Speakers Discuss, Serve Storied Japanese Green Tea

Mary Lou and Robert Heiss

Mary Lou and Robert Heiss, tea educators and co-owners of Tea Trekker in Northampton, will present “Matcha: Japan’s Elite Green Tea,” a talk with slide show, on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6-7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center lobby.

Matcha, the powdered green tea, is a focal point in the tea ceremony Chanoyu, a uniquely Japanese tea practice since the 15th and 16th centuries. The serving of Matcha during this formal ceremony gave the tea prestige and carved a national identity for it. Despite its long history and importance, the understanding of real Matcha is being diluted today, according to tea masters.

From 7:30-8:30 p.m., there will be an opportunity to sample authentic stone-ground Matcha that has been created by a specialist in Kyoto, exclusively for sale at Tea Trekker in Northampton.

Admission is $10 for both events; $5 for Five College, Greenfield Community College and Springfield Technical Community College students. Call the Fine Arts Center Box office at 545-2511.

The event is presented by the Asian Arts and Culture Program and co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Honors College seminar course 391, “On Tea.”