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Pumpkin Cream Chai...

"The flavor profile is amazing! It has a slight spicy kick as a chai should. I also like that it is caffeine free so I can have some at night and not worry about being kept awake. The next cup I'll be taking Kathy's suggestion and adding a little Bailey's to it!"

Yolanda
A Traditional Preparation Method
1. In a 2-qt saucepan, add spices to 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat; let steep for 5-20 minutes, depending on how strong a spice flavor you want.

2. Add 4-6 cups of whole milk to the water and spices. If you don't have whole milk, you can also use non-fat or low-fat milk, just add some cream to it, a few tablespoons. Bring the milk and spice mixture just to a boil and remove from heat.

3. Add the tea to the milk and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes to taste. (Option at this point - reheat to a simmer and remove from heat.) You can add sugar at this point, or serve without sugar and let people put the amount of sugar in they want. Traditionally, sugar is added before serving.

4. Strain into a pot. Serve. Add sugar to taste.
In India "chai" means tea. But in the West it refers to a spiced Indian-style tea which includes tea with traditional Indian spices and milk. The popularity of chai tea is spreading rapidly here in the U.S. and has taken on some changes.

There is also a growing body of evidence showing that the tea in chai has numerous health benefits. Tea polyphenols have been linked in research to increased attention and focus (Theanine), cardiovascular health, protection against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and even may have the potential to alter cancer genetics. Additionally, the spices in Chai Tea have various health benefits, and have been used for thousands of years.

A typical cup of chai tea contains around 40mg of caffeine compared to roughly 120mg in an average cup of coffee. However, the caffeine in tea works differently due to the interaction with the tannin found in tea. This interaction has a calming effect on the nervous system. This causes the caffeine to be absorbed much more slowly, avoiding the caffeine "shock" and inducing a calm, relaxed yet focused state characteristic of alpha brain wave patterns. Many people find they can even have chai in the evening without it disturbing their sleep. If you are highly sensitive to caffeine, however, you may want to try a rooibos based chai, as it is naturally caffeine free.

Unlike basic tea, chai tea has considerably more body and flavor so it is a perfect coffee substitute. Also, unlike plain teas, chai tea tends to be stronger and bolder, enhanced by the spices. Try chai for a week. We think you just might like it!

Chai is typically made with black tea, but also available with green tea, rooibos and yerba mate. Green tea has less caffeine than black tea, and greater amounts of EGCg, a strong anti-oxidant. Rooibos is a caffeine-free variety often preferred for its additional health benefits. Yerba mate is another possible variation, known for it's own health benefits. It is generally thought that it is the combination of tea and spices that make chai such a favorable and healthy drink.
Cha Cha Chai
Origin: India
Fair Trade Certified
Rich, warming and generous, the tea that was designed to compliment milk and good enough to stand alone. Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, and Organic Black Tea Rich, warming and generous. Irresistible with a touch of honey. Traditional Indian tea delicious anytime. Popular and rich alternative to the simpler tea flavors, this Chai is a blend of organic black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world.
Mandela Masala
Origin: S. Africa
Fair Trade Certified
Rich, warm, spicy & caffeine-free, this blend makes a fabulous Chai ~ prepare as you would traditional Chai....you might not taste any difference! Designed to compliment milk and good enough to stand alone. Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, and Organic Rooibos. Irresistible with a touch of honey. Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.
Marrakech Chai
Origin: Blend
Fair Trade Certified
Exotic, light & refreshing, a stand alone that happily takes milk. Green tea-based Chai ~ try something different, you'll be pleasantly surprised! Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, and Organic Green Tea. Rich, warming and generous. Irresistible with a touch of honey. Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.
Moulin Rouge Chai
Origin: Blend
Chocolatey, spicy and deep. A unique chai recipe with a smoky touch, the tea that was designed to compliment milk and good enough to stand alone. Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, Vanilla and Organic Black Tea Rich, warming and generous. Irresistible with a touch of honey. Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.
Pumpkin Cream Chai
Origin: Blend
Pumpkin flavor, creamy and spicy rich, warm and caffeine-free, this blend makes a fabulous Chai, prepare as you would traditional Chai. Designed to compliment milk and good enough to stand alone. Makes a delectable desert drink. Try it with a touch of Bailey’s Irish Cream for special treat. Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.
Xocatlatl Chai
Origin: Blend
Fair Trade Certified
Tea, chai and chocolate! A luxurious, warm and fragrant combination sips elegantly with or without milk. Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, Mint, Chocolate Bits and Organic Black Tea Rich, warming and generous. Irresistible with a touch of honey. Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.
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Origin: House Blend
An almond enhanced chai. Rich, warming and generous, this blend is designed to compliment milk and good enough to stand alone. It offers a touch of the delicious notes of roasted almond pastries that are sure to put anyone in a warm mood. The mild nutty sweetness comes through in the cup nicely without overpowering the actual flavor of the chai itself.
Contains: Black tea, cinnamon, beetroot, cloves, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, apple, coriander, almonds, flavoring.
Making Chai is easy! Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp of Chai; let steep 5 mins for black tea or up to 3 mins for green tea, then add 1/2 cup of hot milk or condensed milk for greater sweetness. Strain leaves & spices before drinking. Another suggestion is to simmer 1 tsp of Chai with 1/2 cup milk & honey on stovetop. Gradually add 1/2 cup water. Strain leaves & spices before drinking. Pouring over ice also makes a delicious Iced Chai!
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Toffee Apple Chai
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 In 1825, the Oxford English Dictionary first added the word “Toffee”: a sweet made from sugar or treacle boiled with butter, nuts, etc. The rise in Toffee?s popularity stemmed directly from a drastic drop in sugar prices in the early 1800s. As the price of sugar declined, home chefs began to experiment, cooking it to anything they could get their hands on. One of these was butter. Sugar, water and butter are heated in a pan to a very high temperature then poured into a tin form, or onto a marble slab and allowed to cool. The process is sweet and simple. Somewhere along the line, a chef decided to try dipping fruit and nuts into the boiling mixture, with delicious results. Among the most celebrated of these forays into the possibilities of toffee, was the candy apple. By dipping a whole apple into a pot of boiling toffee, a crunchy candy coating formed around the fruit.
We’ve taken this treat one step farther and combined it with black tea and exotic chai spices. To describe the sweet, spicy, buttery flavor it produces as “scrumptious”, would be an understatement.
Bengal Club Chai Matcha
Country of Origin: Zhejiang Province, China /
Nandi Highlands, Kenya / Kerala, India

A taste of India’s colonial past can be found if one knows where to look, such as the Bengal Club. Where tea is concerned, service at the Bengal Club is often referred to as being “more Brittish than Brittish”. From the first sip, this peppery, spicy cup transports you to an exotic world of flavor, traditiona and history. If you ever get a chance to visit the Bengal, tell them we sent you!

Smooth green tea enlivened with fresh Malabar spices. Peppery and saucy finish. Memories of Bombay’s Chai Wallah.

Ingredients: Green tea, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg.
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