I may have been off of Steepster for a while, but I haven’t left my teas behind! I actually had to go out and buy a second tin of this and it is almost halfway gone now because of my not so secret obsession this winter: chai!
Yes, I’ve been perfecting my own dry chai spice mix to make an easy and quick stovetop chai for the mornings to try to get myself off of coffee. I have found out that the reason I keep slipping back to coffee is because of the overall savory feel-good mouthfeel I believed is also referred to as umami.
So far I have figured out the spices that I want: cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger being the top three players with nutmeg, pepper, and occasionally clove playing a part depending on what I want for the day. And fresh farmer’s market local honey being the sweetener instead of plain ol’ white sugar.
Normally I don’t have anything against coffee, but I have discovered that when I drink it in the morning, I don’t have any types of tea at all and I am less likely to drink water throughout the day. I have a theory that this is a hold over from when I worked at McDonalds and didn’t have time to drink anything else. So, that is why I’m trying to kick the morning coffee. Besides, chai tastes a whole lot better on the cooler autumn mornings than hot coffee for some reason.