Chai

Written by Seth Cotterell
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Chai tea is one of the most mispronounced, yet popular teas in the world. It is enjoyed by people around the world for its rich and interesting flavor as well as for its health benefits. Chai's unusual spices can turn some people off, but its unique characteristics are also why it is so popular. Chai has some of the most intriguing flavors in the tea family.

Indian Chai Tea

Saying "chai tea" is a little redundant. It is like saying "tea tea" because chai actually means tea in Hindi, one of the native languages of India. Because it comes from India, you know it is unique. India is a diverse land with many people and many cultures. It is known for its exotic and flavorful food and drink, and chai tea is no exception.

There are several varieties of chai tea, each with its own identity. All are grown in the high country of India. The flavor varies depending on the spices used, but most are mixed with milk and sometimes sugar before drinking. A cup of chai with milk and sugar is almost like a meal in itself. It is a great way to start out the day or as a rewarding mid-day treat.

The popularity of gourmet tea shops has increased the visibility and popularity of chai tea around the world, especially in the United States. Unfortunately, many of these gourmet tea shops can be expensive. If you want really good selection for chai tea without paying an arm and a leg, an Internet tea store is the best place to go. They'll ship your tea right to your door for less than you can get it at your local gourmet tea shop.


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