Tipu’s Chai

6th March 2013

I am grateful that I brought Tipu’s Chai with me to Bogotá, Colombia. They arrived in my luggage without any damage or leakage (including passing through risky customs). The moment I opened them, I could immediately smell the chai spices aroma.

Tipu's Chai

Chai Tea Latte Blend, Organic Slow Brew Original and mini Sweetened Black Chai Tea Blend


Tipu’s Chai was founded by Bipin Patel in Missoula, Montana, in 1997, where his grandmother’s special chai became popular in his Indian restaurant. Patel started the chai for local cafes and restaurants. Later in 2007, Bipin sold his Indian restaurant and opened Tipu’s Chai. His spiced chai is an alternative to coffee, tea and American chai. Tipu’s Chai blends their own mix of natural ingredients such as spices and high quality Indian tea, free of chemical additives and artificial flavorings. Their mission is “to offer authentic, Indian masala chai, made using high quality, natural ingredients and strive to align themselves with organic and sustainable business practices.” (About Tipu’s Chai) For more information or orders, please call 1-888-506-Chai (2424), follow them on Twitter @Tipuschai and like them on Facebook at Tipu’s Chai.

available in

All are vegan, certified organic and certified kosher. Only the Unsweetened Black Chai is not certified organic.

Tipu’s Chai retail line comes in two forms:

1. Tipu’s Chai Now are available in three types: Unsweetened Black Chai Tea, Sweetened Chai Tea Blend, and Chai Tea Latte Blend
2. Slow brews are available in original or decaf

where to buy

Tipu’s Chai Now products are available in select cafés, restaurants and gourmet retailers throughout the US, Canada and Mexico including Whole Foods Markets in select regions, and online at www.tipuschai.com.

my verdict

I received 12-oz Tipu’s Chai Now™ All You Need is Water, 4-oz Organic Slow Brew Original and three mini sample packets of Sweetened Black Chai Tea Blend.

Tipu’s Chai Now™ All You Need is Water

Makes 10 servings. Shelf life is 18 months.

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Soymilk Powder, Black Tea, Organic Spices, Ginger

This is a quick brew chai tea latte blend made with high-quality black tea, organic spices, organic non-GMO soy milk powder, organic evaporated cane juice and ginger. The 12-oz chai is vegan, gluten-free, certified kosher, certified organic, and includes four grams of protein per serving. You simply need to add hot (or cold) water for a chai tea latte on the go.

According to the back of the package, the directions said, add 8 oz hot water to 3 rounded tablespoons, or for iced chai, add 6 oz of cold water with ice, stir until dissolved. I personally liked their chai latte warm rather than cold. It is convenient to use water instead of dairy-free (vegan) milk. The chai tea latte blend dissolved very well with hot water than the cold water.

When I mixed the chai latte with hot water, it became a creamy slightly thick chai. The flavor was very mild due to the soy milk powder, and I did not need to add sugar or anything else to it. It is a tasty and sweet chai tea latte where you don’t need dairy-free milk and it isn’t that spicy at all. This is probably my favorite chai.

This is a great travel chai to go, especially useful on the flights where you only need 6 oz cold water for a cold chai latte. It is also great with plain oatmeal for mild chai flavor and the use of soy milk powder, which is our personal favorite.


Tipu’s Chai Now All You Need is Water (12-oz)


Tipu’s Chai Now All You Need is Water (12-oz)


Tipu’s Chai Now All You Need is Water (12-oz)

Tipu’s Chai Organic Slow Brew Original

Makes 36 servings. Shelf life is 2 years. Large batches may be refrigerated for one week.

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Organic Black Tea, Organic Spices

This is a traditional blend of slow brew masala chai made with organic Assam tea and organic spices. As soon as I opened the package, the aroma was very strong compared to the other products I have tried. These are fresh spices in the content with hints of green herbs.

The directions said, for two 8 oz servings of chai, measure 1 rounded teaspoon of mix and 2 cups of water into a big pot (not a saucepan), add 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (unfortunately I do not have such around in Bogota). Bring to boil and simmer for 3 minutes (I simmered longer than 3 minutes). Add 2/3 of dairy-free milk (I used a local Colombian soy milk). Bring to boil and simmer for 3 minutes (I let it simmer to 8-10 minutes, for more flavor and thickness). Strain, sweeten to taste and serve.

I was not able to strain them because I did not have a strainer in Bogota. Instead, these spices went to the bottom of my mug, and I drank about 90% of it. I would recommend straining the chai just the instructions on the package advise you.

I did not use the fresh ginger, but I imagine it would be more spicy if that ingredient was added. It is necessary to add sugar to the slow brew chai since it doesn’t have any sweetener. I used about 2-3 tablespoons of sugar for two 8 oz servings of chai. I like to make a large batch of chai (four 8 oz servings of chai). The slow brew chai tasted a bit spicier than the two Tipu’s Chai products I have tried. My partner loves the slow brew chai because he likes spicy beverages with a bit of zing.

The package could be slightly smaller, perhaps in a container or jar due to the smaller contents. It would also be nice if the package was perforated since it requires scissors for opening.


Tipu’s Chai Organic Slow Brew Original, Organic Black Tea and Spices


Tipu’s Chai Organic Slow Brew Original

Sweetened Black Chai Tea Blend

Makes 12 servings. Shelf life is 18 months.

Ingredients (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Organic evaporated cane juice, black tea, organic spices and ginger

I received three small sample packets (each for one serving). I like the small packets which are very useful for travels. All you need is boiling water and your choice of dairy free milk for a cup of creamy chai. It is made with high-quality Indian tea, organic spices, ginger and organic evaporated cane juice.

The directions said, add 4 oz (1/2 cup) hot water to contents of packet, stir until dissolved, add 4 oz (1/2 cup) dairy-free milk. Instead I blended the contents with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of Colombian soy milk, and microwaved the mix for 2 minutes. It worked well for me, especially with a stove that requires a match.

The chai tasted not too sweet or bitter, but it tasted just right for a quick chai on teh go!


This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review by Tipu’s Chai. All products that are mentioned and reviewed here on my vegan blog are of my own personal opinions and I am not being compensated to review them, only just to share my thoughts. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.


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