Meet Uppma Virdi: Australia’s businesswoman of the year

Uppma Virdi, a 26 year old girl, from Chandigarh, recently made the whole country proud by winning the coveted Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) in Sydney last week. She achieved this great feat by simply turning her love for Indian tea (chai) into a business she wanted to propagate across continents.

“My grandfather is an Ayurvedic doctor and he used to make this Ayurvedic tea at his medical dispensary. He taught me the art of Ayurvedic tea. Wherever I go I make tea… My parents’ number one request is ‘Uppma, make some tea.’ When my brother got married, I think I would have made a thousand cups of tea for all the guests. Even when I went overseas to Austria on a scholarship, I used to make tea for everyone. It was a way of bringing people together.” – Uppma Virdi

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She was working as a lawyer at a firm when suddenly the idea of opening up her chai shop appealed to her. She started her tea business called “Chai Walli” which translates to female tea seller almost two years back. Proud of the Indian style of making tea, she wanted to share her culture with everyone across Australia as well. Slowly, her business started gaining popularity and soon became one of the biggest in the country. That propelled her to become one of the most successful business people.



Currently, Virdi has an online store from which people worldwide can make purchases. All the blends on the website are natural, organic, devoid of sugar, vegan, gluten-free, ayurvedic and grown organically. The lists of products available on the website include:

  • Organic Assam Tea
  • Chai
  • Chai Caffeine Free
  • Herbal Tea
  • Jaggery
  • Chai Pot
  • Kettles & Strainers
  • Chai Candles
  • Chai greeting cards
  • Chai apparel
  • Monsieur Truffe Chai Chocolate

She also conducts “The art of Chai” workshops which help people learn the correct way of brewing chai.

To avail wonderful blends and know more about chai, log on to https://chaiwalli.com.au

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Aspiring start-up writer who loves traveling. I'm also a self-confessed potterhead and a professional bathroom singer who likes to bake and devour hazelnut shakes in my free time.

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