Chai literally translates to ‘tea’ in Hindi, but is a term that commonly used to refer to ‘masala chai’, also known as ‘mixed spice chai’.
Typically, it consists of black tea with a number of fresh, aromatic spices including cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla beans, cloves, and ginger. Chai spice mixtures have historically been viewed as medicine in India, due to the powerful beneficial properties of the natural compounds it contains.
The Chai Room uses a prized chai spice mix that has been handed down through generations, a guaranteed recipe to comfort, nourish and heal.
Our Chai is 100% natural, using premium and organic ingredients, and has a great balance of spice and tea. It is a very easy alternative to coffee and helps stave off sugar cravings. The antioxidants in tea are beneficial and studies have found they can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Chai is good for the body and soul, and The Chai Room is here to share it with you. Enjoy!
We use single estate origin black tea from India and Sri Lanka, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and star anise.
Our special Chai blends, Ginger Masala, and our Turmeric and Honey, and Turmeric and Coconut Nectar, include additional organic ingredients including ginger, turmeric, carob, raw honey, and coconut nectar.
The spices in our Chai create a complexity and depth of flavour, which means that there is no need to add tonnes of sweeteners.
There is no sugar in the dry blends. The sweetness in the wet blends is naturally occurring from the honey and coconut nectar.
We try to source as many organic ingredients as possible, both locally and imported. All of our ingredients come from reputable sources.
Our organic raw honey comes from Murrimburrah, run by a local family business 'Australian Honey Cellars' which provides straight-line honey sourced from an individual plant to provide distinctive-flavoured honey. It is not heat-treated or processed. 'Australian Honey Cellars' have over 200 hives and 30 different varieties and continually strive to provide new and interesting flavours.
The coconut nectar is imported organic. And the Turmeric and Coconut Nectar Chai is 100% vegan.
Including the Chai spices, the caffeine content in our Chai is roughly 1/5th of the caffeine contained in a cup of coffee. A normal cup of tea is approx 1/3 the caffeine of coffee. So our Chai is overall lower in caffeine.
The turmeric tea health benefits are enormous!
Turmeric is a great digestive, terrific for the immune system, and the benefits for joint health and reducing inflammation are well documented.
Our Turmeric and Honey Chai and our Turmeric and Coconut Nectar Chai contains a 25% mix of organic herbs and spices, including the turmeric.
Aside from the delicious taste, raw honey is one of nature’s purest foods and its nutrition is impressive. It contains many immune boosting vitamins (including B3, B6, and C), minerals (such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium), and dozens of amino acids, powerful antioxidants, enzymes and polyphenols.
Raw honey also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties – and importantly, it does not cause a sugar spike and elevated insulin release like white sugar.
Commercial honey on the other hand, is heavily processed, filtered, and the excessive heat destroys most of the nutritional benefits. The honey on the supermarket shelves has had all the nutritional benefits stripped away.
In our Turmeric and Honey Masala Chai we use only raw honey proudly sourced from local growers from Murrumbarrah - the honey is totally organic with no heating, no pasteurization, or excessive processing.
This blend is suitable for vegans.
Coconut Nectar is produced from coconut palm blossoms and is a great tasting, low GI (35) alternative for people with fructose sensitivities. It is slow release energy.
In addition, Coconut Nectar has a high mineral content. It is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. In addition to this it contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6.
Our shelf life has been tested - 6 months for the wet blends and 1 year for the dry blends.
Not necessarily, just keep the Chai in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and below 30 C.
The Chai Room wants to encourage chai to be a part of your everyday life - nutritious, nourishing and good for the body and soul.
So your daily cup of chai can be as simple as 1 2 3!
All you need is 1) a tea diffuser, 2) boiling water, and 3) a dash of milk - if you desire. And if you feel even more indulgent, had a little bit of honey.
Of course, there is also the traditional method which is explained in our website and involves brewing the chai in a saucepan or pot with boiling water and milk.
You can decide. But really the 123 method is no different to making any other coffee or tea - simple!
Many women do drink chai during pregnancy especially the ginger blend, as it helps calm nausea and has digestive benefits - however they should check with their medical practitioner.
Chai is naturally gluten free, and therefore are suitable for coeliacs and those with intolerance to gluten.
The Chai Room been running since 2014. Our Chai is hand-made in small batches locally (Sydney) in a food safe commercial environment.
But we think that our Ginger Masala is great mid morning, our original Masala is refreshing as a mid afternoon drink, and our Turmeric blends are particularly soothing in the evenings to wind down. But its really about your individual preference!