Meet the Tea Farmer: Yoshihiro Sugimoto

Many of us love Japanese tea, from rich green matcha, to refreshing bright sencha, to warming roasty hojicha. But do you know where and how your tea is made?

Meet the Tea Farmer live events provide an opportunity to get to know Japanese tea farmers and taste their tea while listening to their stories. By attending the event you will have a chance to learn how they started farming tea, what teas they produce and what philosophy guides them. Even more, you will receive 2 teas made by the tea farmer that you can brew at home during the event!

Our next guest is Yoshihiro Sugimoto – a black tea farmer from Wazuka, Kyoto. For the first 20 years of his tea farmer life Sugimoto-san was making Japanese green tea, that is until he discovered black tea. Enchanted by the unique aroma and flavor, he started producing Wakoucha (Japanese black tea) over 10 years ago and now makes several different kinds. During the event you will be able to try his on of his Wakoucha as well as Guricha (curly green tea). Join us for an interactive tea time!

*These events are interactive, and participants are more than welcome to engage with the tea farmers and ask questions. To keep the events personable, they are limited to 10 participants, so book your place early.


What: Meet the Tea Farmer: Yoshihiro Sugimoto

When: 8pm-9pm on 27th January (Japan time)

Language: English and Japanese


  • In Japan:
    • 3,500yen/person regular ticket
    • 3,000yen/person member ticket (Tea Fellow and Tea Catalyst)
  • Abroad:
    • 5,500yen/person regular ticket,
    • 5,000yen/person member ticket (Tea Fellow and Tea Catalyst)

*The ticket fee difference in Japan and abroad is due to the difference in the tea shipping costs.

What is included:

  • 1h live event with a tea farmer over Zoom
  • 2 teas (Sugimoto-san’s Wakoucha 50g and Guricha 50g),
  • shipping fees

Registration: Click the button below to register for the event and you will receive further information on how to join the event. Your place will be confirmed after the payment is received.


  • 15 days before the event – full refund, excluding transaction fees
  • Less than 15 days before the event  – no refund

Register Here