Enjoy the colorful flavors of India! This whole herb blend is packed with aroma and warmth. Drink it authentic by adding warm milk, or drink it as it comes, just steep in water. We first learned how to make authentic Masala Chai years ago from a dear friend and neighbor. She would source her ingredients, and hand blend them, slightly grounding them to help release the flavors. That is exactly what we do here. Taking the lead from an incredible woman from India, we do exactly as she would. Creating an authentic and true Chai blend for you.
Add 1 cup warm milk and 1 cup warm water as a traditional tea. Many skip the whole milk and just add warm water, soy milk, or even almond milk. Add a splash of vanilla or honey to mix it up!
We sell this tea in 4 oz and 8 oz loose bags.
Ingredients: Cardamom Pods Star Anise All spice Cinnamon Clove Nutmeg Ginger root Green tea
Chai tea is thought to have been created 5,000 years ago as an herbal remedy in the practice of Ayurvedic alternative medicine. Originally made with just spices and no tea leaves, Indian chai tea was used to stimulate digestion, relieve pain and improve circulation.
When the British colonized India in the 1800s, they began to cultivate the Camellia sinensis tree locally to produce black tea. It was the British who added black tea leaves, milk and sugar to the traditional chai, which is how it is popularly consumed worldwide today.
In India, the act of drinking chai is heavily integrated with daily life. Throughout the country, you can find street vendors known as “chai wallahs” selling freshly brewed masala chai in almost any public area – even on trains and buses! Chai is also commonly consumed at home, usually with breakfast.
Due to the potential health benefits and distinct taste, chai tea has seen an increase in popularity over the past several years. In addition to traditional black tea chai, you can now find different versions of chai, including green tea chai, and rooibos chai. Chai tea can also be found in full-leaf, tea bags or as a chai concentrate.
Caffeine Content of Chai Chai is typically created with black tea, which has less than half the amount of caffeine per cup of a similarly sized cup of coffee. On average, a six-ounce cup of black tea has about 50 milligrams of caffeine, which is less than half the amount in a cup of brewed coffee.
However, chai may also be made using green tea (which contains less than a quarter the amount of caffeine found in a similarly sized cup of coffee) or rooibos, which is naturally caffeine-free. If you are especially sensitive to the effects of caffeine, it is recommended to opt for one of these lower caffeine-content options.