Virtual Tea Tasting Workshop with Rona Tison of ITO EN

Virtual Tea Tasting Workshop with Rona Tison of ITO EN

Sunday, October 3, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
Instructor: Rona Tison, Executive Vice President – Corporate Relations and PR, Ito En North America, Inc.
$7 Center Members, $10 General Public
Register by September 20 to receive your tea samples in the mail in advance of the workshop

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Experience a virtual tea tasting with Rona Tison of ITO EN, the global leaders of green tea and innovators of Japan’s #1 unsweetened bottled green tea- Oi Ocha. Enjoy learning, brewing and sipping tea exclusively selected by ITO EN. From cold brew & traditional preparation to fun matcha drinks, join this special interactive tasting. 

Registrants will receive a packet of tea samples in advance of the workshop. Please register by September 20 to ensure delivery of the samples by the workshop date.

Workshop Menu:

  • Megami Sencha- leaf tea
  • Genmaimatcha- leaf tea
  • Lemon Turmeric Sencha- leaf tea
  • Matcha – Unsweetened & Sweetened
  • matcha LOVE Peach Cinnamon Teabags

Registrants are also encouraged to gather the following utensils & tools for the workshop:

  • Teapot (Kyusu prefered)
  • Pitcher
  • Teacup and glasses
  • Spoon
  • Tumbler or shaker
  • Ice cubes
  • Stirrer
  • Water- both cold & hot water (spring water)
  • Your choice of a milk- an unsweetened almond milk or oat milk is ideal

About Rona Tison

Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations & PR, ITO EN, North America, Inc., New York

A tea industry connoisseur with a refined approach to the U.S. Japanese culture and innovative marketing, Rona Tison is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America) INC., Japan’s #1 green tea brand and the world’s leading purveyor of premium and sustainably grown green tea and healthy beverages. Tison is responsible for maintaining and developing the company’s corporate image through branding, public relations and promotional events. The company has received numerous awards to include recognition as one of “50 Companies Changing the World” by FORTUNE for its commitment to sustainability and the revitalization of tea farms through its Tea Region Development Project, and its proprietary tea leaf recycling program.

In addition to her role at ITO EN, Tison serves on the Board of the Tea Association of the USA and the Tea & Health Committee, the U.S.-Japan Council and Advisory Board of the Global Tea Initiative at University of California, Davis, and member of the Tea & Herbal Association of Canada. She has been a speaker at the World Tea Expo, San Francisco, Los Angeles & Northwest Tea Festivals, the United Nations, Shizuoka World Tea Festival, James Beard House and Smithsonian Lecture Series. She received the “2017 John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award” for her educational contributions to the tea industry, the first woman to ever receive this prestigious award.


About Ito En


Innovation with Integrity

ITO EN’s goal has always been to refine the art of keeping every tea harvest in top condition, maintaining its health benefits and flavor integrity. We have been perfecting this process of innovation since our origins. First, with the Japan Family Service in 1964, and then in 1966 when we were known as the Frontier Tea Corporation. Back then, our tea was sold only at specialty stores. Yet by 1969, in response to its high demand, we pioneered new packaging methods––vacuum processing and double-packaging––so tea could be sold in smaller quantities at mainstream stores without compromising its quality. It’s a tradition we continue to evolve so you always enjoy a perfect cup.

Commitment to Preservation

With the Tea-Producing Region Development Project, ITO EN partners with the Japanese farming community to preserve the art and craft of tea harvesting. We think of it as part of our responsibility to the planet that starts in the fields of Japan. We’re committed to forging strong partnerships with our farmers so that we see our product from first bud to final cut. It’s a measure that nurtures local economies, promotes conscious agricultural work, and ensures the stable supply of green tea leaves for consumers everywhere to enjoy for generations to come.

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