Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?


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Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby shinobicha » Apr 25th, '12, 15:27

Now, this company seems to carry some pretty rare green teas, as well as from artisans who (apparently) make gyokuro for the imperial family.

Nonetheless: http://www.gokotea.com/All-the-small-batch-artisan-Japanese-green-teas-we-offer-s/39.htm

It appears they are selling 20g of Genmaicha with Matcha for $45. Even if it's packaged in gold, doesn't that seem a little crazy?
All of the prices for the teas on that link are for 20g. The matcha offerings (at 20g), don't seem quite as extreme, but nonetheless...

Any thoughts, comments?
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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby SilentChaos » Apr 25th, '12, 15:45

.... :shock: ....are they selling tea or are they selling box? ...
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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby Chip » Apr 25th, '12, 17:41

... pass ... :lol:

IMHO, there is no genmai on the planet worth that much.
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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby AdamMY » Apr 25th, '12, 17:47

One thing I noticed, that is likely adding 20 or more dollars to the price is, the couple of teas I checked all have the following quote:

Like all our exclusive Japanese green teas, it is packaged in an oxygen-free sealed pouch, enclosed in a stainless metal canister ideal for shelf storage, presented in a beautiful natural finish KIRI wood box bound with a multicolor cotton SANADAHIMO tied in the traditional YOHOKAKE way.



Where I do not know about the quality of the Tin, but only some of my best quality teaware has come in a Kiri wood box with a Sanadahimo.
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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby Teacup1980 » Apr 25th, '12, 18:19

Chip wrote:... pass ... :lol:

IMHO, there is no genmai on the planet worth that much.


I totally agree :lol: :lol:
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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby shinobicha » Apr 25th, '12, 19:16

Chip wrote:... pass ... :lol:

IMHO, there is no genmai on the planet worth that much.



Well Chip, if that's not good enough for you, how about 20g of Sencha for $90?
http://www.gokotea.com/YAME-Award-Winning-Aritisan-Ultimate-SENCHA-p/g3k402.htm

And hurry, there are only 200g available!

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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby Chip » Apr 25th, '12, 20:35

8) I wonder if they offer free samples! :twisted:
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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby mbanu » Apr 25th, '12, 20:45

You may laugh, but this sort of thing can be a real problem... a person who isn't very sophisticated about teas but wants to buy "the best" can easily get suckered by this sort of thing. :)
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Re: Woah! $45 for Genmaicha?

Postby Kevangogh » Apr 25th, '12, 21:49

It's also a case of trying to import, store, and sell from outside of Japan with the exchange at 80 yen to the dollar.
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