Often costumers wander into our Stafford roasting house (on the north side of Brisbane) unsure of what they want. What drives them there? Perhaps a mid-morning hunger pang, a social catch-up with a friend or maybe just the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans got their attention.
"What would you like?", we ask. To which they reply, "I don't know. I don't drink coffee!".
The Q Roasters team love these customers and we are only too happy to make suggestions. One of our favourites is chai tea.
Chai is said to have originated in India and dates back 5000 to 9000 years. Created as a healing Ayurvedic beverage there are countless variations of the recipe. Today, chai is available as a syrup, powder or dry leaf. At Q Roasters we use Origin Tea's 'wet' (or better known as sticky) chai tea that has a special combination of ingredients that has been deliciously coated in honey. It includes a calming mix of spices, goji berry, coconut and black tea from Sri Lanka, .
A major part of the enjoyment of chai is the ritual of allowing the hot water to work its magic and extract the subtle and abundant flavour profile.
Chai is best served as follows:
1. Add 20g/3tbsp of Origin Tea 'Wet' Chai blend to a jug
2. Add exactly 50ml hot water to the blend and steep for 30 seconds
Depending on the weather you can enjoy a hot chai or chai latte (heat milk/ soy to 68 degrees Celsius then add to the chai blend) or pour over ice and add chilled milk for a refreshing iced chai.
If you have any questions on how you can make chai at home, simply chat with one of our Q Roasters team members and they can take you through the process.