Friday, 9 December 2011

What is a Chai Tea Latte?

What is a Chai Tea Latte?

A chai tea latte starts with the chai. Chai is a term that means something a bit different when you look from its place of origin versus the Western world. Chai is a term used to refer to black tea throughout South Asia. In India, the word chai tends to mean a black tea blended with a mixture of warm spices like cardamom and cinnamon. In the Western world, chai has come to mean a beverage spiced with the warm spices found in the Indian version of the tea. Chai spice blends go well with many flavors. Lattes are a great way to serve these flavors. Latte traditionally blends hot milk and coffee. Tea lattes substitute tea for the coffee.

Chai Tea Latte

Big Train Sereno Organic Chai Tea Latte

Chai tea lattes offer you the taste of chai and the benefits of tea drinking. Many people prefer the taste of tea to coffee. Moreover, adding chai spices makes the tea even tastier. The chai blend usually has a milk base that helps make the blend smooth and a bit creamy. You can find chai added to other flavors that the Western palate flavors like chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla. The combinations are very flavorful and growing in popularity with people of all ages. If you want to make chai tea the old fashioned way, it will take experience and knowledge of how to blend the spices and tea properly to get the bright blend of flavors. Or add water to Big Train’s acclaimed chai mixes. For instructions on making homemade chai from scratch ask our twitter friend, aspiring chef, foodtrucker, & elite Yelper Sukhraj (aka “Suki”, @eatsukieat on twitter). She can give you some great tips or check out her awesome video The Best Masala Chai Tea.

If you run a café, coffee house, food truck, restaurant, or other foodservice operation, you might be wondering how you can bring chai latte beverages to your establishment. Big Train offers 15 varieties of gourmet chai blends that make delicious chai lattes, including a dairy free option so that you can use your own alternative milk or dairy product in your Chai Tea Latte recipe. And because Big Train chai mixes are powder based, they have excellent shelf life and are very versatile. Just add water for an instant amazing chai latte. In addition, Big Train carries liquid chai concentrates you can use as a base for your lattes. Big Train chais can be served hot, over ice or blended as a frappe. Big Train’s twitter page is loaded with comments with customers from around the world that love Big Train products. Like this one from @missmarisol:

“I love, love, love, love @BigTrain spiced chai. Love!”

We love what we do and we love our customers too.

Big Train’s unique blend of spices has earned recognition by taste professionals the world over. Its blend of honey, vanilla, black tea and other great flavors make a great addition to any coffee house menu. You can come up with your own combination using Big Train chai mix as a base. It is a great way to make a spectacular change to your menu.

Chai tea lattes are simple to make, but offer spectacular flavor. Big Train takes a lot of the work out of making the perfect chai tea latte with these mixes, so do it yourself. All you need to do is heat up the water and blend the tea latte. Your customers will think you spent hours in the back blending the tea and getting it just right. The fact is you have a cost effective and a fast option to provide a new menu item for your customers that will have them begging for more.

For more information regarding Big Train gourmet beverage mix products like Chai lattes, call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) or go to or follow Big Train on Facebook or Twitter. Look for our DIY chai tea latte recipes and instructional videos look for us on YouTube. Cheers!