Japanese Green Tea

Culinary Arts

Japanese Green Tea

Learn about and taste a variety of Japanese green teas.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 1/27/2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Sat, 1/27/2024


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No Prerequisite, Class

Kitchen Arts Studio

Wine & Beverage


Japan has a long, rich tea history, especially when it comes to beautifully crafted, delicious green teas. Learn about the history of Japanese green tea, how it's grown, how it's processed into different styles, and how to brew it for maximum enjoyment.  

In addition to more familiar brewed Japanese teas like sencha (fine green tea) and genmaicha (green tea with toasted brown rice), we'll taste other styles such as kukicha (twig tea), bancha (second harvest sencha), hojicha (roasted bancha or kukicha), and gyokuro (shade-grown sencha).  Learning how to identify and appreciate the different styles of Japanese green tea will help you most fully enjoy them.

Your instructor, Christopher, has been a fine tea enthusiast for many years and has worked in the retail tea industry as an instructor at Seattle teahouses, the Northwest Tea Festival, and private events.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes to class.
  • You must be registered (no drop-ins).

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email accessibility@bainbridgebarn.org to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Christopher Gronbeck

Christopher is founder and former owner of The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar in Seattle. He has a long history as an educator in the science and environment fields, and has taught wine and spirits and cocktails classes for more than 15 years. He serves as a judge at numerous wine and spirits competitions. Christopher loves everything about BARN and is active in the Kitchen Arts Studio as well as in Woodworking and Print & Book Arts.

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