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Storebought Chai Brand favorites?

Pei Jan 9, 2011 06:13 PM

The cold weather has me craving chai, but not enough to make my own from scratch.

What are people's favorite brands? I favor chais that are heavy on the ginger, or even cayenne--anything that gives the tea plenty of heat even after being steeped min mild.

I recently had a mug of "dirty chai" at Trouble Coffee in San Francisco: Chai with a shot of espresso. I'm not a huge fan of the combination, but their ginger-packed tea left me wanting more. It really warmed me all the way through on a chilly morning.

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    jessicav Jan 28, 2011 07:23 AM

    I am a huge fan of Chico Chai...you can find it the Chico area but also can buy it online. Definitely a spicy chai. :-)

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      chowmel Jan 10, 2011 04:52 PM

      Upton Tea Co sells a decaf Chai Tea with red pepper - very good. Their regular Chai is good too but no heat

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        cutipie721 Jan 10, 2011 11:09 AM

        This one is spicy!! It is a spice mix only and you need to get your own tea.

        http://bombaybazaarstore.com/index.ph...

        1. Heidi cooks and bakes Jan 10, 2011 06:58 AM

          RIght now I'm enjoying Tazo's Chai. It's the pre-mixed kind, comes in a square box. You mix half the chai mix with milk, and then heat. You can add more or less mix, depending on how strong you want it. I keep it at work. It's so easy to heat up in the microwave, and delicious!

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            Pia Jan 10, 2011 11:33 AM

            I like Tazo too (especially because I'm pregnant and they have decaf chai teabags). I find all the premixed ones too sweet, though. I like to take a teabag and heat it in a cup of milk, then add just a few drops of honey. It's not spicy, so you might want to add a little spice to it.

          2. coney with everything Jan 10, 2011 02:05 AM

            If you want very hot chai, go to an Indian grocery and look for "chai masala". There's a kind I bought that has pepper and ginger high on the ingredient list and is quite fiery. You stir that into whatever tea you choose.

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              shaebones Jan 9, 2011 10:11 PM

              Good Earth. By Far!! I've tried 'em all.

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