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.

Aiya Matcha Black Friday Weekend Sale 2014

November 26th, 2014

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Just in time for the holidays, Aiya is eager to announce that we will once again be having our annual Black Friday weekend sale!  Starting on Black Friday and going all the way until midnight PST of Cyber Monday, this is unarguably our biggest sale of the year.

Since the holidays are approaching faster than ever, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this amazing sale and stock up on your favorite Aiya products, from Matcha to loose leaf teas to tea accessories. Aiya’s Matcha products make great gifts, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

The wholesale and consumer stores both have slightly different details, so please make sure to read everything over.  Feel free to contact us at contact@aiya-america.com if you have any questions.

Head on over to www.aiyamatcha.com to start shopping now!

For Wholesale** Customers:

Enter the discount code “blackfriday2014wh” (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Wholesale Store to save 15% off everything in your cart.*

For Consumers:

Enter the discount code “blackfriday2014” (no spaces) at checkout in our Online Consumer Store to save 30% off everything in your cart.*

*Discount only valid on products in stock at and purchased through our online wholesale and consumer stores respectively.  Orders must be placed from 12:00AM PST Friday, November 28th through 11:59 PM PST Monday, December 1st to qualify.  Aiya reserves the right to change the terms of or terminate this promotion without prior notice.

**Discount only valid on approved Wholesale accounts. 

Aiya Matcha Monthly Radiation Test Report Available – November 2014

November 4th, 2014

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

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Aiya’s Matcha at Supply Side West 2014

October 21st, 2014

During the beginning of October, the Aiya team flew out to the fabulous Las Vegas to exhibit at the annual Supply Side West show. This show was held at Mandalay Bay, and was a rather short trip consisting of only two days instead of our usual three.

We’ve exhibited at the Supply Side West show a couple of times already, so there were a lot of familiar booths and exhibitors as we walked down aisles. Unlike some of the other shows we participate in, Supply Side West is an ingredient based show, which means that there are a lot of products that are unfamiliar to consumers and are not readily available in stores.  Though a lot of these products were somewhat unfamiliar, it was still exciting getting to see all of the unique ingredients that were being exhibited. These products ranged from: neutraceuticals, vitamins, minerals and to different types of oils – the most intriguing one being an oil supplement extracted from Krill. This show definitely gives off a slightly different vibe than some of our other product based shows.

At this show, we sampled out an iced Matcha green tea using our Matcha To-Go sticks, our ever-popular Matcha green tea latte using our Zen Café Blend and almond milk, a hot Matcha tea using our ceremonial grade and three different tea-flavored chocolates created by Thomas Haas using our different type of pure teas. There was a Matcha white chocolate, made with our Matcha; a Rooibos Dark Chocolate with rose essence, made with our Rooibos tea; and a Black Tea Chai Milk Chocolate, made with our Black Tea. These chocolates were so delicious and definitely a crowd favorite, it was tempting not to reach for one every second. Since this was an ingredient show, the chocolates served as an example of how our Matcha and our other products could be used.

It was very enjoyable to see what companies were interested in our Matcha and what they wanted to use it for. Some wanted to use our Matcha for delicious desserts and others wanted to include Matcha in a health supplement or a protein shake.  Because of all of the amazing health benefits that Matcha offers, it attracted a lot of nutraceutical companies, an industry that I had not been too familiar with before the show. The wonderful thing about Matcha is its incredible versatility and being a bit of a health enthusiast myself, I was happy to see our Matcha piquing the interest of not just drink and dessert companies, but health and nutraceutical companies as well.  Overall the show went well and although it was somewhat slower than our last, it was attended by large companies with the potential to really broaden the Matcha market. We were very excited to follow up with many of the companies that visited us and are excited for the potential of Matcha and Aiya’s continued growth.

After the shows, we dined out at a couple of popular local restaurants—both of which I really enjoyed. On the first night, we went to a delicious Tapas restaurant called Firefly on Paradise, and the second night, an exotic Thai restaurant called Lotus of Siam. We even went to a massage parlor afterwards to ease away the day’s activities. Overall, a great experience, and a great way to wrap up our exhibition at 2014 shows—See you next year!

 

Aiya Matcha Monthly Radiation Test Report Available – October 2014

October 15th, 2014

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