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Masala Chai Black Tea
Masala Chai Black Tea
This traditional chai blend includes cinnamon, cardamom, ginger root and cloves, all blended in perfect proportion with a premium Ceylon tea. Add milk and honey for the classic drink, or try it alone for a spicier cup. Moderate caffeine (about half that of a cup of coffee).
Masala Chai Black Tea Information
✦ Quantity ✦
This Masala Chai black tea is carefully blended and packaged by hand in a reusable tin or a resealable kraft bag. Our 4 oz. tin or kraft bag makes approximately 35 - 40 cups of tea. Our 8 oz. kraft bag makes approximately 70 - 80 cups.
✦ Ingredients ✦
Black tea, cinnamon bark, cardamom, ginger root, cloves, cinnamon flavor.
✦ Preparation ✦
Use 1 heaping teaspoon per 6 oz. water. Heat water to boiling. Steep for 4 - 5 minutes.
What is Masala Chai?
In Hindi, the word "chai" simply means "tea," while the term "masala" refers to a blend of spices. In the west, we've come to use the term "chai" for that special mixture of black tea and fragrant spices with milk and sugar (or honey) that creates an aromatic and warming tea drink. Our Masala Chai blend includes black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves.
Masala Chai has all of the benefits of black tea, in addition to the healthful qualities of spices like ginger and cinnamon. Black tea has a moderate amount of caffeine, about half that of a cup of coffee. Black tea is also high in antioxidants, which help to promote cellular health and protect the body from degenerative diseases like cancer. Tea also contains l-theanine, a beneficial compound that has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.
In addition to the many benefits of black tea, Masala Chai also contains a wealth of different spices with beneficial properties. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, aids in digestion, and helps to prevent nausea and morning sickness. Cinnamon also contains antioxidants, and help to protect against heart disease and boost the metabolism. Cardamom can help to reduce blood sugar, fight anxiety, and promote oral health. Cloves are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, and can help to block the growth of bacteria and promote overall health. With all of the benefits of these spices, along with the many benefits that come from drinking black tea, Masala Chai is a delicious and healthful treat!
In India, making Masala Chai can take time and care, like a special family dish with a recipe passed down through generations. The spices most commonly used are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, anise, fennel, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper. Drinking tea became popular in India in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when British colonists began growing tea in India rather than purchasing it from China. Masala Chai soon developed into a popular local drink in its own right, with traditional Indian spices added to black tea for a unique and satisfying drink.
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