Learn the Art of Chai at Home

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to take your chai game to the next level from the comfort of your home!

2 hours Class size 1 to 6 (public dates), 4 to 10

label $80 - $120 (or 4 payments of $20 - $30 Afterpay)
($80 for Class only, no box, $120 for Class and box)

How it works
Book or Request your preferred time
We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Details   
Shipping is free, and it should arrive within 2 to 4 business days for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra; 4 to 9 days elsewhere. We ship nationwide. International shipping is also available for private groups, please enquire for pricing details.
Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the class. Details   

During the class, you can ask questions and get feedback.

Zoom is free and easy to use, on any device. You're in control of your privacy - you can mute yourself and hide your webcam if and when you prefer.

Join Australia leading chai and spice educator to learn the about the history of Indian tea, the flavours around it and how to up your chai game to the next level!

This live streaming Art of Chai class is an exploration into the origins of this spiced tea, which is deep-rooted in Indian and Ayurvedic culture. Hosted by Australia's leading chai expert, Uppma Virdi from Chai Walli, this class will equip you with the right skills to truly understand authentic masala chai.

She will guide you through the complex flavours of chai and how chai is traditionally brewed, which all adds to the mystery surrounding this famed drink, an essential in Indian culture and now having gained a strong following in the Western world. To understand what chai actually is, we will explore its culture, taste, ingredients and brewing methods.

By the end of this live online class you will be able to:

  • Understand the history and culture of chai in India.
  • Identify the key steps to creating a balanced chai blend - bringing together black tea and specific spices for both their taste and healing properties.
  • Identify and taste different varieties of chai and understand how the brewing method is a vital part of the chai process.
  • Be fully equipped to brew chai at home using traditional Indian methods.

This one-and-a-half-hour to two hour class is facilitated by Uppma who is the granddaughter of an Ayurvedic doctor who specialised in Indian spices and remedial chai. Her rich Indian upbringing involved playing and experimenting with Indian herbs and spices. Chai was simply a part of daily life.

Uppma and her team at Chai Walli are dedicated to the cultural preservation of the art of chai and the ritual of Indian tea. They have won many awards for their outstanding blends and their unique flavour compositions, which are a tribute to Uppma's family recipes.

This live streaming class will tantalise all your senses as you will be able to see, touch, smell and (of course!) taste, authentic Indian chai with a kit delivered to you beforehand. Uppma will deliver this class in a fun, open and comfortable approach for you to learn all about chai; the beloved national drink of India!

This class is perfect if you're searching for unique indoor activities or things to do at home during winter.

Please note this class may run over one-and-a-half hours to two hours due to Q&A at the end.

Lastly, if an additional person attending from your household and they do not need a kit please choose the add on "Additional Attendee - No Kit" for them.

Add-ons available for this class
  • Chai Natural Infused Soap (Australian Made) ($8)
  • "Stop Saying Chai Tea" Tote Bag ($10)
  • Additional Attendee (No Kit) ($40)
  • Chai Lovers Pack (Mixture of six of Chai Walli's best selling blends, 20 serves of each item come in each bag. Australian made) ($80)
  • Chai infused Chocolate Bar (Australian Made) ($12) ($14)
  • Chai Brewing Saucepan ($40)
  • Chai infused Chocolate Bar (Australian Made) ($14)
  • Sticky Chai with Honey 250g (Australian made) ($25)
  • 11 Spice Chai 500g (100 serves of Chai Walli's Best Selling Blend) ($68)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
No prior knowledge needed! Just an open mind to learning new skills, knowledge and information.
What you'll get in your craft kit
In your chai making box (valued at $50) you will receive all the tools you require to make mean cup of masala chai, including:
  • 1 x 11 Spice Chai 100g Bag
  • 1 x Turmeric Latte Mini Bag
  • 1 x Caffeine Free 11 Spice Chai Mini Bag
  • 1 x Lemongrass Chai Mini Bag
  • 1 x Golden Chai Mini Bag
  • 1 x Chai Strainer
  • 1 x Jaggery 100g (Indian natural sugar)
  • 1 x Chai Dessert Recipe Cards
  • 1 x Bookmark

Shipping is complimentary in Australia.
What you'll need
You'll get all your ingredients in this pack, but some extra things you'll need to bring include:
  • A saucepan
  • Some water
  • Some milk of your choice
  • A mug for drinking your chai
  • Some cookies to dip into your chai!
Suitable for

This Box and Live class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or Xmas gift.

Your teacher
Chai Walli
Chai Walli

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Uppma is the granddaughter of an Ayurvedic doctor who specialised in herbs and spices. She is a first generation Indian Australian migrant who left her career as a lawyer to follow her passion to share her ancient family recipes with the world.

Frustrated with the lack of authenticity, she started Chai Walli to educate people on the genuine beauty of Indian teas and spices that her grandfather gifted her with.

Uppma grew up with her mother’s love of cooking ingrained in her veins. She uses her innate senses to balance spices according to their Ayurvedic elements and teach others the Art of Chai.

Leading a team of passionate individuals, Uppma runs her small Australian business with deep values. All the blends are formulated and created by Uppma using her love of natural wholesome ingredients and family recipes.

We are grateful that we can share our ritual of chai and our art of creating beautiful blends with you. Thank you for choosing to support artisan makers like us. Your love for quality handcrafted products means that we get to share cultural heritage and age old techniques in a modern light with you and many others.

We care deeply about the suppliers we work with. We choose to have a tea farm to tea cup policy, which allows us to support some truly amazing tea estates in India producing organic and fair trade teas.

Our humble beginnings started with Uppma blending spices in her parent’s basement recreating her grandfather’s blends. Today, we are proud to have several award winning and well renowned masala chai and spice blends which are experienced by our amazing customers all around the world.

