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In the West, chai tends to pop up in all sorts of unlikely places (looking at you, chai lattes), but in India, chai is more than just the word for ‘tea’, it’s a way of life.  

We’re not overstating the point when we say that every facet of Indian society, from beautiful Bollywood starlets to the average Joe in the streets, is completely steeped in the milky sweet spice blend known as ‘chai’. For centuries, morning, noon and night, on trains, in cafes and homes, the country has been constantly enjoying this wonderfully enlivening beverage. For our blend, we’ve opted for a classically-balanced combination of chai tea spices — ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon — that give rise to that indomitable chai flavour.  

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GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR BREW

Packed with rich, fragrant spices and lovely with a splash of milk, we think our chai is an incredible way to awaken your senses and get the day started right. 

To experience its full spicy flavour, our chai tea benefits from a steep time of around 2 to 3 minutes; this will let those vibrant spices really make themselves known. Your brew should have an attractive, clear amber colour and, due to the cornucopia of fragrant spices all jostling for attention, will naturally taste bold and intense. Traditionally, chai is served up sweet and milky to take the edge off those heavy-duty spices.

BEYOND THE BREW: FUN FACTS

 

1. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends 2L and 2.5L fluid intake per day for women and men, respectively.

2. Ruxton CH and Hart VA. Black tea is not significantly different from water in the maintenance of normal hydration in human subjects: results from a randomised controlled trial. Br J Nutr. 106(4): 588-95, 2011..

3. Ruxton CH, Phillips F and Bond T. Is Tea a healthy source of hydration? Br Nutrition Foundation. Nutrition Bulletin, 40, 166-176.

4. US Department of Agriculture Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods Release 3.2. September 2015, slightly revised November 2015. 1 cup of fresh orange contains approx. 37mg, 1 medium sied red apple contains approx. 45 mg, 1 cup of cooked broccoli contains approx. 3 mg.

5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/. .