Winter has come around for those of us in Australia, which is the perfect season for cuddling up and getting warm with a cup of Prana Chai.
Our good stuff flask is now ready to go, so you can take your hot or cold Prana Chai with you. Our starter pack currently comes with #onlythegoodstuff flask, so read on to see how you can get your hands on one of these.
Prana Chai and Yoke Yoga have teamed up for the Celebrate Oneness Fight Famine Yoga event in Torquay. We tell you how you can get involved and have a chat with Nickie Hanley, one of the organisers, about the event. Getting involved in this event also got us thinking about a concept that we share with yoga - prana - and we explored how you can bring more prana into your life.
We also have lots of exciting news from us here at Prana Chai, including international festivals, a delicious dessert recipe, a chance to work for us and new places where you can get a cup of chai.
So get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of the Prana Chai newsletter.
Mario, Koray and Vincent
Get the good stuff to go
Our good stuff flask is ready to go, meaning you can take a flask of hot or cold Prana Chai with you wherever you go! Perfect for those cold winter mornings, when you need something to warm you up on your way out the door, or for making cold brew when summer finally arrives again. It is available now in our starter pack, which contains everything you need to make the perfect chai cold brew- 250g Prana Chai plus a #onlythegoodstuff glass flask with filter basket and bamboo lid. There is also a brand new recipe book ready to come with it. It’s a great quick and easy way to enjoy your Prana Chai - hot or cold!
Prana Chai & Yoke Yoga team up to fight famine
Could you imagine if 50% of Australia’s population were affected by famine? In a country where we waste an estimated 4 million tonnes of edible food each year, it is impossible for us to comprehend what it means to be truly hungry. But this is the situation in South Sudan at the moment, after years of war and drought have caused great instability in the food supply of much of the country.
In response to this heartbreaking situation, Yoke Yoga in Torquay are holding a Celebrate Oneness Fight Famine yoga event to raise money for Save the Children. It’s an afternoon of Vinyasa Yoga with teachers Nickie Hanley and Chris Wilson, followed by music, nibbles and drinks. Prana Chai will be there to serve up participants the good stuff. If you can’t make it there in person, you can still donate to this worthy cause. For more information, visit the Yoke Yoga website here.
A cup of Prana Chai with Nickie Hanley
Nickie Hanley is a teacher at Yoke and Move Yoga studios, and one of the brains behind the Fight Famine Charity event at Yoke Yoga. She is a big Prana Chai fan and wanted to get us involved with this worthy cause. We had a quick chat to her about yoga and the event.
Tell us a little bit about Yoke and Move Yoga and how you came to teach there.
I work at these two studios and have done so for quite a few years. I was a student originally at Union Yoga and Move approached me to teach there.
Tell us about the Fight Famine Yoga Charity Event and how it came about.
The famine in South Sudan is the worst since 1945 and has the same amount of people that populate Australia starving over there... whenever I can help others I like to! Especially starving children.
How long have you been practising yoga and how has it impacted your life?
Practising 9 years or so and teaching 7 it is in my life every day and would not have it any other way.
What advice do you have for those wanting to start a regular yoga practice, but are having trouble getting going?
Go to a foundations or beginners class for a few times before moving on... the foundations will help you progress more easily and quicker.
Prana – more than just a name
Prana Chai – we didn’t just choose the name because we liked the sound of it. The concept of prana is an essential part of how we hand create our chai.
Originating in Hindu philosophy, the word Prana means “life force” in Sanskrit. It is known by many other names in different cultures – “chi” to the Chinese, “mana” to Polynesians and “Qi” to the Japanese – but the principles are basically the same. Prana is the life force or energy found in all living things. An invisible, physical substance responsible for the body’s life, heat and maintenance. When we are low on prana, we get sick in the body and mind, when we have enough prana, every part of our body is healthy. We absorb prana from the environment around us and what we eat, and we can control its movement around our body with mindful movements and breath.
Plants are veritably vibrant with prana, and much of our own prana can come from eating plant based food. However, the prana in something diminishes the more processed it is. An apple picked from the tree will contain more prana than one that has been transported, stored and sold at a supermarket, and even more than one that is cooked and frozen into a packaged apple pie.
We can therefore increase our own prana by eating a diet full of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains. While processing food diminishes an item’s levels of prana, dehydrating it does not, and dried fruit, nuts and spices are also great sources of prana. Preparing food with love and cooking using natural methods will also help food to retain its prana and nutrients.
It is with this philosophy in mind that we prepare Prana Chai. Handmade, using only natural ingredients, we prepare our chai with love so that it can retain the prana for us to enjoy with love.
