T2 tea “Chai, Chai, Chai” event – Parramatta T2
Received an email from T2 earlier this week, for a chai demonstration event. Perks of being a T2 Secret Society member (High tea level members get to attend too). All you tea lovers out there need to start racking up points with T2, these events are soooo worth it.
The event is free, and each time you attend, there’s so much to learn! Anyway, so I jumped right in, and signed my friend and myself up. I’m not that big a fan of Chai, but my friend totally is. What does “chai” mean? Chai simply means tea. So when you say “chai tea” you are essentially saying “tea tea”. Welcome to the 2014 Chai project at T2!
It was a wonderful event! The turn out was pretty huge. It started at 2pm, I ended up arriving late (damn Parramatta Road). Opps… There’s Indian sweets served at the event. It’s quite yummy! And so pretty. T2 sure did go all out for the events. The deco, plates everything.
The demos we had were the Fireside Chai. The recipe calls for:
4 scoops of Organic Chai
3 scoops of Red (rooibos tea)
2 scoops of Russian Caravan
1 scoop of Madagascan Vanilla
Dash of honey (to taste)
The other recipe demonstration: Persian Chai, also a 4-3-2-1 style recipe:
All the different teas and ingredients can be purchased from T2 in individual boxes. There are also a few premixed chai too. Or if you prefer, you can also pick up a Chai kit.
To brew the perfect chai, you will start with putting the teas and spices into a mortar.
Pound it with a pestle. You just need to pound it enough so it releases the flavours, but not turn it into powder. A tip given at the class was that, if you do not own a mortar and pestle at home, do not fear! Just press on them with a back of a spoon on a chopping board. You just need to release the flavours. .
Pour it into a clear glass to get a look at it all, the tea, spices, colour… Just appreciate the entire thing. Being able to appreciate the little things in life brings a lot of joy in the things we do. .
Now strain it into a chai pot. This pot is stovetop safe (fire is okay, induction is not), so you can reheat your chai if you like, or heat up milk in it. Frankie here demonstrates “tea pulling”. This aerates the tea, cooling it down a little and making it all frothy and delicious. .
Here with have Cheryl rimming our tasting cups with orange slices. It gives the chai an extra flavour. You can try this at home with your chai too. It’s almost like a little mocktail party happening here in T2. .
I believe the event was a huge success! The turn out was great, we all appreciated the tea demonstrations, tea, snacks and (shhhh) 10% off for today. There was even henna tattoo for the guests. We got ours done. Glitter and all. .
You can purchase teas + tea accessories and more from your closest T2tea outlet or from the T2Tea website. They do ship overseas as well.