If you’re wondering what is chai tea? Then this is the guide to be reading. We will take you through everything you need to know about this wonderful tea including if it has caffeine and how much caffeine you can expect to find in a typical batch of this tea.
Commonly known as Chai tea by most western cultures this tea is actually called masala chai. It originated in India and is now one of the most popular teas around the world. This tea is a blend of rich aromatic spices that has been shown to help with the digestive system. This tea has gained huge amounts of popularity over the last few years with quite a few different variations on the traditional recipe.
There are many health benefits that you will find from drinking this tea, if you’re after more information then be sure to check out the guide on chai tea benefits (Coming Soon).
Chai Tea Ingredients
The chai tea ingredients often do not vary too much from the traditional blend of spices. The traditional mix uses a base of ground ginger and green cardamom pods. However the most common version you will find has the following ingredients:
- Star Anise
- Fennel seeds
This can vary quite a bit from recipe to recipe but you will find that they will almost all contain cardamon pods and ground ginger.
You can add other ingredients such as a milk and a sweetener. These are known to help bring out the full flavor of the tea mix. The most common sweeteners used in chai tea are brown sugar, honey and just plain sugar.
If you want to make your own batch of this tea then be sure to check out this recipe for homemade chai tea. It is the perfect blend if you’re looking to make this at home. It is also super easy and in my opinion is far better than the blends you will find at the supermarket.
Does Chai Tea Have Caffeine
A common question asked is that does Chai tea have caffeine and the answer is yes it does. The caffeine found in this tea comes from the black tea and not from the actual spices.
The amount of caffeine in chai tea varies depending on the quantity of the black tea in the chai blend. As well as the preparation and the time it takes for the tea to seep.
It is typical to find a 16 ounce chai tea latte that has been prepared in a café shop within the US to have about 95 milligrams of caffeine.
You are able to find decaf black tea so it is possible to make this tea without the caffeine if that is what you are after. However finding a chai tea mix that is decaf will probably prove to be a bit harder.
Where to Buy Chai Tea
If you’re looking to buy chai tea either in loose leaf form or in tea bags you can find it for sale at most supermarkets or online stores. If you’re looking online then most tea specialist stores or larger retail stores such as Amazon will have this amazing tea.
If you’re after something to seep your chai tea in check out these awesome looking loose leaf tea infusers.I hope this guide has explained what is Chai tea and why you might be interested in drinking it. Also if you want to add anything to this article then please feel free to drop us a comment below!