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In this section, we will learn how to prepare Chai Tea, Chai Java and Matcha Tea. These are very dynamic drinks that can be prepared hot, iced or blended. The steps in preparing the hot, iced and blended versions of the drinks will vary slightly so we will look at how to prepare each version of the drink.

 

Chai Tea vs Chai Java

 

Chai Tea is a sweet and spicy blend of black tea, honey, vanilla bean and spice. A chai tea is sometimes referred to as a chai latte because a chai tea is made using chai tea concentrate and a milk base. The milk added to the chai concentrate gives the drink a similar texture to a latte. A standard Chai tea contains no coffee, so referring to a chai tea as a chai latte can be a little bit confusing. When we add espresso to a chai tea, we call it a Chai Java. So a Chai Java is simply a chai tea with a shot of espresso. If a customer requests a chai latte, always be sure to ask if they would like that with a shot of espresso or as a plain chai tea. Note: a  Dirty Chai is also another term used to describe a chai tea with espresso.

 

Preparing a batch of Chai Tea

 

Chai tea can be prepared in one of two ways: using a pre mix, or by the drink. Most of our chai teas will be made using pre mix because it will speed up our preparation process. Our standard chai tea batch is made using 3/4 chai tea concentrate and 1/4 whole milk. This will be the standard for most of our Chai tea drinks. If the customer requests a different milk base other than whole milk, we will make the drink “by the drink” so we are using the milk base the customer selected.

Lets first focus on how to prepare a batch of our standard chai tea premix. Use the following steps to prepare a batch of the premix:

  1. Fill a pitcher 3/4 way full of Chai tea concentrate
  2. Fill the remainder of the pitcher with the milk base (again, the standard milk base is whole milk)
  3. Label the premix so we can identify it and write the expiration date for 3 days from when it was prepared.
  4. Place the premix in the fridge and it is ready to serve.

 

Chai Tea By The Drink

 

To prepare a chai this way, we will use our cup as our measuring device. We will simply fill the cup 3/4 way full of the chai tea concentrate, then the rest of the way full with the milk base (the milk base is whatever the customer selects: almond, soy, coconut, etc.).

 

Preparing a hot Chai Tea

 

  1. Fill your steaming pitcher with the appropriate amount of chai tea pre mix. If making it by the drink, use the appropriate amount of chai tea concentrate and selected milk base.
  2. Steam your milk the same way you would steam a latte.
  3. If making a Chai Java, add your shot of espresso into the bottom of your hot cup.
  4. Pour your steamed chai into the cup.
  5. Add any cinnamon, nutmeg, or whipped cream requested by the customer

 

Preparing an Iced Chai Tea

 

  1. Fill your cold cup 3/4 of the way full of ice or to the top ring on your cold cup.
  2. Fill your cup with the appropriate amount of Chai tea premix. if making it by the drink, use the appropriate amount of chai tea concentrate and the selected milk base.
  3. If making a Chai Java, pour your espresso shot over top of the premix and mix with your bar spoon.
  4. Add any cinnamon, nutmeg or whip cream if requested by the customer.

 

Preparing a blended Chai Tea (we call this a Chai Freeze)

 

  1. Use the selected size cup as your measuring device and fill your cup completely full of ice.
  2. Pour the ice into your blender pitcher.
  3. Fill your blender pitcher with the appropriate amount of chai tea pre mix. If making it by the drink, use the appropriate amount of chai tea concentrate and selected milk base.
  4. Add appropriate amount of Javaccino powder into the pitcher. Javaccino powder will make the drink have a thicker creamier texture.
  5. Place the blender pitcher on the blender and blend on level 3.
  6. Pour your blended chai into the cold cup and top with cinnamon, nutmeg, or whip cream if requested.

The key thing to take away from making a chai tea is that we will always use half of the chai tea concentrate and half of the milk base. The Chai premix will already have that ratio and can simply be poured into the drink to save time. When making a chai tea by the drink, always use half chai concentrate and half of the milk base.

 

Matcha Tea

Matcha Tea is a sweet green tea powder that is full of antioxidants and will give you a caffeine buzz. Matcha tea is typically prepared hot or blended. Both versions of the drink will use Matcha green tea powder and milk to create a creamy delicious texture. We can also add a shot of espresso to our matcha tea if the customer requests.

Let’s first start by looking at how to prepare the hot version of the drink.

  1. Add the selected milk base to the steaming pitcher and steam the milk as you would for a latte.
  2. While your milk is steaming, add your matcha tea powder to the hot cup.
  3. Add the shot of espresso to the hot cup if requested by the customer.
  4. Pour your steamed milk into the hot cup and stir with your bar spoon to dissolve the matcha powder.

 

Blended Matcha

 

  1. Use the selected size cup as your measuring device and fill your cup completely full of ice.
  2. Pour the ice into your blender pitcher.
  3. Add the appropriate amount of your milk base into the pitcher with the ice.
  4. Add your matcha powder into the pitcher.
  5. Add the shot of espresso to the pitcher if requested by the customer.
  6. Place the pitcher on the blender and blend on level 3.
  7. Pour the matcha into your cold cup and add whipped cream if requested.