But increasing our prana is only half of it. Yoga uses ansanas (movements) and pranayama (breathing methods) to move the prana around the body and direct it to where it is needed. One of the main purposes of yoga is to create a physical and energetic balance by allowing the movement of prana to bring change to the body and mind.
In the current world of fad diets and supplements, it helps to remember that there is something that we get from nature that cannot be substituted by a pill. We all need the prana life force to feel happy and healthy in our bodies and that is something that we can only receive from the natural environment around us.
Prana Chai rice pudding with orange sauce and sorbet
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 45 - 50 mins
- 25g Prana Chai
- 1.2 litres of soy milk (Bonsoy recommended)
- 120g Arborio Rice
- Zest 1 whole orange
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 40g caster sugar
- 500ml orange juice
- 200g honey
- Coconut sorbet to serve
Sharing Prana Chai around the world
After the excitement of the London Coffee Festival last month, we spent some time at a number of other international coffee and tea festivals.
Another coffee festival, another opportunity to present Prana Chai to consumers. The Coffee Sanpai was two days of Prana Chai brewing in the ambient setting of the Shifukuji Temple in Sendai, Japan.
The Malaysian Coffee Festival was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall in May to a growing Malaysian café market. And of course, where there is coffee, there is tea so Prana Chai was there to exhibit the good stuff. It was a jammed packed couple of days as we introduced Malaysia to our delicious fresh, handmade chai and brewed up hundreds of cups amongst the 68 stalls of coffee specialists, distributors and suppliers.
Meet the team - Kotaro Nomura
Get to know the team who are bringing Prana Chai to the places you love. This month we meet Kotaro, our representative in Japan. He is our Story Teller for Prana Chai in Japan, and our pop-up store king! We’ve known him since we worked together at Balmains in Brighton, and he joined our team when he moved back to Japan last March. He loves sharing Prana Chai with the Japanese, introducing them to the product and the story behind how it is created. He is expecting a baby this month, so congratulations Kotaro from all the Prana Chai team!
Join the Prana Chai team
Speaking of our team, an opportunity has come up to join our team - in Germany! Do you know someone living in Germany with a passion for specialty tea and coffee? Does this person know the ins and outs of a cafe, have a specialty coffee network and speak German? Then they might be perfect for our Area Manager position in Deutschland!
The right person will be responsible for growing the Prana Chai market in Germany and Europe with potential customer visits 3 days a week. The rest of their time will be filled with follow up visits, customer training, basic online research, communication with customers and filling orders. They will also be required to travel to a new European country once a month for 2 - 3 days (sounds tough huh?)
We are after someone who is willing to learn and apply themselves to sharing Prana Chai with the European Market. If you know someone who you think fits this description, pass this email on and tell them to get in touch.
Wir freuen uns darauf, von ihnen zu hören! (We look forward to hearing from them.)
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
New spots to get your Prana Chai fix
There are some new and exciting cafés to grab your cup of Prana Chai about the place. Let us introduce you to a few of our favourites.
AU79 – Abbotsford. Let’s just start by saying this place is absolutely gorgeous! Visiting this converted old car garage will make you want to stop by your nearest nursery on the way home so you too can fill your home with lush, green plants. The menu has your breakfast classics (is a café even a café if it doesn’t serve smashed avo?) and Asian influenced dishes such as a confit duck bao burger. A definite must visit for anyone in Melbourne. Read the Broadsheet article about them here.
Cos Baby Freo – Fremantle. Coming soon to Pakenham Street, this café will be opening its doors to offer delicious, healthy snacks and breakfasts, tasty salads packed full of goodness and raw slices. After getting an idea of what will be on the menu via their Instagram feed, we can’t wait! Watch them here.
We are Lumberjack - Camberwell UK.
In a city where a global coffee chain can be found on almost every other corner, it is heartening to find place that focuses on community and building relationships. These places serve as creative meeting spaces, foster community projects and encourage social entrepreneurship. We are Lumberjack is just one such treasure, not only serving delectable food and drink, but supporting local craftsmanship as well. Their interior and furniture has been fitted out by partners London Reclaimed, an employment charity teaching young people joinery skills. Other items such as the teatowels and cups used in the cafe are locally made and can be bought in store. Definitely the kind of initiative we love to get behind, and now you can get your cup of Prana Chai here too!
Brickwood – London. Hardly a newcomer on the London café scene, this café in Clapham Common has been serving up Antipodean style brunches and coffee for a while. Having expanded to Tooting and Balham, you can now grab a cup of Prana Chai with your grilled banana and walnut bread.
What is going on at the Prana Chai Warehouse?While we love our Prana Chai just the way it is, we are always trying to think of new ways to enjoy it. After launching our agave blend recently, we have been experimenting with some new mixes. It’s still early days, but watch this space!