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Dec 11, 2017

Good Sparkling Apple Cider in Japan?

This year I have a hankering for a good sparkling apple cider, like Martinelli's, which I usually had around the holidays with my family stateside. I've seen their apple juice at Kaldi Coffee Farm, and it might be sold at Costco, but is there something similar from Japan? I keep seeing grape or melon champagne style sodas for kids to drink around the new year or Christmas, but not apple. Any suggestions / brand names of locally made sparkling apple cider are appreciated!

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  • I haven't found Martinelli's, but Kaldi's Coffee shop sometimes sells Sparkling Apple cider. The brand I got was Purpom and the label is in English and French. I know finding cider can be a struggle sometimes it's one of my favorites. I'm in Kitakyushu not sure which area you're in.

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  • genkidesu

    on Dec 13

    I'm in the same boat - I love that stuff and we used to be able to get it on the US military base, but now that we're here without my husband being military anymore we don't have access to all that stuff. Hopefully someone has suggestions...I remember trying apple cider in Aomori but it was alcoholic, not like the sparkling apple Martinellis!

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  • helloalissa

    on Dec 18

    I haven't been to a Kaldi yet, but will look for the Purpom, thanks Wanderingteacher! I did find this Minute Maid Sparkling Apple Juice, which is okay, but not the same. And I've only seen it in the vending machine in a can so far.

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  • genkidesu

    on Dec 19

    Back to add this: https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00E5DSNMK/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i1?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00E5DSNMK&pd_rd_r=27ac3663-e49f-11e7-a4ba-5582de306681&pd_rd_w=HhbMq&pd_rd_wg=EMBS8&pf_rd_m=AN1VRQENFRJN5&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=F2T5FNZ3VG7EG2Y4PY1W&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=d4802771-73ad-49b1-a154-90aaec384d3e&pf_rd_i=desktop They've got it on Amazon Japan!!

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  • helloalissa

    on Dec 28

    My students told me about Appletiser from South Africa, and it was good! (750 ml was around 300 yen.) I still haven't seen any locally made sparkling apple 'cider' or been to Kaldi. I wouldn't mind finding the super fresh unpasteurized apple juice either. I'm guessing they've got it in Aomori prefecture!

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  • Jackson

    on Jan 4

    From the many liquor stores I've visited, Liquor Mountain seems to have the best selection I can find. Seek one out if you have one near by!

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  • helloalissa

    on Jan 15

    I guess Kaldi's doesn't have sparkling apple juice right now. Maybe I missed the season but will check for fresh (non pasteurized) apple juice or sparkling apple juice from locally grown apples next fall. I also don't live in a region where apples are grown, so maybe that's part of the problem.

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