Hello Chai Lovers,
Christmas in Melbourne may not be a winter wonderland, but what we lack in fireplace we make up with Aussie barbecues, outdoor lunches and stunning festive lights in the city—AND we have madea special box for you this month!
We’ve partnered up with the world’s first wooden eco-strawcompany, Dubbe, for this festive season. Together with Dubbe we can offer you THE BEST natural and reusable wooden straws in our cold brew starter boxes. They are 100%biodegradable and food grade, which means no metallic smell, they’re not fragile as glass and they’re more delicate than bamboo. They have a water-resistant coating which means no mould—and best of all for the earth, NO PLASTIC!
With the Cold Brew Starter Kit, you’ll be able to savour an iced chai from the comfort of your own home.
We have heaps of news for you this month, including the recipe for the perfect festive boozy chai cocktail and ‘Meet The Team’ with Mario. Mario is one of three founders of Prana Chai and recently finished a six-month boat trip with his family, taking in Seoul Cafe Show 2019 on his travels.
Get cosy (or cool!) with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of Prana Chai Insider News.
Mario, Koray, Vincent, and the whole Prana Chai family.
Xmas Box (Dubbe x Prana Chai)
As we mentioned, we’ve partnered up with the world’s first wooden eco-strawcompany, Dubbe, for this festive season. Together with Dubbe we can now offer you THE BEST natural and reusable wooden straws in our cold brew starter boxes.
They are 100%biodegradable and food grade, which means no metallic smell, they’re not fragile as glass and they’re more delicate than bamboo. They have a water-resistant coating which means no mould—and best of all for the earth, NO PLASTIC!
Our Cold Brew Starter Kit comes complete with:
Dubbe Wood Straw pack: 2 ‘juice’ straws, 1 ‘smoothie’ straw (which has a wider diameter), and cleaners for both sizes of straw
#onlythegoodstuff double-walled glass chai flask with filter basket and bamboo lid
An all new Prana Chai recipe booklet, complete with six recipes to help you get more out of your chai.
The RRP for the straws pack is $25, placing the total value of our magical box at $65. However, we love you and the earth, and we know you love the earth too—that’s why we are offering this box for only $35 (limited time and stock—so be quick!)
Get ready to celebrate, because now you can enjoy your Prana Chai all-year round! A cold brew chai is perfect for the festive season when you still want to enjoy a refreshing Prana Chai while beating the heat.
The chai flask means you can now drink your favourite brew on the go. Justprepare your cold brew ahead of time and take it with you when you’re on the run.
This kit makes a great gift for any chai aficionado in your life, or is a brew-tiful treat for yourself that will help improve your chai game. Snap up a sticky chai cold brew kit from Prana Chai today.
All you need to do is to choose the flavour you like:
Original - Vegan - Peppermint - Turmeric
Meet the Team— Mario Minichilli
One of the founders of Prana Chai, Mario, was recently in Seoul for the first time. We caught up with him to hear all about his experiences in the city and of the Seoul Cafe Show 2019.
What was your first impression of Seoul?
I was at first surprised by the size of Seoul but at the same time the calm energy in the air. The two things didn’t seem to match! I loved how it made me feel.
What stood out the most to you about Korean people or the culture?
I must say the feeling of safety I had. I’m not sure why but I was hyper-aware that whatever time of day it was and wherever I was. I felt noticeably safe!
Also, I loved the respect they have for each other and the generous and the positive nature I encountered in so many of the people I met.
What was the most unexpected thing about your experience in Korea?
I didn’t expect it to be so organised and so well run. Most big cities have an energy of chaos, but I felt like seoul ran like a well oiled machine!
How would you describe Seoul in one word?
I was so impressed with the food.
A Cup Of Chai With Mario - Travel Story
Mario had been dreaming of travelling the world in his boat, with his family. He recently did so! We had a cup of chai and heard all of the stories from his journey.
What was the most challenging thing you had to overcome?
