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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Chip » Mar 5th, '12, 01:53

iannon wrote: man..ive never had the higher levels of Yamashita..you must tell me how they go!


Nor I ... in fact, this is the first time I ordered a Yamashita gyo though someone gave me a sample. :mrgreen:

You can still get the sampler ... 37.50 USD seems like a pretty good deal.
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby sherubtse » May 17th, '12, 08:51

My first order from Maiko is on the way; received an e-mail this morning. Not a good start: they are sending it 3 days after I ordered (not 1 as I am used to), and seemingly have mangled my postal address.

Wonder what the tea will taste like?

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby sherubtse » May 24th, '12, 19:14

Order arrived today, right on schedule, one week after it was mailed. Canada Post seemingly had no troubled deciphering the topsy-turvey address. :)

A few small extras included, which was a nice surprise.

Will crack open the teas next week.

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surprized thanks

Postby Xenixenik » May 25th, '12, 13:54

I am very appreciated
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Re: surprized thanks

Postby Chip » May 25th, '12, 18:21

Xenixenik wrote:I am very appreciated

:roll: Actually, you depreciating quickly! Think penny stocks and junk bonds! :idea:
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby SilentChaos » May 28th, '12, 03:34

sherubtse wrote:A few small extras included, which was a nice surprise.


Was it matcha capsules, or did they change it? :D
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby sherubtse » May 28th, '12, 06:12

SilentChaos wrote:
sherubtse wrote:A few small extras included, which was a nice surprise.


Was it matcha capsules, or did they change it? :D


Yes, matcha capsules were included, along with a nice postcard and a small booklet on how to brew the diffrent types of tea they sell. (The postcard will make a nice bookmark.)

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby battra » Dec 11th, '12, 18:55

I ordered sencha from maiko.ne.jp a couple of times during 2008, but when they suddenly imposed a "foreigner tax" of 33% in 2009, I stopped buying from them, as I obviously would not get what I paid for.
The prices are still 33% higher on the English page than on the Japanese page. The reason for the difference in prices was, according to a mail they sent out in January 2009:
"In response to retailers that would like to sell our teas overseas we raised the prices of our products to allow for a reasonable profit margin."
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby edkrueger » Dec 11th, '12, 19:08

Interesting. They have mostly priced me out of their sencha market for a few years, not that I was overly impressed in the first place. Except for a shincha order, but their 2011 shincha "shincha" was awful. I still will place an occasional gyokuro order. I like the Yamashita quite a bit. I wonder why they think people will buy from them when there are other Uji vendors that have more consistent tea at Japanese market prices or have websites that were designed in this century.
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Chip » Dec 11th, '12, 19:23

I must have missed that email. I remember checking the Japanese site years ago and was surprised to see the same pricing on English pages ... though this is what I would like to see.

... hmm, perhaps they ware willing to sacrifice online sales in hopes of building an international retailer network.

In general it is not unusual for a manufacturer to have a same or higher price than you can buy at the retail level even though they could obviously sell for less. This provides incentive for retailers to carry their product and incentives for customers to look on the retail level.

Unfortunately, we generally do not shop on the retail level for many types of tea since the supply line is defective at best or nonexistant at worst.

This is my best guess.
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby Stentor » Dec 14th, '12, 06:34

FWIW, I've had no reason to complain about their prices and the respective quality you get. It is similar to other online vendors selling internationally.
Maiko has been one of my go to places for asamushi sencha.
Maruyama (this one is excellent, come on), Kamo (surprisingly good for the price) and their organic sencha (excellent) are staples for me.
They have a yearly sale (in March if I remember correctly) with some very good deals. That's when I buy from them.
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby sherubtse » Jan 31st, '13, 11:37

I see that Maiko has started their annual "Thank You" sale:

http://www.maiko.ne.jp/english/shopping/thanks.htm

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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby GARCH » Feb 2nd, '13, 13:02

Time to stock up on some sencha :D
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby NOESIS » Feb 2nd, '13, 16:57

sherubtse wrote:I see that Maiko has started their annual "Thank You" sale:

http://www.maiko.ne.jp/english/shopping/thanks.htm

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Thanks for the reminder! :D

I usually get 3 bags of Kyu no Tsuyu sencha and 2 tins of the Matsu no Midori matcha.
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Re: Maiko "Official" Japanese tea topic

Postby AdamMY » Feb 2nd, '13, 17:21

Definitely took advantage of that sale this morning. Gyokuro and Matcha are soon to be on their way to me!

Jirushi Yamashita Gyokuro, along with the 5 Gyokuro Sampler Pack, and to top it off Kotobuki Matcha.
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