Origins of the Chai Latte – A BCBlog Editorial by the CBG

Hello coffee enthusiasts,

I was looking back over my item specific sales analysis that I completed for last year, and there was one thing that really surprised me. Our Chai lattes are a lot more popular than I had expected. Overall between both shops last year, Chai Lattes were the 11th most sold item. Obviously Brewed Coffee, Bagels, Breakfast Sandwiches, Lattes, Scones, and Muffins are just a few that were above Chai, but 11th is much higher than I would have guessed. With this new found information, I decided to commit this post to the oh-so delicious Chai Latte. I hope you guys enjoy learning a little more about this obviously popular drink.

Some of you may be wondering, what is a Chai Latte? Well, to put it simply, it’s a tea based drink that is infused with spices, sweetened, and combined with steamed milk to create the finished product. Although there is some stipulation out there as to where Chai tea was created between Thai origins and India, to this day it is still a very popular drink in India. As someone who has had the privilege of visiting India myself, I can tell you that it is very popular indeed. In fact, during my time studying business over there, there wasn’t a meal that went by that Masala Chai Tea wasn’t offered. Sweetening traditional Masala Chai Tea, and adding it to steamed milk is essentially how Chai Lattes are created.

For our Chai Lattes here at BCB, we add a traditional Chai powder that has all of the proper spices included to steamed milk. As for the spices that are actually in Chai Tea, Cinnamon and Cardamom are typically the two most prevalent. By mixing the powder into steamed milk, we end up creating a smooth, sweat drink that has a bit of spice. Chai Lattes are very unique compared to any other drink that we offer, because the Chai flavor stands out on its own.

Chai Lattes are definitely something I would suggest regular coffee drinkers try at some point. It may not turn you into a tea person upon the first sip, but it is a nice alternative when you don’t want the usual amount of caffeine. Hopefully this post has inspired some of you guys to try a Chai Latte for yourself. Feel free to reach out and let me know what you think if you do.

 

Until next time,

-Your CBG

By | 2019-01-16T18:58:00+00:00 January 16th, 2019|