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Now this is interesting – it´s not tea itself, not on its own. It´s a mix of spices which you add to regular black tea (they say breakfast mixes, I cheated and used some single estate ceylon) and brew it indian style to make a proper chai. The instructions are: mix milk with water, add a little bit of sugar or honey as well as this chai mix and have it simmer over fire for some minutes, then add some black tea and have it simmer for 5 or 10 minutes. It gets thicker indeed, and very very different from usual tea. I liked it a lot, though not at all sure how to rate this or even review it – rather than a tea this seems to be all about the brewing process. The mix of spices is rather nice – cocoa, cinnamon, cloves and a few more things. Next time I make this will add a cardamom pod as well for extra kick.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
syrin

Strange… very strange. Is it good though?

Hallieod

I haven’t heard of cocoa hips before! It does sound lovely.

cteresa

Syrin, it is good indeed – though it is for chai, real chai! I will make you some.

Hallie, ohh, do not trust that description too much, I copy pasted from the site (and the owners I think are not native english speakers). Googling for cocoa hips the second search result is precisely this page. maybe they meant cocoa nibs? dunno. it is nice though!

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syrin

Strange… very strange. Is it good though?

Hallieod

I haven’t heard of cocoa hips before! It does sound lovely.

cteresa

Syrin, it is good indeed – though it is for chai, real chai! I will make you some.

Hallie, ohh, do not trust that description too much, I copy pasted from the site (and the owners I think are not native english speakers). Googling for cocoa hips the second search result is precisely this page. maybe they meant cocoa nibs? dunno. it is nice though!

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