OUR HANDMADE CHAI, MADE IN MELBOURNE

In their four years travelling the globe, Vincent Conti and Mario Minichilli discovered authentic masala tea throughout Asia. Upon returning to Australia they opened a café in St Kilda and began developing a chai blend inspired by those they’d fallen in love with in India. As they perfected their recipe, customers grew to love their chai and fate brought about a friendship with Koray Gencel.

Prana Chai was born!

Meet the founders

Vincent

Love to travel
Eat amazing food
Enjoy people’s company
Love competitive sports
Love this company and what it means to others and also the smile People get when they talk about prana chai and how it’s a part of their daily routine. Luv it!!!

Mario

I am 28 years old, super fit and like sky diving, fire breathing and my new found past time of juggling infant cougars while walking a tightrope! No just kidding. I'm a middle-aged bald man that loves travel and spending time with my family. I feel blessed and very lucky to be working at Prana Chai because, well, it's not work. I really love the team and that we consider each other family. The product has many positive effects on people and their businesses so it's a real pleasure to share.

Koray

Camus, Fowles, Marquez, Auster and Pamuk type of guy who loves his family, friends and all types of sports. Especially basketball. That's all you need to know at this stage :-) Happy to tell you more if you visit us at the factory.

Meet the team

Sandra

Sandra. Also known as the European Chai Queen. If I’m not in downward dog, you can probably find me painting or trying new vegan recipes for the occasional feast with my loved ones. I enjoy spending time in nature and making music with my better half. The Prana Chai family has shown me that it is possible to have the ultimate dream job and it has given me wonderful new family members all around the globe. And nothing gets better than this.

Simon

Some call me Simon but my friends call me Chaiman.
In my spare time I love fishing, Sailing, Cooking, Holidaying, Eating out, drinking coffee, socialising with friends and taking part in the occasional swimsuit modelling photoshoot but these days a lot of that his been put aside to spend time with wife & my two beautiful daughters.

Working for Prana Chai over the past 6 years has given me the opportunity to travel to many destinations around the world whilst having a laugh and introducing an amazing product to equally amazing people that I now call friends.

Jayde

Jayde aka the girl-boss of Prana Chai Korea & Prana Chai global community manager. 

I am super grateful for the amazing opportunity and the team that I've been sharing the journey with. I miss the Melbourne coffee, yoga scenes, creative community, avocado on toast, Sunday farmers market, enjoying the sunshine at the beach and all my friends back in Melbourne.

Suin Lee

It's myself showing off a big bag full of clothes I got from a vintage market. Yep, I'm a simple kind of person who can be happy with little things. Haha.

Meghan

I'm Megan and I love to have a good laugh and am definitely not afraid of a good dress up party! My normal week consists of wrangling my cherubs to school and their activities and chatting to the Prana family across the oceans. Japan, America, UK, EU, AUS - the list of places goes on. People are loving the goodstuff and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Prana team

Marcus

After years in the speciality coffee industry and being known only as 'Coffee' I am steadily becoming McChai. The journey with Prana has allowed me to build on my food and beverage passion. I love to stay active and healthy so I can eat all day. If anyone is looking to hire a food critic please let me know. 

Favourite quote: Reality is stranger than fiction

Amelia

My name's Amelia, my friends call my Milly. When I'm not spreading the Prana love to the west, you can find me hanging out with friends, at the gym or spending time with my dog. I like all types of fitness but especially boxing and I Iove learning new things. I'm so grateful to be part of the Prana team because not only is it a job, it's a family. 

Brian

I joined the team in 2014 to bring Prana Chai to North America, although my history with the Prana family dates back to 2001 when I crossed paths with a pair of Aussies (eventual brand founders) while traveling in Africa. Fast forward almost 20 years and I'm grateful to represent a unique product alongside old friends and new ones on our growing global team. My wife, daughter and I are based in Portland OR, from where we enjoy local and international travel, the great outdoors, and an excellent selection of roasteries, breweries and food trucks. 

Kotaro

Joined the team in 2016. Now share the love of Prana Chai to Japan! Back in 2011, I started working for one of the coffee shops in Melbourne and I met a bowl head barista working behind a machine with me, I was steaming up milk, and he was pulling shots (and he was watching cricket game on his phone.Even though 20ppl waiting for coffee..). This barista was Mario. Simply I felt in love with the chai since Mario showed me how it's made. And I decided to come back to Japan to share this beautiful stuff for Japanese people! There was no culture in japan having chai in the menu at specialty coffee shops like Melbourne. Now. I am so grateful for opening another door for Japanese cafe users!

"Don't worry Folks! Even you don't really like coffee there is delicious healthy chai waiting for you!" Kotaro

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