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Contest # 2 Caffeine Free Chai July 13, 2008

Its hot this summer everywhere you go…especially in Northern India. In honor of India and its dynamic production of botanicals and unique spices our challenge this month is to see who can create the best of the best caffeine free chai blend.

We will of course be trying this hot and iced to keep in a seasonal theme. Hot tea is consumed in India even in the middle of the day to cool the system and create internal balance. Chai literally translates as tea, so the options are pretty limitless. However, most traditional chai blends contain a mixture of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a base. Here is a sample of a caffeine free chai for your reference. If you are a seasoned chai blender than please share your experience so others may grow. And if this is your first crack at it…give it a shot. Send a pic if you must.

Remember to please be as descriptive as possible especially if you would like us to prepare it a specific way. Ie: Hot, Iced, Shaken…with milk…ingredients and proportions, etc. Have fun!

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2 Responses to “Contest # 2 Caffeine Free Chai”

  1. food52012 Says:

    NOTE: You do not need to make this much chai mix. The directions are for one cup of chai.

    Ingredients:

    For Chai Mix
    ———
    9 oz Rooibos
    7 oz Honeybush
    2 oz Cardamom
    2 oz Cinnamon
    2 oz Ginger
    1/2 oz Cloves
    ¼ oz Organic Mint

    For liquid
    ———-
    2/3 Cup Water
    1/2 cup Whole Milk

    Directions

    1) Mix all of the dry ingredients throughly and set aside.
    2) Bring water and milk to a boil in a medeum sized teapot.
    3) Add 1 tablespoon on the chai mix to the liquid and let brew for at least 5 minutes.
    4) Serve hot and enjoy!

  2. tealove Says:

    Hi Steve – I finally made it to the blending blog. I took your blending class in Vegas. I was the one who hated chai but then realized what I hated about it was the chai flavoring that some put in their blends. Quite enlightening. I talked about it a bit on our new blog: TeaLove.wordpress.com. – Elise (Pearl Fine Teas)


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