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Kukicha Green Tea by Aiya America

Steeping specs: 3 g 1 cup 175° 1.5 minutes This one was a tea that I could not find on the company’s website, so please forgive me if I don’t steep it according to the ideal specifications. I kind of guessed a bit and I hope I didn’t steep it too hot. It turned out pretty well with the steeping specs I tried, but who knows what would happen with different steeping specs? (I didn’t have a large enough sample to really experiment.) As it steeps I’m catching buttery, seaweedy fragrances. After steeping, the liquid isn’t nearly as clear as I would’ve expected. Read More

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Matcha to Go from Aiya

Today I am reviewing Matcha to Go from Aiya!! When I first opened the stick-pack (easy to use, and perfect for while on the go), there was a very earthy scent. There was a scent that I couldn’t quite place, but after a while I realized that the scent reminded me of seaweed. Once I stirred and let the tea cool for just a bit, that allowed the earthy matcha scent to become pleasantly strong. To me the taste is a bit bitter and very much like the scent. However, I figured, from the dark green color, that this would Read More

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Matcha to Go Stick-Packs from Aiya

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Aiya Tea Description: Similar to Aiya’s flagship Ceremonial Matcha, Matcha to Go is intended to be used with water exclusively so as to enjoy the pure, smooth tea flavor.  Either cold or hot, simply open the single-serve stick, add directly to water and quickly stir – there is no need to sift first or even whisk!   Matcha to Go Sticks are designed to make Matcha drinks as quickly and easily as possible.  By blending Matcha with dietary fiber, we have eliminated Matcha clumping, making it easier to mix into hot water Read More

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Organic Kukicha Green Tea from Aiya

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Aiya Tea Description: Nothing is wasted as the stems are thoroughly removed from organically grown Gyokuro and Sencha. Not only will you enjoy the sweet aroma and crisp flavor with refreshing aftertaste, you will also be drinking the most environmentally friendly tea. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Having previously tried and reviewed Aiya’s conventionally grown Kukicha – and loving that – I was pretty sure I’d like this Organic Kukicha Green Tea from Aiya as well.   I have enough confidence in this company to know that whatever I Read More

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Hojicha Green Tea from Aiya

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Aiya Tea Description: Known for its unique, strong, roasted flavor, Hojicha is made by roasting lower grade Sencha and Bancha. Although Hojicha is from the green tea family, the roasting process turns its leaves to an autumn brown. Hojicha has a very distinct, mild and nutty flavor. It also contains less caffeine and tannins, resulting in a less astringent flavor. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I love the toasty, cozy taste of this Hojicha Green Tea from Aiya.  The roasting of the Sencha and Bancha leaves creates such a Read More