The original Chai Masala – or Spiced Tea – comes from India, where spices are simmered for hours in milk before tea and sugar are added and the sweet rich mixture is served in tiny cups.
Hakanoa Chai Syrups are fresh spice and black tea concentrates designed to be mixed with hot textured velvety milk to make a Chai Latte. They work beautifully with plant-based milks or dairy milks. They can also be diluted with hot water to make a Chai Tea.
Our SPICY CHAI is the result of a collaboration between Rebekah and Helen Ollivier, the barista who runs her Aotea Coffee Stand every Saturday at the Britomart Market and Parnell Farmers Market. Helen vetted 9 recipes before she and Rebekah were satisfied with the results.
- Filtered Water
- Organic Fairtrade Raw Sugar
- Fresh Fijian mature harvest Ginger Root
- Organic Sultanas
- Whole spices, ground fresh for every batch
- NZ Lemon Juice – Not from concentrate
How is it made?
The blend of fresh spices, organic black tea and a modest amount of organic raw sugar is based on a traditional Rajasthani recipe that Rebekah learned as a teenager. Fresh root ginger, ground-to-order cinnamon quills, green cardamom pods, black peppercorns and cloves are simmered and steeped for hours before being carefully filtered. We keep fine sediment from the whole spices in our syrups, as it carries so much flavour, but sieve coarse fibres out. We add organic black tea and just enough sweetness using organic fair-trade cane sugar to amplify the array of flavours.
SPICY CHAI A fragrant balance of spice and tea with just a hint of sweetness. and a warm lingering finish from black pepper and lots of fresh ginger.
Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, Black Pepper, organic Black Tea, organic Fairtrade raw cane sugar, organic sultanas, NZ Meyer Lemon juice.
CLASSIC CHAI A rich smooth balance of spices and tea and sweetness. If you usually choose a Sweet Chai, this will be more your cup of spiced tea, although not as sweet as the usual cheaper syrups. If you want to make this truly indulgent, make it in a little coffee cup and stir in a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk. Thanks Sami from the Satya Chai Bar for that tip 🙂
Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, White Pepper, Lacknawi Fennel, Nutmeg, Organic Black tea, Organic Fairtrade raw cane sugar, organic sultanas, NZ Meyer Lemon juice.
UNSWEETENED CHAI A perfect balance of spice & tea when diluted in hot water. We add a touch of fresh lemon juice to all our Chai’s to make the mixture just acidic enough not to spoil. We balance that lemon flavour with a few organic sultanas – which bring 1.6 grams of sugars to a cup – so that the tea & spice flavours stay at the fore. The flavours will be muted in high-fat milks, especially when compared to our other Chai concentrates that contain modest amounts of organic raw sugar. If you would like to boost the flavours, add the unrefined sweetener of your choice – honey, date syrup, or coconut nectar all work nicely, or try a small pinch of salt in your cup.
Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, White Pepper, Lacknawi Fennel, Nutmeg, Organic Black tea, organic sultanas, NZ Meyer Lemon juice.