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Blog posts tagged 'A5 Wagyu':


Japan Holds a “Best Beef Olympics” Every Five Years - Guess who won this year?

November 7th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 32,917 times • 1 min read

It's the Olympic Games you've never heard of. Since 1966, Japan's beef industry has held a nationwide competition every five years to crown the best beef in the country. It's called Zenkoku Wagyu Noryku Kyoshin-kai (全国和牛能力共進会) but it's known also as "The Wagyu Olympics." There are 11 prize categories, one of the more interesting of which measures the quality of the fats (looking for things like the health-promoting and umami-generating oleic...

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Top Japanese Chef Reveals How to Cook A5 Kobe Beef

November 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 109,641 times • 1 min read

Recently I had the privilege of spending time with one of Japan's top Kobe Beef chefs, Mitsuo Yamamoto of Steak Sakura (2-11-14 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku Namba Daiichi Bldg. 1F, Osaka) to learn how to properly grill Kobe Beef and other A5 Wagyu (as you probably know by now, there are many types of A5 Wagyu, and Kobe is only one of them). I flew into Osaka, and Chef Yamamoto opened his restaurant early so we could cook. We walked together into...

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11/20/17: Our A5 Wagyu Holiday Sale

August 21st, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 31,911 times • less than one min read

Back in July we became one of the first companies to directly source A5 wagyu beef from Japanese producers (not source it through an importer) and make it available for sale to the general public. Our customers love what we do for independent ranches all over the US, and they wanted us to give the same level of transparency and direct connection, but for the legendary, insanely marbled, legendary A5 Wagyu from Japan. So we decided to get...

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Wagyu Haikus! Winner & Runners-Up

July 19th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 4,788 times • less than one min read

Congrats to Scott Evans! He's the winner of our A5 Wagyu Messermeister haiku contest, and he'll be receiving a Japanese chef’s knife from Messermeister. Scott's haiku really spoke to us. When we wrote all our favorites down on a whiteboard and tallied up the votes, his was the clear victor. Scott Evans' winning haiku Moving stuff, Scott. And check out the runner-up haikus, too. They were just too great not to share. Runner-up,...

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Press Release: Crowd Cow Brings Legendary Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef to Doorsteps

July 12th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 3,406 times • 2 min read

Seattle, WA – July 12, 2017 – Japanese A5 Wagyu beef imported directly from Mirai Farm in the Kagoshima prefecture of Japan is now available from food tech startup Crowd Cow (www.crowdcow.com). Available on a first come, first serve basis, beef lovers can buy specific portions of a Japanese A5 Wagyu cow, claim their favorite cuts, and become a “steak-holder” to enjoy the rarest and most exclusive beef in the world, legendary for it’s...

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Myths & Facts: Japanese and American Wagyu

July 11th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 131,325 times • 4 min read

We've been writing extensively about A5 Wagyu to give you some background on the Japanese beef and its well-earned reputation for rich marbling. One thing that’s become increasingly evident in the course of our research and travels to Japan is the fact that there’s a scary amount of myths out there about A5 Wagyu from Japan. So we thought we’d do some mythbusting. Myth: Wagyu is banned in the U.S. Fact: It's true that Wagyu DNA and...

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Our Journey to the Inside of The Japanese Beef World

July 10th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 41,304 times • 4 min read

Crowd Cow broke into the innermost chambers of the Japanese beef world to become America's first-ever direct sourcer-seller of A5 Wagyu from Japan. Here's the story of how we did it. There are not a lot of people out there who have tried Japanese A5 Wagyu. But if someone you know has tried it, you've probably heard about it, in the form of happy ranting and raving. And as you can probably tell from the photo below, this is not the steak most...

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Japanese Wagyu Infographic

July 8th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 23,142 times • less than one min read

How much do you know about Japanese Wagyu? Crowd Cow's infographic breaks it down for you.

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A5 Wagyu at a Department Store in Japan

July 8th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 12,615 times • less than one min read

We visited a department store in Tokyo to see what we could learn about Japan's luxury beef brands and its legendary A5 Wagyu. They had Kuroge Washu A5 Wagyu for sale for $195 to $240 per pound. Here is a screenshot of Wagyu for sale on Amazon Japan for $215 per pound. Enjoy the video!

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Japan's 100% Traceability

July 7th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 12,124 times • 2 min read

Japanese consumers enjoy a level of traceability that's almost unrivaled across the world. Any piece of beef in a Japanese retail store can be traced backward through the course of its product chain all the way back to the producer, and then even beyond -- to the individual animal on the farm. The way it works is this: You walk into any given store in Japan. You pick up a package of beef, spot the clearly-marked tracking number. You enter it...

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