Hats off to the Golden State Warriors this season. It’s been an enduring 20 years since they’ve reached the NBA finals, and you can tell the Bay Area is prouder than ever. The city is a sea of blue and yellow and the team’s most popular player and point guard, Stephen Curry is probably getting more attention than the newest local, organic granola. :P The Academy of Sciences has even named a penguin after him! So we thought we might as well make a chai in honor of him and the success of the Warriors: introducing our Curry Chai!
Drinking tea, in all different cultures, is a social event. It's meant to be consumed sitting down, and some eastern cultures have created elaborate ceremonies to signify its importance in their culture.
Imagine if someone explained to you how to make your perfect cup of chai. That’s exactly what we did at the end of last month. We held our Artof Chai Workshop in a breezy, open room at the back of Stable Café.
We recently found this gem on the web.
UPDATE: In response to the feedback we received from our customers, we decided to drop the $5 minimum for credit card transactions. We want The Chai Cart to be a place where customers feel happy. We realized that the stress of having cash to get chai was going against the experience we strive to provide everyday.
It’s been an exciting 2 years since we opened up our first cart at 545 Market St. The support we got from our early customers confirmed my belief that SF really needed good chai! Since then I have opened up 2 other carts downtown, at 298 Market St and 480 California St. Nothing makes me happier than to see customers, like you, return on a regular basis to get chai. I hope the love, passion and pride with which we make our chai every day comes through in every cup.
When I first started The Chai Cart in 2010, I offered two simple flavors: ginger and cardamom. Ginger chai was an obvious choice, as I grew up drinking it. It was the first thing I ever learned to make in the kitchen from my mom. Cardamom, another very common spice used for chai, was another obivous flavor option.
If variety is the spice of life, then our Masala chai definitely gives it all its zest. Our signature Masala spice blend has an array of tastes, ranging from the floral, sweet and aromatic notes from cardamom to the licorice taste of the fennel and the spicy, woody tones from dried ginger and black peppercorns. Not only do these spices provide an abundance of flavor, they’re brimming with powerful antioxidants and various healing properties.
Here are a few facts I dug up on some of the spices we use in our Masala chai.