Branded Beef

Kobe, Wagyu, Akaushi… All of these buzzwords have a meaning, but it is a little different than their associated hype. 

Both Kobe beef and wagyu beef are supposed to be fantastically expensive, and there are more than a few rumors about how they get to be the ‘best quality beef,’ including that those cows are fed only beer, get daily deep-tissue massages, and so on. 

Let’s start with wagyu beef. 

‘Wagyu’ is a word that simply means ‘Japanese cow.’ It is not a breed of cow, or even a cross-breed. It is an umbrella term that refers to four breeds.

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