Masala Chai is a flavorful tea that captures the essence of traditional Indian flavors, literally translated as "Spiced Tea". With countless variations of recipes, our classic blend is carefully crafted in-house to offer a spicy, full-bodied experience that engages the senses.
The black tea base is a blend of premium teas, including robust Indian Assam CTC and other full-leaf varieties of Indian and African teas, chosen for their rich flavors and depth. This solid foundation combines seamlessly with invigorating spices, as the warmth of ginger root and cinnamon pairs with the distinct notes of cardamom. At the same time, the subtle kick of clove and black pepper adds complexity.
Each sip takes you on a flavorful journey rooted in the warmth and tradition of India's cherished tea culture, reflecting the dedication and passion behind this special infusion.
The CTC in Assam CTC
is an acronym for "Crush, Tear, Curl," and refers to the unique manufacturing process used to produce this strong and bold tea. Unlike regular tea processing methods that preserve the whole leaf, CTC involves macerating the tea leaves into tiny granules. This method yields a robust, full-bodied flavor and a quicker infusion, making Assam CTC a popular choice for Masala Chai blends, as it holds up well against the rich and complex spices and milk.
The origin of "Masala Chai" can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, when it was used as a healing concoction in Ayurvedic medicine. This masala mix did not initially contain any tea leaves, as it was purely a blend of spices and herbs designed to provide various health benefits. It was only after the British introduced tea cultivation to India that black tea leaves were incorporated into the mix, resulting in the modern-day Masala Chai that we know and love.
Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 6 minutes.
This is a more traditional way of making Masala Chai. You can adjust the amount of tea, spices, milk, or sweetener to suit your personal taste. Feel free to experiment and discover your perfect blend!
- In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Add 4 teaspoons of our Masala Chai blend to the boiling water. Reduce the heat to low and let the tea leaves and spices simmer for 5-7 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together and the spices to release their aromas fully.
- After simmering, add 1 cup of milk (or milk alternative) to the saucepan and bring the mixture back to a gentle boil. You can adjust the ratio of milk to water based on your preference for creaminess.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to low again and let the tea simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes.
- If you prefer a sweeter taste, add your choice of sweetener (sugar, honey, or agave syrup) to the saucepan and stir until it dissolves.
- Strain the Masala Chai into your favorite cups or teapot to remove the tea leaves and spices.
- Organic: black tea, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and black pepper