This chai mix is custom-blended to reflect Sri Lankan flavours, as opposed to the Indian masala spices that we more-often associate with the spiced, comforting drink. The producers at the Amba Tea Estate omitted the cardamom and added additional pepper, along with cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, ginger and chilli and then blended it with their fragrant BOP – broken orange pekoe – black tea.
The Amba Tea Estate sits on the edge of a 1000-foot precipice, overlooking the stunning Ella Gap and Ravana-Ella Waterfalls. The Estate is one of very few artisanal tea estates in the country and is part of an artisanal collective, which focusses on sustainability, transparency, small-scale farming and community well-being. They provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to rural women, support forest-friendly farming practices, and use techniques that minimise waste, energy consumption, and resource use. Five percent of gross profits is shared with workers as a bonus.
This savoury-sweet chai is perfect prepared hot with milk and sugar, prepared as a normal black tea or even as an iced tea in summer!
location Ambadandegama, Bandarawela, Uva, Sri Lanka
boil 500ml of water with 10g chai blend, simmer for 5 minutes. Add 250ml of milk of your choice, reboil and simmer for 3 more minutes, add sugar to taste.