Ippodo Japanese Tea Workshop

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Japanese Tea Workshop at Ippodo Tea. Thanks to Lisa from Chambre de Sucre, I found out about it and went, and shared a table with her, Kathy, and Lisa’s friend Jeni.

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The shop is in the front, as you walk in. In the back is a Japanese restaurant, Kajitsu, where the workshop was held.

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Everything was laid out neatly in front of us. The staff from the Japanese Ippodo shop  who were all fluent in English  flew in and taught the workshop.

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First up, preparing gyokuro. We steeped it in cold water for 15 minutes. Yes, 15!

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While waiting for the gyokuro, we had a sencha and yanagi tasting. I learned there are four types of green tea: gyokuro, matcha, sencha, and bancha.

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We did one steeping of the gyokuro and we had it with a jellied dessert made of sweetened red bean paste. Loved the pairing; they went perfectly together. The gyokuro was so savory with a slight sweet taste. I was surprised at the richness of the flavor.

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Next up, matcha. We learned how to prep it properly by sifting a heaping teaspoon of matcha first, followed by some hot water.

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Then comes the whisking. Just 10 flicks of the wrist is all that’s needed.

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Sipping the matcha slowly between bites of a mochi treat.

The workshop was $30 and an hour and a half long. If you’re interested in learning more about Japanese tea, I would highly recommend the class. Not sure when the next one will be, but check out Ippodo Tea’s Facebook page to be updated. I really enjoyed it.

INFO:Ippodo Tea Co. | 125 East 39th Street | New York, NY 10016 | 212.370.0609

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3 Comments

  • 6 years ago

    I love Ippodo and almost attended this class before a Steepster meet up at Harney and Son's came up. I'll definitely have to make it a point to go to their next one!

  • Gyokuro is one of my favorite green teas. I really like sencha, too. The red bean paste jelly looks so tasty.

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    6 years ago

    Hi Nicole, it was my first time at Ippodo and I really liked it. Yes, if you can go take a class there, I would highly recommend it. It was a lot of fun and educational!

    Hi Georgia, I really like gyokuro too and cold brewing really brought out a completely different flavor I've never tasted before. The little sweet treats were so good, but even better with the tea pairing!

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