I’m Zach Mangan. Owner of Kettl Tea.
A quick note to say thank you for being a part of our community. From the start it has been our goal to share Japan's finest teas direct from their source by shipping right to your door from Japan. And we realize we couldn't do it without you. We are so deeply appreciative of all the support we get from our customers all over the planet. If you ever have any questions, comments or just want to say hi, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org - どもありがとうございます。
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 pinnacle-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.
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.