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Types of chai Machines

Making Chai is an involved process and requires one to follow a set process. The process specifies amount of tea leaves to prepare specified number cups, heat setting, amount of water, amount of milk, time of boiling with milk and water etc. On top of it monitoring is required to avoid boil over of Chai thereby making it an involved process. So, at stores the staff prepares Chai in bulk and store in flasks or big urns (heated or non-heated). These urns come in different sizes and a feature of hot water keeping the prepared Chai hot.
  • Premix-based machines

  • This technology is at least 3 decades old technology which works on the principle on mixing hot water with a premix which is a mixture of spray dried ingredients (milk powder, tea and spices) and powdered sugar.  These machines contain a hot water tank and premix storage.  When user presses a button this machine mixes pre-determined quantity of hot water with the premix using a whipper motor and dispenses it in a cup. 

    Pros:

    1. It is extremely quick and dispenses tea in 5 seconds
    2. It supports variety based on the
    3. It inexpensive – a kg of premix costs INR 250-300.

    Cons:

    1. The ingredients are processed and the tea is far from the real tea that Indians love.
    2. Milk powder and sugar stored inside soon invite cockroaches and flies
    3. The spray dried tea is not 100% water soluble so leaves a residue on tongue after consuming
    4. Beverage is not so hot as the water tank thermostat is kept at 70C – 80C to avoid formation of excessive steam

  • Tea bags / dips

  • These machines dispense a mix of hot water and warm milk in a cup.  The user can then grab tea bags and dip them in the cup multiple times till the time and his desire permits.

    Pros:

    1. Supports variety as users can pick different flavoured tea bags

    Cons:

    1. Tea is light and not homogeneous as the tea leaves are not boiled with water or milk
    2. Inconvenient process that requires dipping the tea bags multiple times to make a drinkable beverage.
    3. Because of so much dipping the tea cools down and needs to be either microwaved or steam
    4. Expensive as usually using 2-3 tea bags for a cup has become a norm

  • Pre-prepared Chai stored in Urns

  • Chai is prepared in bulk and stored in flasks or big vessels.  These storage vessels can be heated or non-heated.  The heated ones have two compartments; water is stored in the bottom one and is kept at a specified temperature (usually 70C).  The upper compartment has Chai which is kept hot by the hot water in the bottom compartment. 

    Pros:

    1. Delivery time is quick as there is no need to prepare Chai fresh.  Just open the tap, fill and serve

    Cons:

    1. The stored Chai starts to deteriorate in flavour right from the time it is prepared.  The guideline of time for an abandoned cup depends on various factors.  But definitely the freshness and flavour is gone within a few minutes.
    2. For the heated vessel, the heating is only at the bottom so the heating varies with height of the vessel and so does the Chai even though it was made all together.
    3. So for stores that store pre-prepared Chai, one would feel that the taste is very inconsistent.  The inconsistency stems from two sources 1).  The preparation is inconsistent 2).  The storage time
    4. Cleaning these vessels is time consuming

The Problem of Chai

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Why hardware is hard

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