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. In North America we have the coffee carts; in the sub continent and Sri Lanka you have the "wadis." Paint the following picture in your mind: the tea wadis cart has that "well-used" look (bashed, dented and used for several years), 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.
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Hot tea brewing method: As with all top quality teas, place 2-4 tea bags into the teapot (make the chai a bit stronger than you would normally make tea). Pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir, pour into your cup, add lots of milk, and sugar to taste. Alternatively brew the tea in hot milk, takes a bit more effort but it tastes great!
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold milk. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold milk. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Shipping Port: Colombo/Sri Lanka
Altitude: 5600 - 6400 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Good green tea character with strong Indian spice notes
Infusion: Green tea infusion - especially enticing with milk
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