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
Aiya's New Black Tea and Rooibos Zen Cafe Blend 180g bags

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.

No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

October 13th, 2014

 

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Since Matcha is naturally mild and slightly sweet, it is not only delicious by itself, but it is also delicious in almost anything—drinks, desserts, meals—the possibilities are endless. To increase awareness of Matcha’s incredible versatility, we often have professional bloggers and recipe makers create recipes for us using our Cooking Grade Matcha. To make sure these recipes are doable for non-professionals like us, we occasionally have blog posts like this one, re-creating recipes made by professionals and giving you our tips, input, and our thoughts for a successful cooking experience.

For this blog post, I tried making the “No-Bake Matcha Cheesecake” found in the recipes page of our website.

What got me wanting to try this recipe was the words “no-bake” in the title. I always seem to have some sort of trouble with ovens and fire, so a no- bake recipe sounded perfect for me.  No burning my arm on the edge of the oven this time! Anyway, I had a lot of fun creating this cheese cake because although it’s not something I’ve done before, it was easy enough to get it right the first time—my hard work yielded a perfectly delectable cake.

One thing that I noticed while making this recipe was that you need to follow the instructions exactly as it says, or else the consistency of the cake could potentially get messed up.  Too much gelatin and the cake could too much resemble the consistency of a Jell-O. Too little gelatin and the cake could end up falling apart. For me, I think the cake came out a tad bit on the Jell-o-ey side because I feared that the cake wasn’t going to set. Another thing I would recommend is measuring and putting aside the ingredients beforehand, because I found myself rushing to measure my ingredients in the process.

Here are the ingredients I used for this cake:

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For the crust:

  • 7oz Graham Crackers (I used the Honey maid brand)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (this needs to be room temperature)

For the cheese cake filling:

  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • 5 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp Aiya cooking grade Matcha
  • 1 oz sour cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream

For the decoration (if desired):

  • Whipped cream
  • Mint leaves
  • Fresh fruits (I skipped this step, but I think blueberries around the edge would have added a nice touch)

Directions

  • 1. First, we make the crust. Put the 7 oz graham crackers (around 13.5 graham cracker sheets) in a big Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush the crackers into fine crumbs.

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Like this:

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  • 2. Next, combine the crumbled graham crackers with 1 stick of room temperature butter. I actually forgot to leave the butter out, so I had to microwave it for about 10 seconds to make it soft enough to work with (which worked perfectly fine). Combine the graham cracker crumbs and the butter together to form a soft dough. Let it rest for 30 minutes.

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Voila!

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  • 3. Once the crust has been out for 30 minutes, Press the graham cracker dough into a pie plate. This part took me a while because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and it took a while to get the crust to be even in thickness all around.

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Ta-Da!

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  • 4. Now, we set the pie crust aside and work on the actual cheese cake. The next step on the recipe says to mix the 1 tbsp gelatin with the 3 tbsp room temperature water, but I would actually recommend doing this at the very end, and with hot water. The gelatin hardened quickly, and was grainy from using the room temperature water.
  • 5. Next, I sifted the Matcha into a bowl and added 1 tbsp room temperature water, mixing the two until a paste was formed. I made the mistake of using a spoon (instead of a whisk), which didn’t completely break up the little Matcha chunks, so my cake had some tiny clumps in it. But no big deal—it didn’t take away from the taste or looks of the cake. I would recommend using a fork if you don’t have a whisk.

This is what will give the cake the pretty green color:

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  • 6. Next, measure 5.5 oz of cream cheese, and mix it until it is soft and smooth. Once smooth, slowly mix in the ½ cup sugar into the cream cheese, mixing as you pour.

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  • 7. Next, add the Matcha paste, 1 oz sour cream, and 1 tsp lemon juice into the cream cheese mixture. This will give the cheese a pretty green hue.

 

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  • 8. Mix the 1 tbsp gelatin with the 3 tbsp hot water until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Then, quickly mix in the gelatin to the Matcha cream cheese mixture.

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  • 9. Next, whip up the ½ cup heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until it looks fluffy. Though this step could probably be done by hand, using the hand mixer is probably better because since whipping the cream by hand may take longer, this can cause the gelatin in the Matcha cream cheese mixture to harden before we can add in the whipped cream. If you do whip the cream by hand, I would recommend either occasionally mixing the Matcha cream cheese mixture or adding the gelatin after the Matcha cream cheese and whipped cream have been combined.

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  • 10. Then, combine the Matcha cream cheese mixture with the whipped cream by “folding in” the Matcha cream cheese mixture. This technique seemed to work well, because I think mixing them in a circular motion may have flattened the whipped cream.

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Almost done!

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  • 11. Finally, pour the finished mixture into the graham cracker crust. I used a silicone spatula to flatten and smooth out the mixture. Once done, put the cheese cake in the fridge to set. Mine took about 20 minutes to harden. I was surprised at how fast the mixture hardened (I thought it was going to take a couple of hours).

 

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  • 12. The last step is optional—the decoration. I added a little mint leaf from my garden in the center and it looked like this:

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I wanted to add whipped cream around the sides, but I realized that I didn’t have the tools to make it look nice, so I decided against it. I tried cutting a slice and adding some whipped cream on there with a spoon, however. I think this dessert would go perfect with some tea.

Ta-Da!

 

 

 

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Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the no-bake cheese cake came out. The cake had a nice, fluffy texture to it because of the gelatin, and it wasn’t too sweet, which I liked. But for those who prefer sweeter, I’d recommend putting a little more sugar.  Next time, I think I want to try adding a blueberry flavor to this cake. Because blueberries are not extremely sweet, I think it would go well with the mild taste of the

Matcha.

Happy cooking!