Two weekends ago, Aiya sales representative Michael flew up to Toronto for the 2014 Canadian Coffee & Tea Show. The show took place over two days on September 28th & 29th and was hosted at the International Centre. The show had everything, from a Barista Competition, to teas from all over the world. Once again, Aiya was showing its support for our Canadian partner Gerhards Importers at their booth.
At the show, Aiya sampled some new and fun drinks for the Canadian market. By using our Matcha Zen Café Blend and syrups from Monin, we made three different flavored Iced Matcha green teas: Mango, Peppermint and Lemon Matcha Iced Teas. The Mango flavored tea seemed to garner the most compliments from the attendees. The Matcha Iced teas were quite a welcome treat, since the weather was fairly warm for that time of year in Toronto.
Michael also sampled our always popular Iced Matcha Lattes. In conjunction with our Matcha Zen Café Blend, he used the Pacific brand Barista Series Almond Milk. This was Aiya’s first time using that almond milk for the lattes and the results were great. The final product was a rich and creamy Iced Matcha Latte, without the overpowering flavor of almonds. The Monin syrups and Pacifc Almond Milk can be obtained from Gerhards for our Canadian customers. The products worked so well with our Matcha Zen Café Blend that we are considering using them in the future at the American shows.
We have seen the popularity of Matcha grow in Canada, just as it has here in the States, so it was important to us that we were a Product Sponsor for the show. Aiya will be traveling to the Great White North again in 2015 for the CRFA Show. We will be at the Gerhards booth once more, so please stop by to enjoy some samples and say hello!