quality brew. Each teabag makes 2-3 cups of hot or iced tea (20 teabags per container).
We are excited to unveil our new video, "Matcha: The Way of Tea." A travel styled mini-documentary that uncovers the history, production and future of matcha tea. This spectacular journey takes you from amazing organic mountain tea fields, stunning forestscapes, and the natural spring wells of Kagoshima, Japan to the bustling tea-shop filled streets of ancient Uji City, Kyoto. Enjoy!
The DōMatcha™ Tea-m headed to Japan in May, bringing along a small video crew from Los Angeles, California. We arrived during spring matcha production to capture the process for a short video. We learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes. Many thanks to our Tea Master, Mr. Kazunori Handa, who coordinated our visit; and to our video director, Katherine Bowers, a professional to the end. Look foward to a fun and informative video this fall. See our Japan trip photo album on our Facebook page, as well as a short video on picking tea.
Whether you're traveling or close to home, share a fun day with DōMatcha™! Explore your creative spirit by including DōMatcha™ in a photograph whatever you're doing. Then send your best photos to firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include your location and contact info). We'll feature the best pics on our new DōMatcha™ World map and send you a FREE tin of DōMatcha™! You'll be featured on the World Map website, in our monthly newsletter and on Facebook. So share your DōMatcha™ day with the world - and put yourself on the map!
Many of you followed DōMatcha's™ Final Four Athletes over the past year as they explored the benefits of matcha tea on their training and competitions. As part of the Grand Matcha Experiment, a portion of the profits from our DōMatcha™ T-shirts goes to support youth athletic groups selected by the Final Four. In 2011 DōMatcha's™ Marketing Director, Calli O'Brien, was in Toronto to present one of our Final Four members, Geoffrey Peat, with a $300 check in support of his Newmarket Huskies Track Club youth x-country running group in Newmarket, Ontario. Geoffrey says he'll likely use the funds to purchase winter running hats so his club can continue running in comfort through their chilly winters.
We always knew it was a winner, but now it's official. At the annual North American Tea Championship held during the World Tea Expo this spring, DōMatcha's™ Genmai Cha placed 1st overall in the Blended Green Tea category. Our Organic Ceremonial Matcha placed 2nd in the Matcha category. We've had rave reviews about how smooth and sweet smelling it is, and now even the experts agree! The Tea Championship is judged by professional tea tasters with a demonstrated ability to identify high quality teas. We must say, they have great taste!
For those who missed the June newsletter - here's the latest: While DōMatcha™ teas are grown in Kyoto and Kagoshima, far from the location of the Japanese tsunami and nuclear crisis, we are taking many precautions to monitor our tea quality. The Kyoto Tea Association recently tested tea plants in the region and published a report indicating no radiation detected in the plants. To make doubly sure, our producers in both Kyoto and Kagoshima are testing the soil, water, and tea plants to ensure no signs of radiation. In the unlikely event any radiation is detected, rest assured we will not use the affected plants. Matcha drinkers come to us for pure, healthy teas, and DōMatcha™ will deliver! Our current supply, and for months yet to come, is derived from 2010 harvests. Stay tuned for future updates on Facebook and in our monthly e-newsletter.
"Across the Blue Sea" video producer Katherine Bowers recently explored the world of matcha with the DōMatcha team at "Mothers Market" in Costa Mesa, California. Join Katherine and DōMatcha sales director Calli O'Brien for a look at the time-tested goodness of matcha tea.
Just in time for the holidays, we're excited to introduce our new Grand Matcha Experiment Long Sleeve T-Shirts. Support young athletes this holiday season by purchasing Long Sleeve T's for the athletes in your life (and one for yourself!). Net proceeds benefit youth athletic groups and charities selected by our Final Four Athletes. DōMatcha's™ Final Four are competitive amateur athletes who have integrated matcha tea into their regimens discovering new focus, energy, and stamina for the competitive edge they need. Wear the Long Sleeve T as casual wear or after your workout or yoga class. They're funky and fun and getting rave reviews from men and women alike. Made in a non-sweatshop factory in Los Angeles, each T is printed with water-based ink in a solvent-free Vancouver print shop. Pictured: Men's Large and Women's Medium.
The Grand Matcha Experiment is DōMatcha's™ two-month journey to explore the health and performance benefits matcha provides competing athletes. Over the coming months we will document the performance of our selected "fab four" as they incorporate DōMatcha™ into their training regimens. Our sincere thanks to all those who applied.