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Blog posts tagged 'Kobe Beef':


Spotlight on Kagoshima

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 12,236 times • 1 min read

Kagoshima, Japan (鹿児島) is located in the far south of Japan in Kyushu (九州). It's a beautiful area with a storied agricultural heritage; and it's collectively responsible for around 20% of Japan's Kuroge Washu cattle, the Wagyu breed that produces Japanese A5 Wagyu. Kagoshima's year-round temperate climate and ecology are well-suited to raising healthy cattle with low stress levels, a necessary component of achieving A5 quality. This...

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Japanese Cattle Breeds

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 41,003 times • 1 min read

Japan produces some of the most outrageously marbled, incredibly decadent beef on the planet. And because of that, there are a lot of people outside of Japan who use the words "Wagyu" or "Kobe" or "American Kobe" to capitalize on that reputation in an attempt to charge higher prices. We're going to break it down for you in this post. In Japan, the word “Wagyu” (和牛) means “Japanese Cow.” There are four breeds under the Wagyu umbrella: ...

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How does beef achieve "A5" status?

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 274,301 times • 2 min read

"Out-of-this-world-good." That, plus a whole lot of incoherent salivating, is how we would describe the exquisitely marbled beef for which Japan is legendary. When it's at its absolute best, they call it "A5." The quality of the beef is almost ludicrous--across the whole planet, there is nothing better. A5 Tenderloin from Kagoshima, on Crowd Cow But... what does A5 mean exactly? Let's break it down. The rating system is...

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The Ultimate Guide to Wagyu

August 10th, 2016 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 37,144 times • 9 min read

What's Wagyu? Wagyu is, quite simply, the most sought after beef in the world -- and the subject of much confusion, thanks to the frequent misuse of the term "Kobe beef" in this country. We set out to discover the truth about Wagyu. This article is the result of research conducted from Japanese language original sources and first-hand interviews with experts including one of the original people responsible for bringing Wagyu to the United...

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