Founder and Creative Director, Zach Mangan

Founder and Creative Director, Zach Mangan

How are we different?


All of teas are sourced directly from growers and producers who we know - and visit several times a year. They are more than suppliers - they are our teachers, our partners and our friends.

  • All of our teas are purchased weekly from the growers and shipped to our Fukuoka, Japan based packaging facility where they are repacked into our own date-stamped oxygen free packaging, cold stored until dispatch, then air-shipped to our customers directly from Japan.
  • Buying direct and fulfilling from origin allows us to keep our prices lower  - supplying pinnace grade tea at reasonable prices direct to our customers.
  • We also supply a unique range of tea ware, both contemporary and antique, through our network of artisans in Japan and the USA.
  • Our company is built on transparency, honesty, and an obsession with quality.

About Kettl

Kettl began from a sincere desire to make the finest teas of Japan available to customers throughout the world. After working for Japan's largest green tea company, owner Zach Mangan took a solo one month trip to Japan and realized immediately the freshest and most delicious products stay in Japan's domestic market. The supply chain in Japan is short and customers in Japan more often than not drink fresh, local tea. Driven by a simple to desire to shrink the supply chain and to connect these incredible teas with a wider audience, Mangan began a two year process to develop relationships with several of Japan's most notable tea producers. Generally, the best teas come from rural, isolated areas of Japan where small volume and high demand make procuring them difficult - and if they have been available, keeping them fresh has not been a high priority. We saw this as an opportunity and challenge worth undertaking.

Today Kettl Tea offers a curated catalog of Japanese teas that represent the best of Japan's terroir specific regions and producers. In addition to supplying teas direct to our customers, our restaurant partners currently hold a combined 26 Michelin stars and counting