Chai is tea. So if you’re referring to it as “chai tea,” you’re essentially saying “tea tea.”
Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of:
• rich black tea
• whole milk
• a combination of various spices(ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, clove and black pepper are most
• a sweetener
Drinking chai is part of life in India and most Indian’s are amazed at all the current fuss in the West. Many who have traveled in India come away with fond chai drinking experiences. In the past three years we’ve seen a phenomenal growth in the popularity and interest in chai. Chai has become very common at over-the-counter specialty beverage shops and there is a growing line of prepackaged consumer products. Many industry analysts are predicting that chai will eventually become as popular and common as coffee lattes and cappuccinos.
Of course the modern world has elevated chai to new planes of experience–chai lattes, milkshakes, chocolate chai, non-fat, low-cal sweeteners, decaf, and so on.
We prefer traditional freshly made chai: hot, creamy, fragrant with black tea, fresh cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns and enough sugar to bring out the spice flavor. While we personally drink regular tea without sugar, chai must have sweetness or the spices seem to lose their full robustness.
Look around for our Chai and Chai recipes (coming soon)