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With duvet season fully upon us, everyone is looking for a way to stay warm and cozy throughout the onslaught of cold and wet weather. While coffee is a go to for many, people who are trying to forgo the highly caffeinated beverage have few options to choose from.

This is where Vancouver born chai company Aslan Chai comes in. At the end of October Aslan Amini, founder of the company, will be opening a pop-up cafe in the heart of Chinatown where they will be serving perfectly brewed chai teas made from ground whole spices with zero traces of artificial flavours, powders or syrups.

First starting to appreciate chai tea when he first found out about the process, Amini explains how, “While some variations of chai tea comes in tea bags, traditionally a chaiwala will make it in a pot with milk over a flame while the spices brew, just like Aslan Chai.”

In addition to the in-house brewing of Amini’s signature Spicy Chai, there will be also be two limited edition Pumpkin Spice Chai and Cocoa Chai flavours available only at the pop-up cafe as well as gluten-free chai flavoured baked goods.

Aslan Chai

If you’re in Chinatown at the end of this month between October 28th and November 3rd, head to 434 Columbia Street for a warm and spicy cup of authentic chai from Aslan Chai.