HOW TO MAKE A CHAI LATTE WITH COFFEE MACHINE MILK FROTHER
HOW TO MAKE A CHAI LATTE WITH A COFFEE MACHINE MILK FROTHER!
So for the next instalment of our series, we are going to be making our chai with the help of our coffee machine.
If you're really lucky and your local cafe uses loose leaf chai instead of the powered or syrup chai, you may already be accustomed to this particular method. If not, you're in for a treat, and its easier than you think!
Step one: Choose your chai!
We have 10 different varieties of chai and tea in our range. Not sure which flavour to get? You might like to try our Tea Sampler Box which contains samples of our entire range of tea. You never know, you much just find a new favourite!
For this demonstration, I'm using our Chilli Chai. People often ask if it's hot, but we only use enough chilli to warm rather than burn. It's the perfect drink for a cold day!
Place 2 heaped teaspoons of our Collombatti Naturals Warm Chilli Chai into a teapot.
Pour in one cup of boiling water, or enough to thoroughly cover the tea.
Now here is the important part, let the tea steep for at least 3 minutes, but optimally 5 minutes, as the longer you brew the better the flavour.
Step two - While the tea is brewing, we are going to heat our milk, so this next part depends on what kind of coffee machine you've got.
Most of the newer coffee machines come with a built-in milk frother. If yours doesn't, you might have a separate milk frother, or if all else fails you can always use your microwave to heat your milk.
The best way to do this is to fill your milk jug to just below the spout as this gives you plenty of room for your milk to expand.
When frothing milk you want it to spin and not scream at you. If it's screaming, you're getting too much air which means the milk doesn't heat evenly and you get way too much froth.
I find if you hold the jug so the milk frother sits apex of the spout and then tilt the jug slightly to the side and gently move your jug up and down. This way your milk shouldn't be screaming at you and you should be heating your milk with just enough froth.
Holding your hand on the bottom of the jug, warm the milk until the jug gets too hot for your hand.
Step 3 - By the time you’ve perfected your milk, your chai should be well steeped. Pour the hot milk into your teapot, replace the lid and let it sit for 30 seconds so the milk can infuse with the chai.
Place a tea strainer over your cup and pour in your milky chai, stir and add honey if desired.
Step 4 - Enjoy! The gentle heat from our warm chilli chai along with the sweetness of the honey and the creaminess of the milk is the perfect combination.
Even with the days getting warmer, our nights are still cool enough to enjoy this soul-warming beverage.
*Note - If of an evening you don’t like to have too much caffeine, you can always give our Rooibos Chai a try instead. It has that great chai taste but minus the caffeine. It's also a great tea to drink to help you relax and unwind after a long day, boasting natural calming properties which help to centre your nerves without making you drowsy, it's the perfect bedtime drink!