Green Chai (Organic)
Ingredients From: Various Countries
Grade(s): [Tea – Sencha Pekoe]
Growing Altitudes: 250 – 2550m above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Tea : Steamed & Baked, Sundried, Machine Milled, Coarse Cut
Cup Characteristics: Superb green tea blended with fresh spices for real green tea chai! Delicious, especially with milk and sugar.
Infusion: Green tea infusion.
Ingredients: Green tea, Aniseed, Caraway, Liquorice, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamon, Peppercorn, Cloves
Description: Chai is so prevalent in India and Sri Lanka that it could be called the ‘National drink’. It is very common to see the ‘tea wadis’ serving their chai to the walk-by street traffic. Paint the following picture in your mind: the tea wadis cart has that ‘well used’ look (read – bashed, dented), quite often with a charcoal fire going keeping the water boiling so steam and smoke are rising, an old evaporated milk can full of sugar, another bashed and dented can with the masala chai spices, an eclectic collection of semi -clean mugs and glasses and a wizened chai expert deftly pouring back and forth from great heights, tea with spices and milk, combining the two ingredients.
Once combined it is normal to add a fantastic amount of sugar for that real chai experience. Chai is brewed with milk and a mixture of spices. Each recipe can be different depending upon the spices used. Indian spiced chai is often referred to as Masala Chai.
The word ‘chai’ literally means tea (different languages use various forms of this word – for example Portuguese call it ‘cha’, Hindus call it chai, and in Chinese the sound of the symbol for tea sounds very much like cha.) and ‘masala’ is the word for the mixture of the various spices – hence Masala Chai.
Numerous medical journals laud the health benefits of green tea. Top quality high grown green teas – the type of base tea in
this chai (and for that matter – black tea as well) contain a significant number of polyphenols which are antioxidants, elements
known to inhibit various types of cancers. Additionally recent research is also seeing a positive correlation between the
consumption of tea and the lower incidence of heart disease. Another added benefit of chai is that the chai is prepared with
milk – a good source calcium and other essential nutrients. Green Tea Chai – the drink of health!
Important: Turn your bag of Chai upside down a few times. The powdered spices can settle at the bottom of the bag during
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes (for true ‘chayee chayee’ steep at least 7 minutes).
While the tea is brewing prepare your cup to receive the chai – put 2 teaspoons of sugar in the cup and add milk (about 20%) of the cup’s volume. When the chai is ready – pour into your cup.
Iced tea brewing method (to make 1 litre): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 1¼cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 7 minutes.
Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice, milk and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice
and diluted with cold water.
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 7 minutes. Add hot tea to a 375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving.
Add milk and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted.
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