2018 LECTURES - Saturday, Nov. 3rd

All lectures are free with general admission.

please note space is limited. SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

MAKING SENSE OF JAPANESE TEA

Saturday, November 3rd, 11:30am-12:30pm

oscar brekell, japan external trade organization

Although Matcha has gained in popularity way beyond expectations in the last few years, detailed, correct and interesting information about Japanese tea in languages other than Japanese is still surprisingly scarce. This is something that Oscar Brekell has vowed to put an end to.

Oscar became a certified Japanese Tea Instructor in 2014, completed an internship at the The Research Center in Shizuoka in 2016, and has also been working for Japan Tea Export Council. He is eager to share both interesting stories and valuable information with the international tea community. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain knowledge and insight in the intriguing world of Japanese tea.

IN SEARCH OF NATURAL TEA

Saturday, November 3rd, 1-2pm

TAKA INO, MAUNA KEA TEA

Taka Ino grows tea in Hawaii and has been looking for the ways natural and unnatural teas influence soil quality, the environment, and human health and well-being. He will discuss the challenges that he has encountered and how he’s learned to understand that cultivation method, plant variety, processing style and storage can alter the quality of tea in a natural way. Taka will also share how to select and taste natural teas.

TEA, TOURISM, AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Saturday, November 3rd, 2:30-3:30pm

nishchal banskota, NEPAL TEA LLC

In the 21st century, tea has emerged as a champion of social enterprise. Hearing stories about how the tea you are investing in is changing lives by helping them earn more or by becoming literate can only make your cup of tea more fulfilling. Nishchal, a second-generation tea farmer, will introduce you to different social practices associated with tea produced in his own factory as well as other parts of the world. In addition, learn how this startup is revolutionizing tea tourism by teaching people to live like tea farmers and how to make their own tea.

JOURNEY INTO PU-ERH TEA

Saturday, November 3rd, 4-5pm

Jeffrey McIntosh, DENONG TEA

Join Jeffrey McIntosh as he shares with you his 10 years of personal experience in the tea industry. Visiting multiple tea mountains and tea growing regions, he will share with you his journey and knowledge about what Pu-erh tea is, how to differentiate safe and clean tea, and the health benefits of Pu-erh.