It was Christmas, January 25 2014. And we were on our way from Delhi to Wayanad. We had had two chai/coffee experiences since the morning. You can read about them here and here. And now we were headed to our homestay in Meenangadi, Wayanad. We were travelling in a local bus, which we had been able to catch with the help of a gentelman, Rajesh, we had met on the plane, who happened to be headed in the same direction as us. So when we got down at Sultan's Battery in Wayanad, from where we were supposed to catch an autorickshaw or a taxi to Meenangadi, he called an autowallah who was known to him to take us to our homestay. We had 10-15 minutes before the autowallah would arrive so he took us to a shop called Mithai at 5-minutes walking distance from the bus stand.
We ordered two cups of chai for Vijay and me and Rajesh ordered a glass of fresh juice. In a few minutes the autowallah too joined us there and Rajesh ordered another chai for him too. He turned out to be Rajesh's cousin. And soon the chai and the juice were delivered.
Following are our observations about the chai:
Serving: Slightly smaller than a teacup.
Temperature: Just hot enough. Not too hot, so as to burn the tongue, and not too cold as well.
Appearance: light orange, slightly too milky
Aroma: Usual aroma of tea, but tea leaves could have been boiled for some more time.
Taste: Average. Nothing too out of ordinary.
Value for money? We don't know, as Rajesh didn't let us pay for our tea. But from our observation of the other items at the restaurant, it would probably have been reasonable.