The Chai Cart was created by Sam Blackburn, a QUT Industrial Design graduate who has a passion for Chai and wanted to see the real thing available in the city. Shortly after graduating, he embarked upon a journey to turn the concept of a street cart Chai vendor into a real business.
After designing the original cart at the end of 2012 and constructing it in the early months of 2013, The Chai Cart was ready to meet Brisbane. Kelvin Grove Village Markets was the debut site for the cart and so began the long process of perfecting the art!
Soon we began doing festivals too, with the Festival of Australian Theater our first! Since then we have supplied Chai to the music lovers at Splendour in the Grass, the grass lovers at Mardi Grass, the Lantern lovers at the Lismore Lantern Parade and yoga lovers at Yoga Fest.
In June we moved into a shop in the CBD for the winter months. This helped us build an audience in the city and show people how great real chai is.
From October to the end of November, we served Chai out of one of our carts in front of Urbane Restaurant at 181 Mary St. This finally made the dream of real street chai in the city into a reality! We continued trading until November in that location.
In October 2014 we began trading at the Boundary St Markets in West End on a weekly basis and continued to trade the ABSOE site until the markets moved.
We continued to trade at the the Boundary St Markets in West End until beginning our next stage.
Our most recent development has been to set up a semi permanent cart at the Victoria Bridge Abutment in South Brisbane. We operate from Monday to Saturday and serve our Chai along with delicious woodfire roasted Coffee supplied by Mt Glorious Coffee Co.
We hope to continue to move forward in our quest to provide as many people as we can with our delicious slow brew chai and will keep you all updated on our adventures through our facebook and instagram.