Event: T2 Chai Tea Masterclass – Meadowhall, Sheffield

Last week we had the honour of being invited to a chai tea masterclass at the T2 Tea store in Sheffield. Having popped in to a couple of the stores a while back in London, we couldn’t wait to return to tea heaven and learn how to make one of our Autumn favourites – chai.

Navigating through Meadowhall when trying to find a specific store can be a maze to say the least, but we knew when we were getting warm from the sensational smell of freshly brewed tea sucking us towards the store. The brightly coloured boxes and equipment means you simply can’t miss it, and once in we were given the warmest of welcomes.

Before we started the masterclass, there were a few samples on display that we just had to try: these were popcorn chai, honeycomb chai and sticky honey chai. We quickly learnt in the masterclass that honey pretty much transforms any of the teas into something that little bit more cosy, warm and dreamy, even if a little bit unhealthier. Therefore, sticky honey was our initial favourite, but having learnt how to brew the Go Go Goa and traditional option, we ended up torn – but that was no bad thing!

Another key thing to mention is that T2 operate dairy free stores to accommodate for all and in the belief that unsweetened soya milk does just the same trick as ordinary milk. We’re both not usually fans of different milk variants, but we admit today that we wouldn’t have thought anything of it when used in these delicious teas.

T2 is an Australian company, slowly spreading throughout the UK and we’re delighted that Sheffield has been chosen as one of their store locations, but of course Chai doesn’t originate from here or down under, but instead from India. It’s a mix of black tea and spices, and the many ingredients you can mix it with leaves you with endless versions of this classic brew.

We learnt how to make chai tea brew in two ways: using one of T2’s own products – their tea brewer, and for those with more common equipment at home, also with the old school pan on the hob. Their products are incredible and evidently made with quality at the forefront. Although they come at a cost, we’re sure any tea lover would greatly appreciate anything from a classic teapot to one of these Ibrik Hammered Chai Pot. These are rare to find outside of India, but we were lucky enough to make our Chai in an even more authentic manner!

First up was the Go Go Goa tea, a vanilla infused sweet tea that was made with another of T2’s products – their tea brewer. Recently featured on the Gadget Show for it’s innovation, it brews the tea leaves in with the water normally, before being placed over a cup after 4 minutes leaving the leaves in the brewer and your fresh tea ready to be mixed with milk and honey to your liking.

It was incredible.

Finally we learnt how to make their original chai in a similar way, but this time over the hob. Once brewed, you simply use a strainer to remove the leaves from the mix of water and milk for honey to be added to it. We actually tried it with and without honey, and as we said, we believe it makes it. But you are completely free to make it how you like in terms of the ratio of water to honey, what type of milk you use, how long it is brewed for and how much honey to add.

We were left very happy and certainly Chai’d out! We were also gifted with a few goodies, a box of our own classic loose leaf chai tea and an infuser. Thank you so much to all at the T2 store and we are so excited to make our own chai tea’s at home.

If you are around Sheffield this week, make sure to pop in to their store to check when their next free masterclass is on and get involved. We promise you have no idea how much there is to learn about tea.

Disclaimer: we were invited to this event, as always all opinons and photos are our own.

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  1. Lisa Dimaline
    October 18, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing I haven't been to Meadowhall for a few years but I'm a huge Tea ☕️ drinker so will definitely be visiting soon!

    • Food and Baker
      October 20, 2017 / 11:33 pm

      Please do, the store is amazing and the service is impeccable!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. Jasmin N
    October 18, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I’m not really a tea person but damn this was an interesting read! Sounds like so much fun & super fascinating. ~ Jasmin N// littlethingswithjassy.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 20, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      But you can change this chai tea into a latte, does that convince you?Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. VelvetBlogs
    October 18, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Usually go for coffee but this looks amazing 😍velvetblogsx.blogspot.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      October 20, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      We're more coffee and classic tea people but chai is just so good, especially as a latte!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. My life in rose tinted glasses
    October 18, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Who knew there were so many versions on chai!!! I love chai tea (prefer chai lattes) but the sticky honey chai seems like it would be right up my street since I add honey to most hot drinks haha!! So great you got sent home with lose leaf tea and an infuser perfect!!! Francesca | mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 20, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      All these chai can easily be mixed as a latte and that's the fun part, the amount of experiements that can be done with loose leaf tea is amazing!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Llinos Thomas
    October 18, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I love chai tea, I got into it a couple of years ago and now it might be my fave tea. This was so interesting, thanks.

    • Food and Baker
      October 20, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Have you tried the different types of chai tea flavours T2 has to offer? We'd highly recommend it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Nele
    October 18, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I love absolutely love to do a masterclass like this! Got a soft spot for chai tea (and chai lattes) and would love to learn more about teas in general :)xxx Nele | http://www.thenavigatio.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 20, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      You should def make a visit to your neater T2 store as I'm sure they'd be more than willing to explain so much more about tea than we can!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. abbeylouisarose
    October 21, 2017 / 5:56 am

    I've only recently gotten into drinking tea which is probably terrible hahah! I'm not a true Brit because it's not seriously milky breakfast tea, instead I prefer fruit teas but I'm hoping you'll forgive me! 😉 Vanilla infused sweet tea does sound amazing though and something I'd love to try, lucky you to be invited to sucha fab event!Abbey 🍂 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      October 21, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Fruit teas are still good, so all is forgiven but if fruit teas are your thing, T2 is the place to be. They have all sorts of fruit teas and gadgets!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. Kate Winthrop
    October 22, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Oooh T2 is massive in Melbourne so I actually saw their shop when I was over there a few weeks ago! I had no idea they did masterclasses though, I'm totally going to check this out and see if there's one local to me in London. Sounds like you had a fab time! Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      October 22, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      There's a T2 in Westfield but I'm not 100% sure if they do masterclasses but it's worth checking in store!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. Lifethrough Tsg
    October 26, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Ooh this sounds so cool! As I'm from Doncaster, I am a frequent Meadowhall visiter when I am home. I don't think I've ever been in this store before, but I'll be sure to pop in next time I'm there!Love,Hayley xLifethroughtsg.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 27, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Omg really? So didn't know that – you'd really love this shop if you love tea!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Ashlee Moyo
    October 27, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    LOVE T2! They have the most amazing Strawberries and Cream tea, I got it for my birthday one year and I love it. Chai Tea is amazing! I might have to try some soon, this is definitely the season for it.Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com :

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Oooh interesting, will have to try that one! Yes, def the season for it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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