Fear. Have you ever been petrified? Literally frozen solid with fear, unable to move a muscle even though you are trying to? It was new to me. It sounds dramatic but there were times at sea, in the middle of storms, when we were days from land that I felt the universe tell me over and over again “YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE”. I needed to meditate a lot so that I could overcome that feeling.
What is one new thing you learned about the experience and yourself during this trip?
There are too many lessons to summarise. I learned a lot about myself and about my family. About the art of seamanship. About the weather and the cruel and unforgiving sea. I learned the importance of being prepared, and I generally just ‘grew up a bit’.
What did you miss the most?
Using only three words, how would you describe the experience?
Adventurous, Wonderful, Bliss
Would you do it again?
Absolutely! There were hard times, but everything else was fantastic. I loved living so close to nature, seeing stars all the way to the horizon, sustainably living off solar and wind power, traveling to exotic places but always having your cozy home with you, waking up every morning at anchor in a paradise, the sense of absolute freedom, the lack of noise (both literal and figurative). I felt absolutely blessed, like I am the luckiest guy in the world.
What destination would you recommend most? What about it stood out?
Vanuatu. The people are lovely, and their culture is centred on giving and sharing.
What was the most harrowing moment?
Being at sea in storm-force winds and big swells.
Any great wildlife sightings out on the open ocean?
We saw a pod of dolphins in the middle of the night in waters thick with phosphorescence that made them glow ... they were like spirits, like ghosts, the light that they gave off lit up the decks of the boat like it was day! They were jumping out of the water and looking like they were coated in sparkling diamonds. It was the best thing I’ve witnessed in my 43 years.
What was the highlight of this sort of intense travel, from the perspective of family?
We became stronger and we grew closer. We worked well as a team and we learned to trust each other, and we learned that we only need each other to be content and happy.
Is there anything you would do differently if you did the trip again?
Yes, we are upgrading our boat. QUINCO looked after us but I’d like something bigger. Something closer to an expedition vessel, something I could take into the ice.
What did you miss most about being on land?
Nothing much at all, except the people there. Life at sea is much better
Who was the most interesting person or persons you met along the way and why?
An old French couple. She was in her early 80s and he was almost 90. They had been living aboard for 20 years and were half way through their second circumnavigation, on a boat half the size of mine, with half the technology and equipment. An impossible feat, but achieved nonetheless. Why? Because it shows the power of a good attitude. They had some stories!
What was the most difficult part of working remotely?
Getting a good internet connection.
What are you looking forward to the most in the next year when it comes to Prana Chai?
Moving at least some focus from finding growth, over to improving service.
Improving relationships with existing customers, showing gratitude to the people that have been supporting us.
Where will you be this time next year?
The next leg of the journey is the Mediterranean for a while, then across the North Atlantic. From there we might go south to the Caribbean or maybe north through Canada and into the Arctic circle.
Having had this time away living without certain necessities and being disconnected from friends and work, how do you think it will impact on you once you settle back in?
I’m not sure. It’s going to be interesting to say the least
Was this a well-thought-out trip? Did you stick to your original plan for travel or have to change course? Were there any split decisions you wish you could have changed? What luck did you stumble upon with your journey?
The boat was prepared well. I’m glad I went the extra mile there, because I know we had all bases covered when it got hairy. We spent more time in less places when originally we were going to cover a lot more miles (we loved Vanuatu so much we moved slowly). We got lucky a lot, yes.
Would you be confident to take time away to a greater degree and leave Prana Chai in the capable hands of the team? Did anything work-related keep you up at night?
I felt bad that I wasn’t always reachable in an instant but I think we managed well. I want my partners to be able to hit the road as well, so I’ll be pushing them to do the same when I get back. I feel it’s important; we only live once and there is a lot to experience. We open up to new experiences when we are on the road.
Doing More with Chai
Boozy Chai Latte
Warm up from the inside out with a spiced (and spiked) chai latte.
- 1 cup water
- 20g Prana Chai
- 1 strip of orange peel
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 30ml spiced rum
- 10ml Cointreau
- Combine the water, Prana chai, orange peel and maple syrup in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil and turn off the heat
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve
- Add the rum and orange liqueur and stir
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired and serve warm.
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