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 – […]

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 […]

August 24, 2015

Sake Nomi in Seattle

by Kayoko Akabori

I’ve talked about following your passions in life before (ok, I talk about it like everyday) and here’s a place that embodies a deep passion for sake. Opened in 2007, Sake Nomi is a pioneer in sake retail and tasting in the United States. It is casual and almost feels like you’ve just walked into someone’s […]

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 […]

December 1, 2014

Upcoming Event: Meet Shrub & Co. (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori

The holidays are coming and we are hosting a few exciting events to get you all in the moooooooood. First up, a Shrub & Co. Meet ‘n Greet! Started in Atlanta, Shrub & Co. owners Deborah and Juan made their way west last year and landed right here in the East Bay, in Berkeley, CA. […]

October 16, 2014

Upcoming Event: Tokyo Mule Night with Shrub & Co.

by Kayoko Akabori

We are so excited to announce this special event with you all. A night with Shrub & Co.! Started in Atlanta, Shrub & Co. owners Deborah and Juan made their way west last year and landed right here in the East Bay, in Berkeley, CA. We’ve been talking these last few months about teaming up, […]

June 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Drink More Whiskey Book Party + Tasting

by Kayoko Akabori

For all of ya’ll who have been suggested we hold more, ehem, “alcohol education courses,” this ones for you. And MEN are also welcome to this one! We’re proud to host a whiskey tasting and talk with our friend Daniel Yaffe, author of DRINK MORE WHISKEY, a book published last year. We can’t keep enough […]

July 31, 2013

Upcoming Event: One Year Anniversary Sake Tasting

by Kayoko Akabori

Guess what?? Umami Mart Oakland will celebrate its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY in August!!! Both Yoko and I are so grateful for all the support we’ve received this past year from our community, the Bay Area, and beyond. It’s one thing to start a business, but another to actually be able to sustain it. THANK YOU […]

July 25, 2013

Event Recap: Shochu Tasting @ 18 Reasons (SF)

by Yoko Kumano

From the refreshing mugi (barley) varieties to musty imo (sweet potato) that demand your full attention, shochus are always the choice of drink for me. I fell in love with shochu while I lived in Tokyo. From oolong-hai‘s to oyuwari imo (sweet potato shochu with hot water), there are many ways to enjoy shochu. Kayoko and I […]

June 27, 2013

Upcoming Event: Sake Tasting @ Bar & Garden (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

We’re going to LA! That’s right, we’ll be spending a few days in sunny Los Angeles, driving down Sunset Boulevard with the top down searching for the Walsh residence in Beverly Hills. Then, poolside sunbathing in our bikinis, sipping on Mai-Tais with little umbrellas. Cause that’s what you do in LA, right? Woohoo! Aside from all […]