A Brief History of Chai Tea

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When your pour a cup of chai tea, you’re treated to a delicious experience. A creamy blend of honey, vanilla, black tea, and exotic spices, it’s a wonderful and relaxing drink whether served hot or cold.

In addition to being a mainstay on countless menus, chai tea has an interesting history that goes far beyond your local coffee shop. In fact, it’s been around for over 5,000 years. According to legend, chai tea made its debut in the ancient courts of Siam and India, created by a king who used it as a cleansing drink with healing powers. The first chai tea, known as masala tea, was made with a range of spices, didn’t contain any tea leaves, and was actually caffeine free.

That all changed in the early 1900s, when the Indian Tea Association, owned by Britain, arrived in India, bringing with them a deep, cultural love for black tea. The locals began to combine black tea with masala chai to stretch the ingredients, since black tea was very expensive and hard to get. Soon this hybrid drink, known today as chai tea, was more popular than ever.

Now chai tea is a favorite beverage all over the world, and there are many variations on how its prepared and served. In the US, chai tea has received a lot of attention from chains like Starbucks and Teavana, as well as brands like Tazo. The combination of sweet and spicy has been embraced across America, and chai is a huge reason tea sales are slowly but surely growing. This is one of the reasons Java Estate offers a number of chai products to coffee shops and restaurants who want to put this delicious and storied drink on their menus.

If you prefer liquid concentrates, we carry Oregon Chai Tea Latte, TAZO Chai Tea Latte, Torani Chai Traditional Concentrate, and DaVinci Tea Concentrate. These convenient and delicious options are an easy way to make a great chai latte—simply add milk and serve hot or over ice. No refrigeration necessary until the package is opened! As DaVinci puts it, “make fabulous teas in a snap!”

Java Estate also carries powered chai tea latte mixes by well known and well respected brands, such as Big Train Chai Tea Latte and Cappuccine Chai Tea Latte. These powders can be easily blended to make a delicious and relaxing drink your customers will love.

Chai tea has been a staple for thousands of years. Make sure you’re serving the best with the help of Java Estate.