So come, join Uppma, Australia's leading educator in all things flavour, spice and tea.

Verified reviews

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Shireen Lenormand Sep 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

What a fabulous way to spend 2 hours on a cold, rainy Sunday in Melbourne - connecting with others over the art of chai, and cradling a warm mug of fragrant deliciousness at the end! I loved this class with Uppma, who was so generous with her knowledge and passion for this ancient art and tradition. Her approach means this class is great for complete beginners to those who are already experimenting with their own blends, and the class kit was so beautifully packaged and of the highest quality. I've been enjoying multiple cups of chai a day since the class and can't recommend the class and ClassBento highly enough! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Jacqui Roberts Sep 2021

I have thoroughly enjoyed this class. Uppma is so generous with her time and knowledge. Looking forward to any further classes to expand my knowledge and interests in the world of Chai. Thank you so much Uppma. Would definitely recommend this class.

Bree Gaudette Sep 2021

Lovely and informative host! Uppma is a natural and delightful to learn from. Will be taking more of her classes!

Emma Morris Sep 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Uppma was so knowledgeable and friendly
I was having a bad mental health day, but she made me feel right at ease

Helen Patrice Sep 2021

Wonderfully informative, with a potted history of tea, and spices, presented by a lovely person. The chai samples were delicious and plentiful, and the chai-making fun. A pleasant 2 hours that lightened lockdown.

Felicity Webb Sep 2021

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning
Lots of knowledge and experiences shared over delicious Chai
Thank you

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Jocelyn Hockley Sep 2021

Amazing class, Uppma has so much history about tea that was really interesting to learn and her passion for tea is very evident. Higly reccommend this class.

Erica Blakslee Sep 2021

What a terrific way to spend a morning! Chai Walli founder, Uppma, is incredibly knowledgeable and made the class informative and lots of fun. I walked away with tons of new understanding about tea and spices, and practiced some important techniques to improve my chai brew. I highly recommend this workshop.

Christine Hasiuk Sep 2021

Loved the course. Uppma was very knowledgeable. Learnt alot regarding Chai Tea. Recommend the course

Yayang Shaw Sep 2021

Very informative. The session enhanced my understanding of the chai making process and awareness of the variety of spices and how they can be used.

Anthony Harding Sep 2021

Great class, very informative with a passionate teacher. Would recommend this to others interested in Chai.

Kristy Micallef Aug 2021

Absolutely loved making my own chai whilst guided by Uppma, I could ask questions in real time and show her my brewing progress and get tips along the way. Learning how to brew it via stove top is a skill that I'll be perfecting whilst in and out of lockdown. It's so nice learning about different spices and getting the opportunity to ask questions about how to use them. I had a great time, and got to (virtually) meet fellow chai lovers from around Australia too. It was such a lovely start to my week ahead.

Matilda Hillam Aug 2021

60 ClassBento workshops attended • 25 reviews

Uppma from Chai Walli ran an incredible at home introduction to the art of chai. Definitely one of the best classes I’ve done. A beautiful insight into traditional culture.

Learn the Art of Chai at Home review by Matilda Hillam Sydney

James Dalton Aug 2021

20 ClassBento workshops attended • 13 reviews

It was such a pleasure to explore the origins of chai with a leading chai expert like Uppma Virdi from Chai Walli. The Art of Chai class was the most wonderful experience to deepen my own understanding of authentic masala chai. Uppma guided us through the varieties and flavours of chai, its history and culture, which Indian herbs and spices are traditionally used as well as their uses in Ayurvedic culture, and how to blend and brew the perfect cup (in the most perfect chai saucepan!). The most interesting part of the class was hearing Uppma talk about the creation of Chai Walli, the beginnings of the 'Chai Crusaders' movement against bad chai.

Uppma is just an amazing being and her passion and knowledge of spices is second to none.

I’ve been making and drinking chai for decades, and never really knew how to brew it to perfection. Now that I do, I can’t stop drinking it. It’s not even been three days and I’ve finished two whole packets!

Do yourself a favour and take this course. Buy the extra chai packets, because you will need them. The saucepan is a must also.

Thank you again Uppma for an amazing afternoon and for imparting all of your knowledge.

Learn the Art of Chai at Home review by James Dalton

Kazuhiro Iwama Aug 2021

It was great time for me to participate in the workshop bringing me into the world of chai authenticity. It was not only tasting and enjoying chai but also learning about spices composing Chai Walli blends. Thank you for the great opportunity, Uppma! Kazu

Julia Leimanis Aug 2021

I highly recommended this class. Uppma has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to spices and chai. The class is heaps of fun and really informative. Thank you

Tea workshop review by Julia Leimanis

Natalie O'Halloran Aug 2021

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews

Such a fun workshop! The chai kit was beautifully put together and full of goodies. The teacher was so warm and helpful, with lots of tips and tricks. So lovely of her to arrange weekly chai group catchups too

Dawn Uchida Aug 2021

This class exceeded expectations, Uppma was so wonderful teaching us about the history and origins of tea and Chai in India, all the beautiful spices and their Ayurvedic properties before guiding us through making our own Chai. Highly recommend this class to anyone interested in not just learning how to make Chai but all the amazing culture and history that makes it so special. Thanks so much for the wonderful workshop Uppma! :)

Jan Weston Aug 2021

Uppma delivered a fun and informative class for those that are interested in the history of Chai and brewing your own authentic Masala Chai. I particularly enjoyed learning the therapeutic properties of spices from an Ayurvedic perspective and how to create different blends. It was a entertaining couple of hours I can highly recommend.
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