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How to Brew Chai at Home

How to Brew Chai at Home

How to Brew Chai at Home

February 21, 2022

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A rich cup of chai, blended with just the right spices, is a beautiful thing. Learning how to brew chai tea at home with the right balance of black tea, spices, milk and honey gives you the tools to recreate your coffee shop favorites on demand.

There’s no single right answer for how to prepare chai tea, but we’ll aim to give you everything you need to create your own ideal blended milk chai using a few simple rules. 

It all comes down to making a concentrated tea brew and combining it with the cream and sweetener of your choice. This way, you won’t dilute the flavor of your spices and tea. Your spice blend might change with the seasons, but the most important ingredient is the tea itself.

Start with good tea, and you’ll have a great chai latte.

our favorite chai spice blendour favorite chai spice blend
our favorite chai spice blend

What is Chai? Where Does it Come From?   

The word “chai” just means tea, but for many of us, it evokes a creamy and spiced chai latte. The Yuan Dynasty inspired the modern English and Indian milk tea tradition that grew into the chai latte of today. Should you put milk in chai? Milk tea is nearly as old as tea itself - do what tastes best to you!

Chai is often made with strong-brewed Assam black tea, but we find that malty, chocolatey, and flavorful black teas like Laoshan Black yield rich results. These base teas are paired with spices like cardamom and clove, then mixed with milk and sweetener like honey.

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a cozy mug of spiced chai milk tea

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