• Reviews

    Tea People Desi Masala Chai

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of visible spices Ingredients: Assam black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very dark brown I love a punchy chai but sometimes it good to have one that I can drink straight, without the rigmarole of stove-top preparation. That’s exactly what this selection from +Tea People was. Cardamom definitely dominated the flavor profile. I believe that this is because the pods were cracked rather than whole as I’ve normally seen. The base black tea was a bold, malty Assam with just the right amount of astringency. It certainly could take…


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    Podcast Episode 12: How to Make a Stovetop Chai Latte

    I’m determined to stay on top of the podcast in 2015 so I’m publishing January’s episode just in the nick of time. A few of you have asked me about how to make a chai latte. In my newest podcast episode, I show a method that I’ve been using for years. It’s relatively foolproof so don’t like the stovetop part scare you! In case you’d like to get your hands on the chai that I used in the video, check out my review of Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai. Don’t forget to subscribe in iTunes! I’d love it if you could take the time to leave a review of the podcast there 🙂

  • Reviews

    The Tea Spot Mile High Chai

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices Ingredients: black tea, ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, peppercorns, cloves, natural chai flavoring Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: dark brown Somehow the word chai became synonymous with spiced tea here in the U.S. even though the word is actually Hindi for tea. Therefore when you are in line at Starbucks and order a chai tea, you’re really asking for tea tea. The correct term would really be masala chai, which indicates the typical spices used in this type of blend. This rendition from The Tea Spot was a fairly typical, plenty…

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    Taking Tea In Style Spiced Coconut Chai

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of visible spices Ingredients: black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, coconut, ginger root, black pepper Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown Nothing beats a good basic chai but the coconut in this blend adds an interesting twist. The base black tea was earthy and full bodied with plenty of astringency. I thought that the spices were well balanced and the black pepper provided a nice bit of kick. Although it could stand up to milk and sweeteners, they really aren’t necessary. I do not use either one unless I am boiling the…

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    Do You Tea? Darjeeling Chai

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cloves, and vanilla Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: deep reddish brown I just love finding local tea blenders. Do You Tea? is based a few cities away from me in Hoboken and I was excited to see their table at the Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair. If you are in the area, they always have the most unique gifts and crafts. This one grabbed my attention because it seemed to be the only one that my boyfriend Jason was interested in. It also combines…

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    The Persimmon Tree Thai Chai

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices and lemongrass Ingredients: Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Dried Coconut, Lemon Grass, Cardamon Pods, Natural Coconut Flavor Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: reddish brown This isn’t quite your traditional chai because it has the somewhat tropical flavors of lemongrass and coconut. Spicy yet sweet, it was much more smooth and mellow than I was expecting. The base tea was earthy but not overly robust. Cinnamon seemed to stand out the most among the spices but the ginger did add a pleasant zing to the finish. The ingredients all came together quite…