chai ka­hani

India Today - - COVER STORY -

APASSION FOR TEA led wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Vikas Reddy, 25, to launch his tea cafe, Chai Ka­hani in 2016, begin­ning with a small kiosk. “The city was brim­ming with cafes that fo­cused mostly on cof­fee. I wanted to open a place that spe­cialises in tea so that more peo­ple in the city are in­tro­duced to the lesser known va­ri­eties,” says Reddy, as he gets ready to open the sixth branch of Chai Ka­hani.

“Karo chai pe char­cha,” says his web­site and his cafes are ac­tu­ally per­fect for that—ex­clu­sive and fuss-free, with a cer­tain earthy ap­peal. Bring along a book or a date for a unique tea ex­pe­ri­ence here. “Why should cou­ples go out only on cof­fee dates. There's much to bond over a fra­grant cup of chai,” he says. Other than a va­ri­ety of In­dian teas, in­clud­ing cin­na­mon and al­mond, there's a se­lec­tion of more than 18 va­ri­eties sourced from China. Be­sides pop­u­lar flavours such as jas­mine and pep­per­mint, you can find the unique cof­fee bean tea which is brewed with a sub­tle cof­fee hint.

The In­dian chai is served with In­dian snacks like idlis and dosas, while the herbal va­ri­eties and iced teas are paired with waf­fles and pan­cakes, “for that desi and videshi dis­tinc­tion,” says Reddy.

Vikas Reddy, owner, Chai Ka­hani Price for two `400 plus taxes At Fifth Av­enue, Sainikpuri De­tails chaika­hani.com

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