Hello Chai Lovers,
We are constantly inspired by the people we connect with, the stories we share and the places we visit. We are so lucky that we have people around the world sharing #OnlyTheGoodStuff and we would love to take this chance to express our gratitude for having you with us! We would never be here without your loyalty and support.
This month we will share our favourite places to enjoy Prana Chai in Los Angeles.These five LA cafes are the stars among stars because they serve #OnlyTheGoodStuff. We’ve selected these amazing places as worth saving on your map and making a trip to if you are in the neighbourhood.
You asked, we listened! We have had lots of requests for our best seller Starter Box to include an option for 1kg of chai; you can now stock up on your favourite chai along with the Prana pot and all of the brewing essentials. 250g seems to disappear too quickly in winter!
If there is one thing that helps fight off the winter blues, it’s whiskey. If it is chai spiced whiskey - that’s even better. We’ve included a whiskey recipe for you to try so you can warm yourself and your chai-loving friends up and enjoy all of the winter-warmer vibes.
We have lots of exciting news this month. Suin Lee joined the Prana Chai Korea team as a wholesale manager and is a welcome addition to the Prana Chai family. She will work closely with Jayde to keep #OnlyTheGoodStuff coming to our friends in South Korea! Woohoo!
Get cosy 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.
Prana Chai Original Masala Blend 1kg Starter Box
Get all of your brewing essentials in one easy place with one of our Original Masala Blend Starter Boxes. These boxes make a great gift or a helpful starter pack for any Prana Chai devo-teas.
Every box comes with all you’ll need to brew the ultimate masala chai tea, including:
The real combined value of our Starter Box is AUD$115, but we want you to embrace the Prana lifestyle as much as we do, and get brewing! That’s why we are giving it to you for just $89. Once you’ve mastered a hot chai the Prana Chai way, you’ll be looking forward to your luxurious preparation ritual every day.
Grab one of these chai tea kits as the perfect gift for a fellow chai-lover or treat yo’self to this exquisite Starter Box today!
Prana Chai World - Los Angeles #FriendsofPrana
Los Angeles is one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the world, and it’s never lacked cafés! Whether they’re located on the serene beaches or in the alleys of downtown LA, there has always been countless places to choose from. In recent years there has been an even bigger push toward a focus on quality. Similar to the city’s progress in the food scene, LA has also slowly evolved into one of the best cities in the world for specialty coffee. Take a look at this list of LA’s specialty coffee shops.
- IG: @commonroomroasters
- Location: 882 Production Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92663
- Why we love them: Melbourne-style cafe and roastery featuring award-winning coffee and a beautiful fitout.
- Main features/must try: House made and bottled cold brew coffee and Prana Chai.
Raised in Melbourne. Roasted in California. Common Room Roasters is an architect-designed, purpose-built, open plan roastery. With dedicated espresso and filter tasting bars, barista training academy, open air atrium seating and great music, its a slice of Melbourne's coffee scene right here in Orange County. Established in 2016.
The Butcher's Daughter
- IG: @thebutchersdaughter_official
- Location: 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
- Why we love them: a beautifully-designed high ceiling, industrial decor and eco-friendly vegetarian cafe.
- Main features/must try: Extensive and healthy brunch menu and the Wellness Chai Latte.
The team opened the first restaurant in New York in 2010. The idea was to establish a simple juice bar. They then launched their LA location (the third in the US!) to further grow the community and culture that had sprung up around The Butcher's Daughter. Healthy vegetarian cuisine with a unique concept: the vegetable slaughterhouse!
Established in 2015.
- IG: @bardonnala
- Location: 1601 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
- Why we love them: Great food and beautiful cafes in multiple locations.
- Main features/must try: Specialty seasonal superfood drinks.
First of all, the coffee here is amazing. Try their specialty drinks like the Sea Salt Cold Brew or the Honey Vanilla Latte. They offer milk alternatives ranging from cashew to oat milk that are amazing with Prana Chai. Everything on the menu is served all day long.
- IG: @gjustabakery
- Location: 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291
- Why we love them: Full bakery and cafe with great food and back patio.
- Main features/must try: Any of their sandwiches on fresh-baked bread.
Gjusta opened in the late Fall of 2014 as a commissary kitchen providing bread and other products for Gjelina Group’s other restaurants, Gjelina and GTA, but quickly grew to be much more. Gjusta is a California deli, bakery, café, and market, influenced by traditional East Coast delicatessens, European markets, and Parisian bakeries.
Gjusta sources nearly all of its fresh produce directly from SoCal farmers, and most of the meat and seafood from local ranchers, fishermen, and co-ops. The team at Gjusta shop at five different farmers’ markets throughout the week and receive deliveries daily, ensuring they always have fresh produce. Their relationships with vendors are paramount, as they are not only mutually beneficial, but work to enact positive change in our communal contemporary food-sourcing methods.
Wide Eyes Open Palms
- IG: @wideeyesopenpalms
- Location: 416 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
- Why we love them: Long time Prana Chai supporters, great people and great food.
- Check the menu here
Wide Eyes Open Palms, aka WEOP, is a specialty coffee shop and cafe with a focus on seasonality. All pastries are baked in house each morning. The driving force behind this vision is Kat Laukat-McIver and Angie Evans. Both owners have over a decade of experience in the service industry and always knew that they wanted to create a coffee shop of their own to share their unique visions and gifts with the Long Beach community.
