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500 mile chai

by the tao of tea

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The tale of ‘500 Mile Chai’ originates from the many late night truck drivers stopping at small Chai stands, ‘Dhabas’, on the highway and asking for really strong, sweet Chai to help them drive “for another 500 miles.” Chai is an integral part of life in India and simply translates to ‘Tea’ in Hindi. In India, ‘Chaiwallahs’ (tea vendors) are present at street corners, brewing basic black tea with spices. The grade of tea commonly used for Chai is known as ‘Cut, Tear and Curl (CTC)’, heavily rolled black tea leaf with very low moisture content. We hand blend the black tea with organic spices – ginger, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. It is ideal for boiling, the traditional way to make Chai. Packaged in kraft, tin-tie, eight ounce bags.

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