Sometimes you really want a good coffee, but that doesn't mean you have to give up your chai. Our favorite drink to splurge on? A dirty chai latte! Adding a shot of espresso to your Loomi chai latte gives it a caffeine kick. Even better, the bitterness of the coffee is ideal for rounding off the subtle sweetness of the cream.
What is a dirty chai latte?
Chai latte is a blend of traditional masala chai, a spiced milky tea from India, and frothy milk steamed like a latte. In its "dirty" version, it adds a shot of espresso. The story goes that the dirty chai latte was accidentally invented in England in the 1990s, when a barista making a chai latte mistakenly added a shot of espresso. He loved it and continued to use it.
How to make a dirty chai latte:
Preparing a dirty chai latte involves three basic steps:
- Prepare an espresso. Use your favorite method!
- Add the Loomi chai latte.
- The last step is to froth the milk!
The most correct term for Indian tea blend is masala chai. The word masala refers to a mixture of spices used in cooking.
The most important part of a dirty chai latte: frothing the milk! This is where you will need a bit of technique. Here are some tips for getting the perfect froth on a dirty chai latte.
The best milk for a chai latte? Use semi-skimmed or whole milk if you like a richer latte. Do not use skimmed milk, as it does not foam enough. Simply heat the milk until it's warm to the touch and little bubbles are starting to form on the outside, but it's not yet simmering.
Use a French press, a hand frother or a whisk. You can also use a hand frother or simply whisk the milk vigorously.
Want to make a vegan dirty chai latte?
No problem ! Our favorite way to make a vegan latte is with oat milk. It produces a nice foam, almost like cow's milk! It also has a creamy and neutral taste. Although the foam is not as thick as cow's milk, it is still very good.