How to Prepare a Chai Latte

“Chai Latte”, that trendy name we have heard a lot of times lately. For those who don’t know what it is, or don’t know how to prepare one, fear not as we’re here to help. At Chai Me we’ve made things easier for you to enjoy a Chai Latte almost straight away. This is because we have created our product for everyone to enjoy, not just baristas.

A Chai Walla performing a straining process

If you already have our Chai Syrup, just pour 15 ml (about 2 tablespoons) into an empty cup, fill up to the top with hot milk (it works  fine as well with cold milk, and it’s a refreshing drink during summer), stir for about 30 seconds and ENJOY!!

If you prefer Chai Powder, use 2 teaspoons to make a chai latte. Make sure the milk is warm at least, so the powder will dissolve much better! You will find some spices floating on top, that’s ok, we love that part as it shows how natural and real the product is. If you want to give it a bit more of consistency, heat the milk up together with the Chai Powder inside and the trick is done!!

A beautifully created Chai Latte

A beautifully created Chai Latte

Too easy? Create one from scratch!

If you think that was too easy, and you have plenty of time to spend, you can follow the steps to create a Chai Latte from scratch:

  1. Combine the spices. Combine the peppercorns, smashed cardamom pods, cloves, ginger, vanilla bean and seeds and cinnamon stick together in a bowl.
  2. Add water and bring to the boil. Combine the spices and water in a small saucepan. Bring the saucepan to the boil, then cover and simmer for five minutes.
  3. Add the tea. Add the loose leaf black tea to the saucepan, and continue to simmer for another five minutes. If you do not have loose leaf black tea, it is possible to use a tea bag instead.
  4. Heat the milk. While the tea is simmering, heat the milk using a stand-alone milk steamer or the steam wand of an espresso machine.
    • Steaming milk is a delicate process. If you’re using a steam wand, hold the nozzle just a fraction below the surface of the milk for about five seconds in order to stretch the milk. Then you should submerge the nozzle a fraction further in order to spin the milk in a whirlpool motion.
    • Continue steaming until the temperature of the milk reaches 140 degrees fahrenheit (60 celcius), or the jug becomes too hot to hold. Consider investing in a steaming thermometer in order to get the temperature just right.
    • If you do not have a milk steamer, you can warm the milk using a microwave or by heating it on the stove.
    • Be careful not to burn the milk, as it will affect the taste of the tea.
     
  5. Strain the tea. Strain the tea mixture into a mug using a fine mesh strainer. Fill the cup half or two thirds of the way to the top.
  6. Add the milk. Add the heated or foamed milk to the tea, filling the cup to the top. Add sugar or honey, to taste.
chai spices

Bags of traditional Masala Chai spices.

Try some variations. There are a number of things you can try to vary your chai latte, according to taste:

  • Soy chai latte: Try making your chai latte with soy milk – for health reasons, or simply for added flavor.
  • Apple chai latte: Try making chai with steamed apple juice, as a delicious alternative to a hot apple cider.
  • Dessert chai latte: To make a delicious dessert chai latte, simply top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of grated nutmeg