Hello Chai Lovers,
Sunny but cooler climate in April makes it the ideal season to bring out your warm and cosy jumper and drink multiple cups of warm or cold #OnlyTheGoodStuff
Have you seen the Prana Chai glass flask kit yet? This beautiful double-walled glass flask is perfect for taking Prana Chai on the road because it holds hot and cold chai and it is perfect for this changeable climate.
We had a cup of chai with Simone who is the founder of Perth based handmade ceramic brand Winterwares. It was born to ignite a passion to create beautiful pieces that help others gather, share and nourish. We discovered her obsessions, goals, fears, her favourite way to enjoy Prana Chai and more.
We have lots of exciting news about Prana Chai, including meeting Marcus at Prana Chai NSW, the upcoming London Coffee Festival 2018, Sendai Coffee Stand Festival in Japan Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, a recent display at the Baltimore Coffee Festival in USA and a recipe for Anzac Spiced biscuits too.
So get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of the Prana Chai insider newsletter.
Mario, Koray, Vincent and whole Prana Chai family.
Prana Chai Glass Flask Kit
Like we mentioned at the beginning, our glass flask kit includes 1 x 250gr Prana Chai Masala Blend + 1 x #onlythegoodstuff glass flask with filter basket and bamboo lid + the new Prana Chai recipe booklet. GET YOURS HERE
A cup of chai with Simone Nabholz
- What are your obsessions?
Figuring out how to live better, at the moment it's by slowing down and taking on a 'less is more' approach to life. I'm obsessed with listening to podcasts and hearing people's stories and their journey in business and in life. I'm also just a bit (ok a lot) obsessed with seeking out beautiful objects, linen is a particular obsession right now! And spoons! I have amassed a ridiculous collection of handmade spoons, teeny tiny spice ones and beautiful hand forged brass ones. I blame Instagram.
- The biggest fear and what are you doing about it?
I have lots of fears, though one that makes my heart race is heights. Just the thought of cable cars, glass elevators and ferris wheels and makes me feel panicked. When we were living in the UK my husband bought us tickets for the London Eye, I spent the whole ride sitting on the floor looking at the centre pole because I'm sure I would've fainted if I'd looked out of the windows. I've accepted the fact that I'm terrified of heights and there's probably not much I can do about it.
- your favourite way to enjoy Chai and could you summarise Prana chai in one sentence?
I adore drinking Prana chai every morning. It's one of my self care rituals. It especially lovely with breakfast in bed on Sunday morning (out of a Winterwares handmade cup of course!). I love Sunday mornings, they're the slowest morning of the week and the day that we have no plans. Prana chai is like a warm hug in a cup.
- What was the last gift you gave to someone?
I've been trying some new designs for my range, some rustic stoneware cheese boards and I gave one to one of the ladies who works in the studio today. Yesterday I gave my Mum a gorgeous Once Was Lost handwoven scarf as a thank you for all the help and support she gives me, and the day before I gave my friend a candle because I thought it would make her feel loved every time she lights it. I get so much joy from gift giving, I love it.
- What is the question that you wish more people ask & why?
I think we so often go through the motions in life, we're all so busy, days are full but not always fulfilling. I wish people would ask themselves, "is this the best use of my time right now" and if the answer is no, then think about what is the thing that brings you more joy, more fulfilment and more peace and do that instead.
- What's your biggest goal this year and how can people find you?
So many goals! I have a list that grows longer each day. A big one is to go to Japan to learn more about the philosophy of wabi-sabi, the idea that there is beauty in decay and imperfection. I'm going to spend my time immersing myself in the culture and learning about the simple, daily rituals that make life in Japan so unique. I'm going to use my research to inform a new collection for Winterwares. You can find me in my studio in Fremantle, making my ceramics most days, or on Instagram @winterwares
Meet the team - Marcus McCombe NSW
- If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
- What is the strangest thing about you that most people do not know?
I collect stationary, in particular, mechanical pencils. They never fail.
- If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Paul McCartney and Wings - Let ‘Em In
- what is your favourite way to drink / use Prana Chai?
As long as I am a customer, dealers choice.
- What turns you on?
Effort (and chaisexuals)
- Words you live by?
Reality is stranger than fiction
- What are you most grateful for?
Prana Chai Recipe - Chai Spiced Anzac Biscuit
Bring some spice into your life with this Prana Chai Anzac Biscuit recipe! If you're a fan of Prana Chai, you will savour this recipe.
Prana Chai Spiced Anzac Biscuits
What you need
60g(3 TBS) Prana Chai (Steep in 100ml of hot water and strain)
¼ cup Coconut Flour
½ cup Hempseeds
1 cup Macadamia
¼ cup Coconut Oil (Melted)
1 tsp Cinammon powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Sea Salt
How to make it
Preheat the oven to 170c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place all the ingredients into your food processor and pulse & blend until they become sticky and dough-like.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown.
Enjoy & try not to eat them all at one seating.
Let them cool down completely and store them in airtight container upto 1 week in the fridge.
Insider Scoop - What’s happening in Prana Chai?!
London Coffee Festival 2018 - (12th - 15th of April) London
YES @PranaChai is at the The London Coffee Festival this April -this is happening now!
We will see you in London for the celebration of London's artisan coffee scene and its creative subcultures | 12 - 15 April 2018, The Old Truman Brewery 👌#LCF18
So what should you expect from the event? All the tastings your heart could desire? Check. Demonstrations from world-class baristas and interactive workshops? Of course. Live music, DJs, art exhibitions and coffee-based cocktails? Obviously. Quite frankly, it’d be rude not to. See you there! 😉
#OnlyTheGoodStuff #LondonCoffeeFestival #PranaChai
Sendai Coffee Stand Festival in Japan (21st - 22nd April)
Specialty Coffee Expo Seattle (18th - 19th April)
Who’s in Seattle? Prana Chai team will be also at the Specialty Coffee Expo aka SCA in Seattle from 18th to 19th of this month. Come by and say hello!
If you have any enquiries in North America - Please email Brian@pranachai.com
Prana Chai USA team successfully exhibited at an event at Baltimore Coffee Festival and these are a couple of photos from the event. We are very grateful for all the people who visited and supported us before, during and after the festival.