So how to make a chai latte with an espresso machine?
A drink from India that has invaded the western world, that’s what chai latte is all about. Its origins date back 5000 years ago to what’s now known as India. A king ordered that a healing spiced beverage be created for use in Ayurveda, a traditional medicinal practice in which herbs and spices are used for healing.
This is where the story of chai latte began, and it kept developing until it reached out to us and it knocked on our doors, chai latte has amazing benefits that can help you live a better life.
What is Chai Latte
Chai latte is the descendant of a beverage in India called Masala Chai. Masala means spices and Chai means tea in the Indian culture which literally translates to spiced tea.
The components of both beverages are identical and the only difference lies in the way that the two beverages are prepared.
The components are: tea, spices, milk, sweetener.
You can use any kind of tea you like but the most recommended type is black tea. Black tea is the best choice for Masala Chai and Chai Latte because it’s the strongest and richest tea and it is robust enough to hold up to all the flavorful spices.
But the tea is not what makes Masala Chai different from Chai Latte, it’s actually the milk.
Latte is an Italian word that means milk, and it is used nowadays to indicate steamed milk.
Both Masala Chai and Chai Latte have milk as a component of the beverage but Chai Latte is a foamy milky beverage that looks much like a cappuccino or coffee latte.
What makes Chai beverages unique is the use of spices. Spices add flavor and taste to the beverage that makes you want more of it. But keep in mind that there’s no standard when it comes to spices whatsoever, everyone has his own formula and adds their own ingredients that make the drink unique to them.
That being said, the most common ingredients in all the Chai recipes you’re going to encounter are: ginger, cardamom pods, cinnamon, peppercorns, and star anise.
How to Make Chai Latte with Espresso Machine
- The first step is to crush the spices before they are ready to be used
- Then toss the spices into a pot of water with black tea
- Bring one cup of water with the spices and loose tea, just to a boil, then turn off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes
- Pour the milk into a pitcher
- Place the pitcher underneath the steam wand
- Insert the steam wand into the milk, just below the surface. Engage the steam output dial to a steady stream of steam
- Keeping the tip of the wand near the side of the pitcher, creating a vortex in the milk
- Move the pitcher up and down, and around the wand in order to incorporate air into the milk and break up larger bubbles. The bubbles should get progressively smaller
- Once the mixture has increased in size substantially—about double the volume for a cappuccino or 1 1/2 times the volume for a latte—close the dial and remove the wand from the pitcher
- Quickly clean the wand with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel so there are no milk drippings on your counter or floor
- The texture of the milk should be smooth and similar in appearance to melted ice cream
- And once the tea steeps, add the steamed milk
- Then Sweeten the cup
- And lastly, strain and serve
What type of milk to use
The common type of milk used in India is whole milk, but you can also try alternatives such as almond milk or oat milk. They work great.
The amount of milk you add to the tea corresponds with the richness and the thickness of the tea. A richer, thicker Chai will have more milk than thin light Chai.
How to Sweeten the Cup
The Indians use jaggery or cane sugar as their typical sweetener, but you can also sweeten the cup with maple syrup or honey if you prefer healthier choices.
It is a great experience to drink Chai Latte, you do it once and you will get addicted to it forever. It is originally an Indian beverage that evolved into today’s beverage. It was originally called Masala Chai which means spiced tea. They both have the same ingredients but the main difference is the way milk is prepared.
You steam the milk using the espresso machine and you pour the milk into the boiled cup of water, tea, and spices. You add your preferred sweetener and the cup is ready to be served, enjoy.