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I just had a cup of Byron Chai, brewed from mix I brought back from Melbourne. As I've discovered, it's possible to brew quite passable chai without access to a direct heat source, using one of those Bodum coffee plungers, as long as you microwave the milk before adding it, and let the chai brew for a good five minutes.

It's good to have good (i.e., to my somewhat Australianised tastes) chai mix here. Never mind the slabs of VB that Australians here are notorious for buying at a premium, or even Tim Tams; Byron Chai would be the one food substance most worth importing from Australia to London. (There's also Black Adder licorice tea, though that's actually originally from New Zealand.)

Next up: buy a small stash of honey for sweetening it; sugar in chai is just not the same.

Current Music:
The Glove - Mouth To Mouth
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On June 3rd, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC), gths commented:
All the Indians use sugar in chai, don't they, though?
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On June 3rd, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Yes, and Britain probably has more authentic Indian chai, though that's not my reference point.
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On June 3rd, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC), bluestate commented:
OMG... Byron chai. Prepare to be burgled. Hide your stash. Don't leave it unguarded with me around.

I bought some chai tea from T2 to bring over with me, thinking it would be much the same. It was awful: just awful: this horrible clovey taste, very sharp. Almost undrinkable! Where can you get Byron chai from in Melbourne? The stuff I had was brought back by a guy I worked with, and we'd have it most days after lunch at work
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On June 3rd, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Organic Wholefoods on Smith St. They also have very nice organic mango tea ("Hedley's"). A friend of mine (Andy, of music fame) works there.
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On June 3rd, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
And yes, Byron is one of the best chai mixes I've had. Followed by AY Punjabi Chai and Tea Party chai. I heard that Hari Har Chai's not bad either, though I haven't gotten around to exploring the several different varieties it comes in.

Here, Whittard's sells a chai mix, which I tried once. I don't remember much about it, but I think it's better than the T2 (not that that's a huge achievement).
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