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Chai: Always Brewed, Never From Concentrate


Chai : Always Brewed


At The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® we are really proud of our chai. Like, scream-ourselves-hoarse-in-the-bleachers-of-our-kid’s-tee-ball-game proud. But if we simply tell you that we always brew our Chai in-store and never use Chai concentrate you may not understand what that means. And we need you to understand how great our Chai and Chai tea lattes really are.


What Is Chai?


Chai is the drink of a continent. This aromatic and deeply relaxing tea was perfected in India, where it is sold on many a street corner and remains the most popular drink in the country. 


Chai from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is spicy and aromatic. We source a full-bodied blend of spices from around the world (thanks, resident tea master David DeCandia). Relish the slightly sweet finish that feels like walking through an open-air spice market with the warmth of the sun on your shoulders. Sipping a cup of chai you’ll feel the excitement in the air of a new adventure, and the rush of discovering your new favorite drink.


What Are the Ingredients of Chai?


The Chai tea lattes at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® start with 13 freshly brewed real ingredients. These include:


  • Black tea leaves

  • Cinnamon

  • Anise seed

  • Cloves

  • Orange peel

  • Ginger root

  • Cardamom seed

  • Star anise

  • Licorice root


These aren’t all of our 13 ingredients, but what kind of company would we be if we spilled all of our secrets on our blog? 


This is the perfect time to mention that the most popular way to order chai at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is our chai tea latte. Chai tea lattes blend hot milk and the spice blends of chai for a unique beverage, removing the standard coffee of typical lattes. Our signature variation uses steamed milk and our French Deluxe™ Vanilla powder.


What Goes With a Chai Tea Latte?


Do you need some delectable breakfast pastries to complement your spice-infused chai tea latte? When you head to your local The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® you can choose from several locally sourced baked goods to bring out the idiosyncratic flavors of chai and provide a complementary taste. We recommend a warm chocolate croissant for a delightful breakfast.


How to Add Caffeine to Your Chai Tea Latte


Contrary to popular myth, black tea leaves pack a considerable punch of caffeine. Ordering a chai tea latte in the early pre-work hours should be enough to put a spring in your step, but some days you really need a concentrated caffeine boost. In this situation order your Chai tea latte dirty with a shot of espresso. This fusion of tea leaves and coffee grinds delivers a smokey finish that is irresistible. 


Sensitive to caffeine?

Try our Chai Rooibos herbal infusion. Sweet and spicy with notes of cinnamon, licorice, clove, citrus and ginger combined with creamy rooibos for a caffeine free infusion.


Travel around the world without leaving the safety of your morning cup of tea when you try a Chai tea latte from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® that’s always freshly brewed.