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How to Make a Chai Latte

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How to Make a Chai Latte

In India, the word “chai” literally translates to “tea.” Yes, that means chai tea latte technically translates to tea tea latte. But the two phrases are interchangeable in the US, so don’t worry too much about which way to say it.


Chai lattes are a popular drink choice for tea lovers and coffee drinkers looking to enjoy a warming tea beverage. Whatever category you fall into, learning how to make a chai latte at home will come in handy for those days you don’t want to leave the house but crave a barista-worthy chai latte.


What is in a Chai Latte?

Chai tea is a black tea blend that has been used in India for centuries. It contains spices that are thought to have natural healing powers, which may help boost your immune system.


The flavor of chai comes from many spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, fennel, and black pepper. Some versions may also include spices like coriander seeds and star anise.


Chai lattes are created by combining tea and milk. The delicious blend of spices and herbs found in chai are mixed with frothy steamed milk and added sugars, resulting in a perfectly sweet and spicy flavor combination.


The Best Tea for Chai Latte

Loose-leaf black tea and bagged black tea are both excellent for brewing chai for lattes at home. Our Chai makes the process extremely convenient, as you don’t have to make Chai from scratch – our tea already contains the prominent spices that give chai tea its distinct taste.


How to Make a Chai Latte at Home

Wondering how to make Chai lattes with tea bags at home? To make one serving, check out the easy recipe below and start brewing!



  • 2 tea bags of Chai
  • 1/4 cup just under boiling water
  • 3/4 cup whole milk (or oat milk)
  • Vanilla powder, sugar or honey to taste (optional)
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg to sprinkle on top (optional)



  • Steep Chai according to package directions. 
  • Warm milk in a pan, then whisk with a frother.
  • Combine the milk and Chai and, to sweeten, add Vanilla powder (or honey or sugar) to taste.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.


If you’re looking for how to make iced chai lattes for a refreshing drink on a hot day, skip heating the milk and froth it cold. Pour in a tall glass filled with ice before sipping.


Making Chai lattes at home is not only convenient but also allows you to experiment with the level of sweetness and the type of milk used, so you can create a Chai latte that’s perfectly suited to your liking! Plus, you can choose to make a hot or cold chai latte, depending on the weather and what you’re craving.  



Get your one-touch electric milk frother and chai black tea at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® and start making delicious chai tea lattes at home any day of the week!