Despite the booming chai craze in Melbourne, many devotees don’t realise that the beverage is inspired by Indian masala chai, which is quite different to the sweet version served up in lattes. Melbourne based Gauri and Apoorv have introduced traditional chai to Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market where visitors can get a real taste of India at Original Chai Co.
The couple’s love for chai recently bagged them a prestigious award at this year's Australian International Tea Expo in October 2015 where the morning blend was named “Best Chai”.
The Original Chai Co. range includes morning masala chai and an afternoon masala chai that are both naturally low in caffeine, gluten free, contain no hidden sugars, just masala goodness.
In keeping with the authenticity of the family recipe, the range comes in bold assam tea and masala blend separately, so drinkers can combine their desired amount of spice, and make the drink to their own tastes.
We adored the morning masala chai which comes with stronger aromas to wake the body up and is inspired by Gauri’s family who come from Haridwar, a colder climate in India where a warm and strong chai is the only way to start the day.
The afternoon masala chai is perfect to wind down with its slightly milder flavour which calms the body down and is inspired by Apoorv’s family who come from a warmer climate in India, Indore.
What: Original Chai Co
Where: I Shed, Queen Victoria Market
When: Saturdays and Sunday 9am-3pm