Aiya Matcha Monthly Radiation Test Report Available – February 2015

January 29th, 2015

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The radiation test report is available for our February 2015 shipment.  It once again confirms that all of our Matcha and loose leaf teas are safe for consumption.  Copies available upon request.

Aiya Matcha Monthly Radiation Test Report Available – January 2015

January 29th, 2015


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The radiation test report is available for our January 2015 shipment.  It once again confirms that all of our Matcha and loose leaf teas are safe for consumption.  Copies available upon request.

Aiya at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2015

January 22nd, 2015

Winter Fancy Food Show 2015 Recap

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Last weekend, the Aiya team flew out to beautiful San Francisco, CA for the annual Winter Fancy Food Show.  It was held at the Moscone Convention Center, which was only a short ten minute walk from our hotel.  Instead of renting a car this time, we walked to the show every day, taking in the crisp, chilly air and gorgeous scenery. With perfect weather and an amazing turn out, this show was definitely a great way to start out our exhibition at the 2015 trade shows.

Slightly resembling the Natural Products Expo East and geared more towards consumers and food service businesses, this show had lots of familiar exhibitors and products that could be readily found in local stores like Whole Foods or Target. There were many different types of products, from kale chips to flavored peanut butters to teas to flavored fudge. My favorite was definitely getting to try out all the different type of chips they had. From kale to lentil chips, to chips made with a method called “sprouting,” the market seems to be really expanding on new and healthier alternatives to fried potato chips.

At this show, we sampled out three different drinks: the ever popular Matcha Latte made using Aiya’s Matcha Zen Café Blend and unsweetened vanilla almond milk; our iced Matcha tea using Aiya’s Matcha to Go Sticks; and our hot traditional Matcha Tea, using our Ceremonial Matcha.  All of our samples were greeted with warm compliments and praises, and even some surprised faces. Some mentioned our Matcha lattes were “unexpectedly delicious,” while others mentioned that it “tastes like green tea ice cream.” Many were surprised to learn about the different grades of Matcha, and that Matcha is what is used to flavor green tea flavored desserts.

What was interesting about this show was the increase in the amount of people who have heard of Matcha before.  Compared to our trade shows in 2014, so many more people came up to our booth with some sort of knowledge of Matcha. Part of this may be attributed to the large amount of coverage Matcha has been getting in the media since the end of 2014. Since then, Matcha has exploded in popularity everywhere, popping up in grocery stores and being covered on television and in magazines. But it’s no surprise to us; it was about time that something so delicious, versatile, and healthy started gaining popularity.

Overall, this show went very well; we had tons of different attendees stopping by and trying out our products. What a great show this was, getting to meet new people and nurture relationships with many of our existing customers and others whom we work with every day. It’s always nice to put a face to the voice on the phone or the text in the emails.

Simple Matcha Pancakes

January 15th, 2015

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Pancakes, one of the most well known breakfast foods here in the US, are also one of the most versatile. Though we’ve seen many different flavors and toppings, we haven’t seen much green tea flavored pancakes. No worries though, with this easy recipe, you could make your own fluffy, delicious Matcha pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Aiya’s Cooking Grade Matcha
  • 150 grams pancake mix
  • 100 milliliters milk
  • Toppings of your choice

Directions:

  1. Mix together Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha with pancake mix.
  2. Add in milk and mix until smooth.
  3. Lightly coat a small pan with oil and put on low heat.
  4. Ladle in one scoop of Matcha pancake mix and shape pancake with the bottom of the ladle.
  5. Let pancake mix sit until you see small bubbles appear on the top.
  6. Slowly flip pancake over and let sit until middle of the pancake feels “fluffy.” The pancake should feel dense when not cooked.
  7. Top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Voila! Perfect Matcha Pancakes in just minutes.

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New Year’s Matcha Marshmallow Wands

December 19th, 2014

 

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As the hustle and bustle of Christmas almost comes to a close, we must start planning for yet another celebration– New Year’s. Here’s a simple yet adorable (and definitely New Year’s worthy) recipe that goes hand in hand with the sparkle and glam of the brand new year. Featuring Aiya’s Cooking Grade Matcha, this glittery Matcha Marshmallow wand gives the traditional marshmallow a pleasant twist. The soft, fluffy texture pairs almost too perfectly with the mild tea taste of Matcha, and the edible glitter gives it a beautiful sparkle. We’ve been hearing that Matcha is the #1 predicted trending food for 2015, so hop on the trend early and impress your friends with this delicious Matcha dessert! Happy New Year’s!

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Note: This recipe requires a stand mixer. This recipe was adapted from Aiya’s Matcha Marshmallows.

