Our Masala Chai tea blend combines premium Ceylon black tea with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger. In Indian culture, 'Masala' means 'a blend of spices', and 'chai' simply means 'tea.' So, Masala Chai is literally 'spiced tea'. Our interpretation tries to stay true to its definition thanks to a warm and inviting fragrance, zesty flavor, and invigorating, aromatic finish. We suggest two heaping teaspoons per 8 oz cup. Sugar or milk if desired.
This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 212° for 7-10 minutes.
That flavor you know and love, is also available in our convenient iced tea pouches. Ideal for cold brewing in your fridge overnight, a single pouch will make a quart of deliciously refreshing iced tea.
6 x quart-sized pouches
Our teabags contain the same high-quality tea as our loose-tea offerings. Their pyramid shape gives the leaves plenty of room to unfurl and infuse, placing more flavor in each cup. Enjoy the superior flavor of gourmet tea with the convenience of a disposable bag.
15 full leaf pyramids
Ingredients & Lore
blended with black tea, cardamom, ginger root, cloves, natural cinnamon flavor & cinnamon bark
Historically, tea in India was viewed as an herbal medicine, rather than as a beverage for taste. Some chai spice blends still in current use are derived from Ayurvedic medical texts. Popular spices include anise, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, peppercorn and ginger. Traditional preparation actually calls for the spices, milk and leaves to be simmered over sustained heat, rather than steeped in preheated water (like regular tea). In India, chai is served in little clay cups from chai carts. After enjoying your tea, the cups are shattered on the ground and allowed to compost - an earth-friendly alternative to the paper and plastic cups popular in the U.S.
Part of chai teas sampler
Explore a variety of teas with our popular sampler set.
Four teas included are:
chocolate chai, masala chai, spiced apple chai, thai chai,
4 x 10-cup samples
fresh portions - single-serve packets
Our pre-measured tea packets make tea time fresh and easy. Each contains the perfect amount of leaves for one cup of tea. The individual packets help keep your tea fresh, placing more flavor in each cup. A timely remedy for our busy lives!
15 one-cup packets
Questions and Answers
Ask a question about masala chai and have the Adagio Teas community offer feedback.
Is this made with true (Ceylon) cinnamon, or with cassia?
Asked by Jack L Romero
on Jan 13th '17
Direct Trade Advantage
We import our teas direct from the artisan farmers whose names and faces you'll find throughout our catalog.
This makes our teas fresher than those offered by the companies who use middlemen and brokers, and also less expensive.
Here's a comparison of how much more you'd be paying by buying this tea elsewhere:
175% more expensive
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