Organic Authentic Chai by Chai Five Tea & Spice Co.

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    Chai: cultural crossroads in a cup!

    The story of my chai:
    What's the origin of the word "chai" ? It simply means "tea" in various languages, including my own. My family is from India, the country that arguably wrote the book on spiced tea concoctions. My family's daily ritual of making chai is ingrained in my childhood memories; Every morning, I would wake to the sounds of my mother grating fresh ginger, and grinding cardomom pods and cloves by hand in her antique mortal and pestle before adding it to a steaming pot of Assamese black tea. The fragrant smell of the chai masala would waft into my room from the kitchen, like a gentle wake up call to my senses, signaling the beginning of the day.

    Making chai in my home is a time-honored tradition steeped in ancient customs, and one I love to share with guests and visitors that come to my home. After friends encouraged me to sell my chai mix, I decided to go forward and become a licensed tea purveyor.

    Though starting a business from scratch is not for the faint hearted, it is now a labor of love. Each jar of chai mix is hand crafted by me. Each cardomom pod and cinnamon stick is inspected by me for quality, and I have visited the spice farms myself (pictured above: a nutmeg farmer shows a freshly picked nutmeg/mace fruit). Creating community is also important to me, and I love to exchange recipes and inspiration with fellow chai-lovers; I hope that as a fan of Chai Five, you will remain part of our global community!

    The tradition of drinking chai in India is has been influenced by many of the cultures of the Near and Far East. Over hundreds of years, merchants on different trade routes, from the Swahili Coast of Africa to the East Indies, introduced new spices into local markets, resulting in new flavors appearing in the local cuisine. The custom of drinking tea was no exception, and over time, the result of these cultural crossroads is the delicious, multi-sensory-experience-in-a-cup that we know today as Chai (tea).

    With a background in international development, I have spent much of my life abroad while exploring how food and culture are intertwined- partly as a as a researcher ethnobotany and development, but partly in search of the roots of my own culture as part of the Indian diaspora. I have spent time living Africa and South America, and traveled through 34 countries around the world, most recently exploring the history of the tea and spice trade in Mozambique and the island of Zanzibar.

    My Philosophy:
    The sad reality is that many of these regions with such fascinating cuisines and delicious culinary traditions are often caught in the cycles of poverty, exploitation, and economic underdevelopment. My goal is to help these local communities bring their indigenous and traditional cuisines to global markets in a way that is both responsible and sustainable, and access opportunities to lift up their own communities from poverty. My core belief is that when businesses are socially responsible and accountable, everyone wins. I strive to ensure that Chai Five ingredients are responsibly-sourced, that farmers and workers are compensated fairly for their contributions, that the environment is respected and minimally impacted, and consumers enjoy the highest quality product possible.

    My community is the global community; with today's globalization, we are all interconnected in more ways than we realize. We all have a responsibility together in the social, environmental an economic sustainability of life on this planet. This is why its important to me to give back: a portion of all proceeds of Chai Five Tea Co. goes to helping girls from a poor community in Southern Africa have access to education and brighter futures, and to helping their communities gain basic services like water and sanitation. To learn more about helping girls in Africa have a brighter future, check out our partner organization and their work: FutureSpark Girls Education and Storytelling Project

    From the Chai Five team, thank you for supporting the greater good in the world!

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      My goal is to help local communities around the world connect to global market in a way that is both responsible and sustainable. My core belief is that when businesses are socially responsible and accountable, everyone wins.

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