10 Authentic South Asian-Founded Chais to Swap For Your Morning Starbucks
If you're a tea-lover, chances are you've experimented with chai. Whether you're a purist with a love for spicy ginger and sweet cardamom, or prefer a blend of honey and hot milk, there's more to the traditional Indian tea than those chai lattes you've been picking up at your local coffee shop.
Thousands of years ago, chai was made for Indian royalty as a healing drink made of a blend of Ayurvedic herbs containing medicinal properties. For example, ginger and black pepper aid with digestion while cardamom is a natural mood booster. The added (delicious) element of black tea, milk, and sugar only came later.
Whether you've dabbled in the occasional dirty chai latte or consider chai your staple morning beverage (hear, hear!), the following varieties of chai are the most traditional you can get. Each pays homage to the South Asian roots of Ayurveda with a variety of blends, from rose petal-infused bags for luminous skin to pre-made concentrates you'll consider a new pantry staple. Buying these means your mornings will be getting a serious glow-up, yes, but it also means supporting small, South Asian-founded businesses with ancestors who have been sipping on chai for centuries.