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HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF CHAI

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Hey folks, it’s Ayan here. Before starting Kolkata Chai Co, I spent a month in India traveling and studying how chaiwallahs made their chai. I’d stand and watch as they would boil the milk and water in these massive pots and admire everyone’s individual theatrics that came with the process. As I developed my own recipe, I wanted to honor the traditions of how chai is made and not cut any corners along the way.


Making chai is a meditative, ritualistic activity that can start your mornings off with the right intention. For those of us who still feel intimidated by making the perfect cup, here’s a guide that you can always refer to on how to get it right.

The good news is, it only takes a few minutes once you have everything lined up. It’s not as easy as an Keurig, but it’s way tastier. Let’s get into how you can make your own cup.

MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF CHAI

STEP 1:

BOIL WATER AND TEA

Boil 1 cup of water, add 3 tsp of chai mix and let boil.

STEP 2:

BOIL, ADD MILK

Simmer for 3 minutes, then add 1 cup milk.

STEP 3:

BOIL, STEEP, STRAIN

Bring to a rolling boil, steep for 3 minutes, strain and sweeten.

EQUIPMENT

POT

We suggest a stainless steel pot with a lip

STRAINER

Shop a strainer here

LADLE / SPOON

For stirring while your chai boils (optional)

INGREDIENTS

CHAI KIT

Shop Kolkata Chai mixes here

MILK

Use whole milk or oat milk for the best consistency

GINGER

Can be grated, minced or chopped (optional)

SUGAR

Can be substituted with honey or maple syrup

LEARN HOW TO MAKE A CUP OF CHAI

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ONCE YOU GET THE BASICS DOWN, TRY THESE TIPS AND TRICKS:

IF YOU WANT A SPICER BREW...

Separate some of the cardamom and let it simmer with ginger for 2 minutes before adding tea mix

IF YOU WANT MORE FLAVOR...

Strain your chai and pour it from a high height to aerate, mix and further develop aroma

TO MAKE IT LESS STRONG...

Add more milk to balance it out.

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WHAT'S IN OUR CHAI?

BLACK ASSAM TEA

Our CTC tea is organically sourced from the hilltops of Assam. CTC means it’s “cut, torn and curled” into granules for a stronger blend that cuts though for our signature chai flavor.

GREEN CARDAMOM

Derived from seed pods of plants in the ginger family that creates a warm, herbal flavor. Packed with natural healing properties.

CLOVES

Collected as dried flowers of the clove tree, cloves are packed with antioxidants and inflammation reducing properties.

CINNAMON

Containing antioxidants, cinnamon provides a floral and fruity flavor to a cup of masala chai.

BLACK PEPPER

This common household seasoning gives chai heat and freshness.

GINGER

Though not included in out chai mix, we recommend adding cut or shredded ginger to your chai as it boils

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