26 year old Uppma Virdi, aka ‘Chai Walli’ became Australia’s Business Woman of the Year 2016

7 November 2016

Uppma Virdi, more famous as a Chai Walli then a lawyer.

26 year old Uppma was born in Chandigarh. After her initial studies, she went to Australia to study law.

She says that in the Indian culture people come together through tea. Whether it’s a happy occasion or a difficult moment, tea is all pervasive. She tried, but couldn’t find many good tea places in Australia. That’s when the business idea was born. She decided to take it into her own hands and start her own tea business to share the Indian culture of tea.

While doing her day job at a law firm, Uppma started her tea business ‘Chai Walli’.

My grandfather is an Ayurvedic doctor and he used to make Ayurvedic tea at his medical dispensary. He taught me the art of Ayurvedic tea. She told SBS Australia

Her real aim is to educate the Australian society about the Indian culture through tea. She also runs “The art of Chai” workshops to teach people how to brew the perfect chai.

She has recently won the prestigious title of Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) at a glittering ceremony in Sydney.


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