[Ingredients]

  • 2 tbsp Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
  • Lukewarm water as needed
  • 3 packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Edible Glitter (silver or gold)
  • Star cookie cutter
  • lollipop sticks

[Directions]

  1. Pour the 3 packets of gelatin and 1/2 cup of the cold water into the bowl of your stand mixer and allow it to absorb into the water. This is called “blooming” the gelatin. Affix the whisk attachment to your mixer.
  2. In a saucepan, add the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat and cook, covered, for 3-4 minutes. Uncover and allow to cook for another 8-9 minutes until the syrup reaches 240 degrees F. Remove from heat.
  3. Turn your stand mixer on low to mix the bloomed gelatin around.
  4. Slowly stream the hot syrup into the stand mixer, being careful to not pour it directly onto the gelatin but instead down the side of them mixing bowl.
  5. Once syrup is added, slowly and carefully turn the mixer up to high and allow it to mix for 15-20 minutes. The longer you let it mix, the firmer the finished marshmallows will be.
  6. Sift Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha into a bowl and then mix in some hot water with a Matcha whisk or the back of a spoon until it is smooth with no lumps. Stream the dissolved Matcha into the marshmallow mix during the final minute of mixing.
    1. NOTE: Don’t put too much hot water into the Matcha, or your marshmallows may come out too soft.
  7. Mix the corn starch and powdered sugar together. Lightly spray a baking pan with cooking spray and then add in the corn starch mixture. Tilt the pan until evenly coated. Remove excess and save it for later.
  8. Pour the finished marshmallow batter into the pan and allow it to sit for at least 4 hours.
  9. Once done, carefully cut with star shaped cookie cutters.
  10. Place the cut marshmallows on a lollipop stick.
  11. Slightly dampen the surface of the marshmallow if it is not sticky. Powder on edible glitter however you’d like.
  12. Garnish however you’d like and enjoy!

DIY Matcha Mason Jar Cookie Mix

December 17th, 2014

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There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the holidays– celebrating with loved ones, delicious food, presents, and the warm, fuzzy feeling this season evokes in us. Gift giving, though not most important, ranks high in importance during the holidays, and what better way to say “I love you” to your friends and loved ones than by making them something by hand? Here is a thoughtful holiday gift idea that is sure to put a smile on anyone you make this for–a DIY Matcha choco chip cookie mix in a mason jar featuring Aiya’s Cooking Grade Matcha! A perfect idea for tea lovers, bakers, and dessert lovers all around, we’ve even created a printable recipe to include in the gift.

For Mason Jar:

  • 14 tbsp flour
  • 2/3 tbsp Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips

For the gift receiver:

  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pour cookie mix into larger bowl and mix.
  • Mix in egg, butter, and vanilla extract until soft dough forms.
  • Scoop into small 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy!

Note: To create nice layers in the mason jar, pat down each layer with the back of a spoon to create a flat, even surface.

And there you have it- a simple yet thoughtful (and delicious) Christmas gift for all your loved ones! Layer, decorate and package the jar however you like, and don’t forget to include the recipe sheet! You can print the recipe sheet here, or hand write it on paper of your choice. Happy gifting!

A Holiday Classic- With Aiya’s Black Tea Zen Cafe Blend

December 11th, 2014



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With Aiya’s new and improved Rooibos and Black Tea Zen Cafe Blend 180g bags, serving specialty drinks at holiday gatherings have never been easier. To promote our newest products, we are excited to share with you a holiday classic–with a twist! Using the “Cocoa Black Tea Mocha” recipe created for us by Love and Lemons, we crafted a holiday classic that no one will be able to resist. A peppermint mocha with a special ingredient–our Black Tea Zen Cafe Blend! Who knew cocoa and tea pair so well together?

A couple tips for making this drink. First, adjust the amount of peppermint syrup you use depending on how peppermint-y you want your recipe to be, and second, crush a small amount of candy cane inside a ziploc bag and sprinkle on top of the whip cream for a festive look!

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[Ingredients]

  • 2 tbsp Aiya’s Black Tea Zen Cafe Blend
  • 3 tsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 cups heated almond milk, unsweetened
  • 3/4 tbsp peppermint syrup
  • Whip cream
  • Small marshmallows
  • 2 small candy canes (for garnish)

[Directions]

  1. Mix 2 tbsp Aiya Black Tea Zen Cafe Blend with 3 tsp cocoa powder.
  2. Pour in heated almond milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Mix in 3/4 tbsp peppermint syrup.
  4. Pour into two mugs.
  5. Top with whip cream and marshmallows.
  6. Add candy cane to garnish.
  7. NOTE: if mixture is too thick, add hot water or strain through a fine mesh strainer.

And there you have it! A deliciously festive drink to serve at any holiday party!

 

Also don’t forget about our sale on ANY size Black Tea and Rooibos Zen Cafe Blends through the month of December!

