May 30, 2017

Celebrating Women Producers: Donna Lo of Far Leaves Tea

by Kayoko Akabori

Far Leaves is a treasure in Berkeley, CA. A place to enjoy a pot of luxurious teas from Asia or simply buy a canister to take home — Far Leaves is an oasis of calm, nestled on a busy, industrial section of San Pablo. I always look forward to visiting for a cup of tea with […]

August 25, 2016

Savor the Flavors of Far Leaves Teas

by Umami Mart Staff

Far Leaves Tea in Berkeley sources exceptionally high-quality teas from around the world. We now carry three Far Leaves premium teas at Umami Mart for your sipping pleasure: Far Leaves Matcha Sencha If you need a little caffeine boost during the day, we recommend Matcha Sencha. It combines two traditional Japanese green teas – sharp, […]

May 30, 2016

Hario V60 Iced Coffee Maker: Cold Brew, Shorts, and Summer

by Yoko Kumano

Kayoko and I test every product we place in the store. We have to love it, use it, and find a place for it in our kitchens. This means that while it needs to look good, it also has to be easy enough for me to understand within the first five minutes of opening the […]

April 11, 2016

Japanify: How to Make Matcha

by Yoko Kumano

The first time I learned how to make matcha was from my grandmother, Baba-chan, in Tokyo. I was in second grade when she first showed me how to make matcha. I quickly forgot about it when I moved back to California in fourth grade. Oddly enough, while I was listening to industrial music in my […]

March 18, 2016

Upcoming Event: Free Coffee Tasting with Red Bay

by Umami Mart Staff

On Saturday, March 19, from noon-3 p.m., we’ll be hosting a free coffee tasting with our friends Red Bay Coffee. Founded in 2014 and based in the Fruitvale District of East Oakland, Red Bay sources single-origin beans that they roast in small batches. The tasting will feature samples of the three Red Bay coffees we carry at Umami Mart – […]

March 17, 2016

Studio Arhoj + Umami Mart Travel Mug is Back In Stock!

by Umami Mart Staff

Last year, we sold out of our limited-edition porcelain travel mug designed exclusively for Umami Mart by Studio Arhoj. We got so many emails and walk-in customers asking us – sometimes begging us – to bring it back. One customer wrote, “It is my favorite mug and I cannot find it anywhere on your website. Do you […]

August 27, 2015

Upcoming Event: Single Origin Tasting with Horiguchi Coffee

by Umami Mart Staff

Back by popular demand, we’ll be hosting our second free tasting with Tokyo-based Horiguchi Coffee! Join us this Saturday at Umami Mart from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to taste three Horiguchi coffees: the popular Flower and Juicy #2 blend and two single-origin brews, Ethiopia from Yirgacheffe Kochere and Kenya from Thiriku Farmers Co-Op. Buy a bag […]

June 16, 2015

Upcoming Event: Horiguchi Coffee Tasting

by Kayoko Akabori

We are thrilled to host a complimentary coffee tasting this Saturday with Horiguchi Coffee, a roaster from Tokyo. Founded in 1990, Horiguchi is a craft roaster that sources beans from Colombia, Tanzania, Panama and Ethiopia. With three cafes in Tokyo, Horiguchi prides itself on using only premium beans; utilizing advanced roasting technique. Two blends will be available to […]

February 23, 2015

Postcard from Japan: Kissaten Life

by Kayoko Akabori

We are really enjoying the kissaten (cafe) lifestyle here in Japan and we have visited several in Tokyo and Fukushima during our travels. Unlike Starbucks or other branded coffee shops, kissaten are a place to unwind, have a smoke, sip a cup of joe and perhaps order a pressed sandwich. They are all unique and […]

January 25, 2013

Postcard from Nahoko: Coffee Break (Tsukiji)

by Nahoko Morimoto

*Nahoko Morimoto is a Tokyo-based photographer. Her work has been featured in Brutus and Vogue Japan.