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The Art of Chai Workshop

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"Chai is the epitome of Indian hospitality. Be it the handyman who comes to do a repair job at home or the most revered guest, it's offered to all. From roadside tea stands to luxury hotel lounges, or snazzy chai bars. It's available to all."The Experience of Indian Tea - Sarin & Kapoor

The Art of Chai by Chai Walli is an interactive workshop, exploring the origins of chai, its deep rooted Indian culture, Ayurveda and its complex flavours.

This engaging and informative 90-minute workshop is hosted by Australia's leading chai expert, Uppma Virdi.

Uppma is the founder and owner of Chai Walli, a Melbourne-based chai business specialising in hand-crafted, high-grade chai blends which are widely regarded as the most authentic chai on the market.

The Chai Walli range has been featured in numerous programs and publications, including SBS, The Age, Porsche, Urban List, The Times of India and the Australasian Speciality Tea Association. Chai Walli's blends are natural, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, Ayurvedic and come with a delicious caffeine free option. Uppma also sources the teas used in the Chai Walli range directly from a small batch organic tea farm in the Assam Valley of northern India.

Furthermore, Uppma uses the same traditional Indian practices and ancient recipes her Grandfather, a doctor specialising in spices (an Ayurvedic doctor), handed down to her.

Uppma notes her Grandfather taught her everything he knew about spices and in particular, how to balance them to create the most perfectly balanced chai blends which offer a unique flavour profile and have remedial benefits on the body, mind and soul.

In this workshop, Uppma will impart her specialist knowledge and equip you with the right skills to understand chai. During the course of the workshop, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the journey and culture of chai

  • Learn to identify the key steps to create a chai blend

  • Have the opportunity to taste different chai blends and explore how the brewing method is a vital part of the chai process

  • Be fully equipped to brew chai at home using traditional Indian methods

    This workshop is open to all who wish to achieve a deeper understanding of chai and learn the key skills of making chai within their own home.

    The workshop will be held in a relaxed and social atmosphere and Uppma will provide you with learning resources and chai blends to take home.

    Come and discover the art of chai with Uppma on Wednesday 12th of October, 2016 at Rose St Pantry, 48 Rose Street, Fitzroy. The all-inclusive cost is $63 per person will also include take home bags of the signature Chai Walli range, learning resources, recipes and unlimited chai tasting. To secure your place, please visit EventBrite.

    As a special bonus, all attendees will receive 10% off all products at Rose St Pantry on the night.

    For more information on this upcoming workshop and the Chai Walli range (which can be purchased online), please visit

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    When: 12 October 2016, 7pm - 8:30pm
    Where: Rose St Pantry, 48 Rose Street, Fitzroy
    Cost: $63 pp
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