Chai – To Tea or Not to Tea
There is some confusion about chai though.
Officially, chai is not a type of tea;
it’s a way of preparing tea.
The word “chai” simply means “tea” in various South Asian languages such as Hindi, Persian, Urdu and Bengali.
When brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs you get masala chai (this means spiced tea).
Nowadays, people have come to refer to ordinary tea as “tea” and use “chai” to indicate “masala chai”.
Common spices used in chai (or masala chai as we’ve now learned) are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel seeds, peppercorn, and cloves. Other spices or herbs used in chai are cumin seeds, coriander, lemon grass, nutmeg or even almonds for a sweeter taste.
Chai tea is normally brewed with milk or cream and a great alternative to coffee. Together with green tea the spices keep you awake and alert. The caffeine in green tea increases your focus even further although it still contains less caffeine per cup as compared to a cup of coffee.
Read more about the caffeine content in green tea.
Brands – Chai with Green Tea
Western tea brands have used India tea culture as an inspiration to create their own tea flavors with green tea and chai.