Chai Tea

A recipe for exotic escape, chai tea delivers the flavorful benefits of imperial spices and premium tea leaves in every cup. What is the best way to mix and prepare chai tea? The traditional method involves simmering the tea bags with water, milk, and honey to result in a cup that sings with rich flavor. Try a perfectly-spiced chai latte – with premium ingredients, this tea will take you on a journey.

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Chai Tea

What is chai tea?

Chai tea is a flavorful beverage that contains black tea, imperial spices, milk and sweetener. The word “chai” is actually the Hindi word for tea, and may be used to refer to any variety of tea in India. In western cultures, when someone uses the phrase “chai tea” they usually mean “masala chai,” which translates to “spiced tea” in Hindi. This is the beloved spicy, milky beverage that can be found in almost every coffee shop and tea house across North America.

What does chai tea taste like?

Masala chai features a number of aromatic warming spices, which gives the beverage its rich, spicy-sweet flavor. Traditionally, a splash of warm milk and honey are added to the tea, which delivers a welcome sweetness and creamy consistency. Depending on how it is prepared, this tea may be full-bodied and heavily spiced or smooth and sweet. The beauty of chai tea is that it can be customized to suit any palate.

Where did chai tea originate?

The earliest version is believed to have originated more than 5,000 years ago in India. For centuries, chai contained a potent mixture of spices, but no tea leaves. It was not until the 1800s, when the British colonized India and began cultivating the Camellia sinensis plant, that black tea leaves and sugar were added. Today, chai tea usually contains fine black tea grown in Northern India.

What are the ingredients in chai tea?

In India, the exact ingredients used to prepare chai tea can vary greatly by region. Chai usually contains a strong black tea such as Darjeeling or Assam, but green teas and red teas can also be used for a unique twist. Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and peppercorns are the traditional spices feature. Other imperial spices such as star anise, nutmeg and fennel may also be used. Some tea drinkers prefer to drink their chai tea as-is, while others add hot milk and sweetener.

How is chai tea prepared?

Steeping chai tea is easy. You may prepare it using either loose leaf chai tea or tea bags. Simply heat fresh, filtered water to a rolling boil, then pour over the tea leaves. After steeping for 3-5 minutes, remove the tea bags or infuser, then serve. Add milk and sweetener as desired. If you wish to prepare chai in the traditional way, simmer the chai tea bags with water, milk and honey over the stovetop.

How much caffeine is in chai tea?

The caffeine content will depend on the type of base tea that is used. Black tea contains less than half the amount of caffeine per cup of a similarly sized cup of coffee (roughly 50 milligrams). Green tea contains less than a quarter of the amount of tea found in coffee, and red tea (also known as rooibos) is naturally caffeine-free.

What are the health benefits of chai tea?

Many of the spices that are used in chai tea have also been used for centuries by Ayurvedic healers to combat a wide range of conditions.* Chai spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves are rich in antioxidants. These spices are believed to aid digestion, helps soothe upset bellies and assists with reducing occasional inflammation.* The mild caffeine content of the tea also provides a gentle energizing effect.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.