Is chai tea more caffeine than coffee?
One cup of chai made from powder has 25–55 mg of caffeine, however chai made from concentrate is more likely to have 30–35 mg. If you compare that to the 120mg in a typical cup of coffee, it becomes clear that sticking to coffee beans is definitely the best option if you want to be a vibrant bag of beans.
Does chai tea have caffeine like coffee?
Chai’s caffeine behaves differently from coffee’s caffeine.
A regular cup of chai tea made as advised has around 40mg of caffeine (4 oz of black tea), but an average cup of coffee contains approximately 120mg.
Is chai tea good for you?
Antioxidants included in chai tea may help decrease free radicals in the body and enhance cellular health, as well as assist prevent degenerative illnesses and certain kinds of cancer. There are several health benefits associated with drinking black tea, which is manufactured from the Camellia sinensis plant.
Does chai tea have caffeine?
To briefly respond to this commonly asked topic, classic black tea chai does indeed contain caffeine. (For chai aficionados who want a cup of sweet and spicy pleasure without the extra blast of caffeine, we’ve developed a spicy herbal chai with a rooibos basis.)
But first, let’s take a step back and discuss what precisely chai is and why there is some misunderstanding over its caffeine level.
Chai tea: what is it?
Anyone up for a cup of “tea tea”?
Masala Chai literally translates to “Spiced Tea,” with “Chai” denoting tea and “Masala” standing for any of several traditional Indian spice blends that typically include spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, and other similar spices (depending on personal preference and family recipe, your masala may also contain cloves, star anise, cumin, coriander, or even mace!). This Masala spice blend is used with Indian black tea, often Assam, while other recipes call for Ceylon Orange Pekoe.
Due to a long and confusing linguistic and political history, Western tea consumers have evolved the repetitive practice of referring to Masala Chai as chai tea (or “tea tea”). The general idea is that the term “chai,” rather than the full phrase “Masala Chai,” became associated for English speakers with spiced black tea served sweet with warmed milk at some point in late-colonial and post-colonial India. After many years, Merriam-Webster has formally defined chai as “a beverage that is a combination of black tea, honey, spices, and milk” in the English language. We shall utilize it that way in an attempt to reduce confusion and please the search engines.
What exactly is a Chai Latte?
The term latte in Chai Latte is the next cause of misunderstanding for many people. Latte is just the Italian term for milk. English-speakers, on the other hand, have begun to identify the term latte with espresso beverages. These beverages are often requested without the caffe from the original Caffe Latte. It’s now extremely typical for someone in the US to ask for a small latte with skim milk, for example, and as long as you’re not in Italy – or dealing with a very fussy barista – this should work just fine! However, utilizing latte in this manner has caused some misunderstanding when it comes to other milk-based beverages.
Unlike the simple repetition of chai tea, utilizing latte in this manner has caused some confusion when other beverages with foamed milk, such as a Chai Latte or a Matcha Latte, are requested. Both Chai Lattes and Matcha Lattes are teas that are served with foamed milk and no espresso (unless you order your chai dirty…). As you can expect, this has raised numerous concerns regarding the presence of coffee in Chai Lattes. The simple answer is: not until you put it there!
So, to summarize, we will continue to use chai to refer to spiced tea, but we will use the original meaning of latte to refer to a drink prepared with milk rather than a particular sort of espresso drink.
When browsing our website or ordering at the Tea Bar, look for the first word in the name to distinguish between our traditional Indian spiced chai teas and Westernized versions – our Masala Chai is our traditional offering, while Golden Dragon Chai, Pumpkin Pie Spice Chai, and Saratoga Red Chai are spiced teas.