For Wholesale** Customers:

Enter the discount code “zen180wh” (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Wholesale Store to save 10% off any size Rooibos and Black Tea Zen Cafe Blends.*

For Consumers:

Enter the discount code “zen180″ (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Consumer Store to save 20% off any size Rooibos and Black Tea Zen Cafe Blends.

Head over to AiyaMatcha.com, and contact us at contact@aiya-america.com if you have any questions.

 

*Discount only valid on products in stock at and purchased through our online wholesale and consumer stores respectively, from December 10, 2014 12:00am PST to December 31, 2014 11:59pm PST. Aiya reserves the right to change the terms of or terminate this promotion without prior notice.

**Discount only valid for approved Wholesale accounts. 

Aiya New Product Sale: Rooibos & Black Tea Zen Cafe Blend 180g

December 10th, 2014
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Aiya’s New Black Tea and Rooibos Zen Cafe Blend 180g bags

Just in time for the holidays, Aiya is excited to announce the launch and sale of our new and improved Black Tea and Roobios Zen Café Blend, now in 180g bags! Though the original 1kg size bags were popular among restaurant and drink chains, our now smaller 180g bags welcomes quick and easy drinks at home.

To promote the launch of our newest products, we will be having a sale on ANY size Rooibos and Black Tea Zen Cafe Blends through the month of December!  Sale details vary slightly by customer type so please make sure to read over the section applicable to you:

For Wholesale** Customers:

Enter the discount code “zen180wh” (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Wholesale Store to save 10% off any size Rooibos and Black Tea Zen Cafe Blends.*

For Consumers:

Enter the discount code “zen180″ (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Consumer Store to save 20% off any size Rooibos and Black Tea Zen Cafe Blends.*

Whether it’s a warm cup of something special or a delicious latte, both Aiya’s Rooibos and Black Tea Zen Café blends are perfect for any holiday occasion! Simply mix a scoop of the Rooibos or Black Tea Zen Café Blend directly with milk, or blend with milk and ice for an easy smoothie. You can even get creative and add in some other ingredients to show off your drink making skills!

Head over to AiyaMatcha.com, and contact us at contact@aiya-america.com if you have any questions.

 

*Discount only valid on products in stock at and purchased through our online wholesale and consumer stores respectively, from December 10, 2014 12:00am PST to December 31, 2014 11:59pm PST. Aiya reserves the right to change the terms of or terminate this promotion without prior notice.

**Discount only valid for approved Wholesale accounts. 

 

Aiya Holiday Gift Set Sale 2014

December 5th, 2014

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To our valued customers,

December has just arrived and the holidays are once again upon us! To follow up with our annual Black Friday Sale, Aiya is happy to bring back another yearly tradition–The Aiya Holiday Gift Set Sale. Starting today (December 5th) and running all the way to New Years Eve, ALL Aiya Gift Sets are on sale.

Each Aiya Gift Set starts with a Matcha whisk and Matcha scoop in a beautiful gift box. From there you can customize the Matcha and bowl type however you like. Select a 30g tin of Matcha from our Premium, Ceremonial, or Organic Ceremonial grades and then choose a deep soil, pure white, or black pearl Matcha tea bowl to go with it. In addition, each set comes with an Aiya DVD covering how your Matcha makes its way from a seed in Nishio, Japan to a delicious bowl of Matcha in your home. It even has an instructional video on how to make your bowl of Matcha even more like a professional tea master!

Our beautiful gift sets have been featured in a number of popular publications in their gift guides, such as Clean Eating Magazine, SF Weekly, and Parade Magazineendorsing the public’s love for these sets. If you’re still looking for a gift for your friends and loved ones, consider getting them this gift set–it’s gorgeous, healthy, and perfect for any tea lover!

Sale details vary slightly by customer type so please make sure to read over the section applicable to you:

For Wholesale** Customers:

Enter the discount code “giftset2014wh” (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Wholesale Store to save 10% off Aiya’s gift sets.*

For Consumers:

Enter the discount code “giftset2014″ (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Consumer Store to save 20% off Aiya’s gift sets.*

Head over to AiyaMatcha.com, and contact us at contact@aiya-america.com if you have any questions. Happy Gifting!

 

*Discount only valid on products in stock at and purchased through our online wholesale and consumer stores respectively from December 5th 2014 at 12:00AM PST to Wednesday, December 31st 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Aiya reserves the right to change the terms of or terminate this promotion without prior notice.

**Discount only valid for approved Wholesale accounts. 

 

Aiya Matcha Monthly Radiation Test Report Available – December 2014

December 3rd, 2014

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The radiation test report is available for our December 2014 shipment.  It once again confirms that all of our Matcha and loose leaf teas are safe for consumption.  Copies available upon request.