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    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 🙂

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    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…