Chai - Chai Mix Loose Herbal Tea Blend
Item# chaimixlooseherbalteablend
$5.99
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Chai Mix Loose Herbal Tea Blend

also called Chopped Chai, it is caffeine free because it does not have any tea!

CUP CHARACTERISTICS: South Indian spice garden abound with a deliciously light, peppery finish. Only premium January grown spices make the grade for this mix.

INGREDIENTS: Cardamom, Ginger, Black + White pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg.

INGREDIENTS FROM: India

REGION(S): Kerala

GROWING ALTITUDES: under 1000 feet above sea level

GRADE(S): 1st Grade, Hand Sorted, Fine Cut

MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): Traditional process, Small batch crafted, Air and sun dried

ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: Low

CAFFEINE LEVEL: None - Caffeine Free Herb

KOSHER: Yes

VEGETARIAN: Yes

VEGAN: Yes

ARTISANAL NOTES: Small batch blended and packed in Canada.

INFUSION: Fine, even brownish

INFORMATION:
In some parts of India it is said that even if one were to live to be 1000 years old, it would be possible to sample a different chai every day of one's life. Among India's more than 1 billion people, although an exact recipe count is impossible, there are literally hundreds of thousands of chai variations from province to province, city to city, town to town, village to village and family to family. In our nearly 30 years of doing business on the sub-continent, we've had the pleasure of sampling hundreds of them. We've had chai prepared by priests in villages that were accessible only by Cessna, chai prepared outside train stations boiled up in old tin cans, chai prepared in gold plated decanters at Planter's Clubs in the foothills of the Himalayas, chai that has blown our heads off with its almost over-stimulating blend of spice and pepper and Chai prepared from the back of a horse drawn cart that perfectly complimented the pale light of dusk in the Calcutta market. Seriously, we could write a book about all the Chais we've loved before.

Now, even with all the variations in Chai available in India, most recipes share some constants: ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cloves and black pepper. (The standard savory mix we are offering here.) What is added on top of the standard mix is where it gets interesting. Chai-wallahs, (sellers), might add saffron, vanilla pods, pieces of dried fruit, chili peppers, crushed nuts and just about anything else they can lay their hands on to personalize their product. As you can well imagine, Chai selling is a very creative enterprise.

Our hope in offering this ground Chai mix is that we'll get your creative juices flowing. Use it to develop some spicy blends of your own. For a start, try adding the mix to black teas, green teas or Rooibos. Or shake things up and blend it into one of our premium-flavored teas like vanilla, peach or orange. With chai, the possibilities are endless. Let us know what you come up with - we're always looking for another cup to add to our collection.

STEEPING TIME
TEA CUP 8oz (237ml)
AMOUNT 1 heaping teaspoon of "The Perfect Measure Spoon"
MILD 3-5 min
MEDIUM 4-5 min
STRONG 6-7 min
We recommend 3-5 min

TEA POT 18oz (532ml)
AMOUNT 2 heaping teaspoons of "The Perfect Measure Spoon"
MILD 3-5 min
MEDIUM 4-5 min
STRONG 6-7 min
We recommend 3-5 min

SERVING RECOMMENDATIONS:
MILK NO, SUGAR NO, LEMON NO, MINT NO

IDEAL BREWING TEMPERATURE: 100C/212F

HOT BREWING METHOD:
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).

ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Pitcher): (To Make 1 Liter/Quart):
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1 cups/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. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)

ICED TEA BREWING METHOD (Individual Serving):
Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 7 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional 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. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)

FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY: We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea. Today's water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.

RECOMMENDATION: We recommend the use of our '1 Cup of Perfect Tea' measuring spoon for best results. Please contact us to place an order.

ANTIOXIDANT BENEFIT: For a greater antioxidant benefit brew longer and use more tea.