Chai is one of my favourite drinks in the cooler months. A good cup of chai is like a warm hug for your insides when everything outside is cold and gloomy.
In this week’s call out for Canberra’s best chai, there was only one place on everyone’s lips – Real Chai. This local Canberra company is incredibly popular among RiotACT readers, gaining the most votes by far. Votes came in for other cafes around town too, but there was no clear second contender with everywhere else getting only one vote apiece. It was up to me to choose who would be going up against Real Chai for this week’s Taste Off and in light of past experiences, I decided to go with A Bite to Eat in Chifley.
First up was Real Chai, a local Canberra company that specialises in chai tea. Available at the Capital Region Farmers Market on Saturdays at EPIC, Real Chai is also served at a variety of cafes around town. At the recommendation of one RiotACT reader, I tried this chai in latte form at the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) and quickly realised what all the fuss was about.
Real Chai is just the right mix of spicy and sweet, and the barista at CMAG brewed it beautifully. He added in a little honey and let the tea brew for the perfect amount of time before straining it and adding the heated milk. I am definitely on the Real Chai bandwagon and am already planning a trip to the markets to get myself some of their Barista Blend to make my own at home.
Next I sampled the chai at A Bite To Eat, a cute little cafe at the Chifley shops. They make their own chai mix and serve it up in a teapot infused with your choice of milk. I’ve always been a big fan of the chai at A Bite To Eat. It is deliciously warming and pretty good value for money – you always get at least two cups of tea from the one pot. A little bit spicy and a little bit sweet, the chai at A Bite to Eat also has no need for added honey.
Another tough decision for this week’s Taste Off. Both Real Chai and A Bite to Eat delivered a quality chai latte that successfully warmed me up from head to toe. They both rated high on the cosy factor, but there was one stand out when it came to the spice. I like my chai nice and spicy and, in my opinion, Real Chai really hit the mark on that front. This week I am awarding Canberra’s best chai to Real Chai. Now please excuse me while I go and buy some to make at home.