• Reviews

    Aiya Tea Konacha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, very small particles Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: mesh infuser and ceramic teacup Liquor: vibrant greenish gold Konacha is Japan’s OTHER powdered tea. It’s not matcha but the leaf particles are very small. This particular one is a by-product of gyokuro production. Just as with a really good dinner the next day, sometimes leftovers can have their own appeal. The smaller leaf pieces give a stronger flavor more quickly than a full leaf tea would. Finding an infuser that would be able to catch them was a bit tough. My old Finum basket did the trick since…


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    Aiya Tea Matcha to Go Stick-Packs

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, powdered Ingredients: matcha green tea, soluble corn fiber Steep time: n/a Water Temperature: cold Preparation Method: waterbottle Liquor: deep green I really love matcha but it can be hard to make on the go. When I’m at work, my prep area is virtually non-existent so ease of use is a must. That’s why I was so happy when +Aiya America Organic Matcha green tea came out with these stick-packs. Each packet is individually wrapped and not very large so they are perfect for tossing in my purse on my way out of the door. I’ve tried products like this before but no matter what they all became…

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    World Tea Expo 2014: Interview with James from Aiya Tea

    During the expo I had the chance to have a quick chat with James Oliveira from +Aiya America Organic Matcha green tea. They are one of my go to companies when it comes to Japanese green teas, especially matcha and gkyokuro. Q: Have you noticed an increase in interest in your teas, particularly from the US? A: Yes, Matcha seems to be growing in the US. Years ago Matcha would have been completely foreign, but nowadays at least people have heard of Matcha or know a little about it. They might not be experts but at least they heard of Matcha. It helps when you also have people like Dr. Oz that mention it.…

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    Aiya Tea Kukicha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, stemmy Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Hagi glazen houjin Liquor: pale green Kukicha is often a lower quality tea because it is comprised mostly of stems. That doesn’t make it bad but it obviously would not be as well made as a fine sencha. This one is a bit different because it is made with 50% Gyokuro stems. It was vegetal and sweet with a very strong grassy aroma. I have a habit of chewing the leaves that fall into my cup and they tasted oddly oceanic. Multiple infusions abound, especially when using a small brewing…

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    Aiya Tea Deep Steamed Sencha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, needle-like shape Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Kyusu Liquor: bright greenish yellow This sencha is unique because the leaves have been deep steamed. As +Aiya America Organic Matcha green tea‘s site explains, this decreases the aroma but also cuts the astringency and gives it a more full bodied flavor. The dry leaves had a fairly normal appearance but the liquor was a really bright greenish yellow. It had the sweet vegetal notes that I would expect from sencha but it was rounder and fuller without the typical sharpness. The finish still had a refreshing astringency. Although not fruity in…

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    Aiya Tea Premium Sencha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: dark green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1.5 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: greenish gold I was impressed with this tea before I even opened the canister because it had a pull tab top. This kind of container is usually only seen with matcha but it was appreciated. The leaves were very dark green and had a wonderfully fresh aroma. The taste did not disappoint in the least. It was full bodied and vegetal with notes of nuts and citrus. It had a buttery mouth-feel with no bitterness. Sencha is usually quite grassy but I was reminded more of baby spinach or…