Well, it was.
I dare say it might forever be.
When I was 16 I started working at the local Second Cup and I worked there for a few years, until I had to move on and get a “grown up job” at a bank. Grumble.
I loved everything about the coffee shop. The clientele, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly ground coffee beans, the romantic atmosphere…
It. Was. Perfection.
In high school I had a friend named Colette who shared my love for coffee shops…We even had a business plan for starting our own shop! She would sip on a big mug of joe, I a cozy cup of chai and we would dream big.
In fact, for years I’ve told Jeff that I want to work at a coffee shop, just a few nights or mornings on the weekend, just to quench that seemingly unquenchable desire
Of course I’d love to own my own shop, serving up my homemade treats made with natural and healthful ingredients, filling the air waves with James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Joni Mitchell and whoever else warms my cockles at any given moment.
And lets not leave out homemade syrups and concentrates made with natural ingredients.
And the star of my shop would be my homemade chai concentrate.
…Though once you realize just how easy it is to have chai at your fingertips, the ability to whip up a cozy chai latte on a cold November night or an ice cold iced chai latte on a hot and humid August day…I just might lose customers
Everybody enjoys their chai differently. Some like it sweet, others, not so much. This concentrate is a perfect balance of spicy and sweet but it definitely IS sweet. I like a 3:1 ratio of almond milk to chai concentrate.
Enjoy and savour every single sip.
|Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate|
- 1/3 cup loose chai tea (I LOVE David’s Tea Coco Chai Rooibos because it’s caffeine free!)
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup honey
- Place the loose tea either in a few tea balls, a large tea infuser or in 4 filter bags (I use David’s Tea filter bags!)
- Bring water to a rolling boil.
- Put tea bags, infuser, tea ball, etc into the boiling water and turn the stove down to low. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
- Stir in honey and let cool.
- Once cool store in a jar or other desired container and put it in the fridge!