Sourcing produce from farmers they know, that is grown as locally as possible, and using the highest quality and organic ingredients is paramount for them!
Bread is sourced locally and made daily. All pastries are made in-house and use organic ingredients. They use Clover Organic Milk and housemade Almond Milk for milk-based drinks. All packaging is compostable, and they also compost coffee, tea and food waste at local farms. WEOP always strive to source the highest quality organic and local ingredients. Why? Knowing where the food comes from and preparing it with love is important to them.
Established in 2013.
A cup of Prana Chai with Suin Lee from Prana Chai Korea
Meet the team bringing Prana Chai to you!
We would like to introduce the newest members of the Prana Chai Korea - Suin. She spent a lot of time working in hospitality at various venues in Seoul where she developed her passion for the industry and she jumped at the opportunity to join our team and share Prana Chai with others, and now loves introducing people to the good stuff.
We interviewed her...
1. What has your journey like with Prana Chai so far? What can you tell us about the culture at Prana Chai?
It's been a little bit over two weeks since I started working at Prana Chai. The more I learn, the more I want to be involved in Prana Chai! I gave myself some time to think about the reason why I feel this magical feeling about Prana Chai, and what really stands out is the basic principle that the whole working environment of Prana Chai is totally based on trust in someone’s personal abilities. It’s so culturally different to my previous workplaces - in the past, work and self-improvement were always separate. But here at Prana Chai, it's the opposite. I'm very appreciative for the support in both my professional and my personal life. I'm feeling lucky to belong to Prana Chai and to see how we grow together!
2. What do you think is the best way to enjoy Prana Chai and why?
For me, in order to enjoy variations, I need to know the original tried-and-true method first. So, I would say for beginners, the best way to use Prana Chai is simply following the recipe that’s included in their Starter Box!
3. You've worked as a bartender in the past. Could you please share a cocktail recipe that showcases Prana Chai?
I love to try new recipes! So here we go. I think Prana Chai goes really well with a strong-flavored whiskey such as Talisker. Here is a recipe for a 'Talisker Chai Cooler', served in a highball glass.
- Talisker 10yo
- Chai, cold brewed with water
- Ginger beer
- Sparkling Water
- Simple Syrup
- As Talisker and Chai both have strong flavours, it’s important to stick to accurate ratios.
- Let's start with 1oz Talisker and 0.5oz Chai.
- Add to that 1oz of ginger beer and 2oz of sparkling water.
- Add simple syrup and some fresh lemon juice to taste - I like 10ml simple syrup and 20ml fresh lemon juice.
4. If failure wasn't an option, what would you try?
I want to live in the jungle without any civilisation! I would spend all my time observing, thinking and feeling.
5. What are the three things that you can't live without?
If I imagine myself on an isolated island with only three things, they are my friends, music, and a notepad and pen!
6. What are two questions that you wish people ask more and why?
“How was your day?”
I'm sharing a flat with two other girls; we all have our own rooms but share the kitchen and bathroom. Even though it's been over two months that we've lived together, we don't know each other very well. When we see each other in common room, I always say 'hello' and the other person might answer but then quickly goes back into her room. Asking 'how was your day?' is a good way to show your interest in another person. It has become quite rare to hear this question because everybody already knows everything about everyone else’s lives through social media (or people are less interested in each other).
Asking why all the time can be a hassle but I think it's very good to know the cause of something. Some people don't even know the reason why they're sad, mad, or happy. Your anger may come from anxiety, your sadness may come from loneliness ... Ask why when you're feeling something. It's important to know yourself; this helps to know others better.
Doing More with Chai
Chai . . . It’s not just for warm tea. There are countless ways to integrate healthy, tasty chai into your everyday life. Here is one for you:
- 60ml brewed Prana Chai (chilled) (20g Prana Chai + 100ml water, simmered for three minutes and then strained)
- 60ml whiskey
- 15ml Grand Marnier
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Tools: a bar spoon, a strainer, a mixing glass
Garnish: orange twist
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Does Chai Tea Have Gluten?
It’s only natural to assume that chai tea would be gluten free. It might surprise you to learn that not all teas are created equal. Some teas - both chai blends and other teas - can contain gluten.
So Does Chai Tea Have Gluten in It?
Most chai teas are made from a black tea base. Traditional black tea comes from the leaves of theCamellia sinensisplant. Gluten content = zilch.
Hot or cold tea made from tea bags or loose leaf black tea blends should generally be gluten free, as long as they haven’t been cross-contaminated in the processing stage. Emphasis on the ‘should’ ... Come on now … you didn’t think the answer would be that straightforward, did you?
For a start, not all teas are made fromCamillia sinensis.Some are made from tea leaves that contain gluten or have added gluten ingredients.
Some teas - herbal teas especially - contain barley malt as a sweetener, while others have roasted barley in their ingredients. Even the tea bags themselves can be a treacherous grey zone; some are sealed with a wheat paste.
And let’s not forget the milk you’ll add to your cup of chai. Some soy milk, for example, contains barley malt in its ingredients list.
So how do you know whether you’re drinking the good stuff? If you’re a coeliac or gluten intolerant, it’s always a good idea to check the ingredients before concoct your brew.
And What About Prana Chai?
Rest assured, our Prana Chai blends are safe for your consumption. OurOriginal Masala Blend is prepared in a safe environment and contains only natural spices, black tea, and a dash of honey.
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