The One Stripe Chai founder, Farah, grew up in a home where chai was brewed twice a day!
This blend is based on her mom’s masala chai, with lots of strong black tea blended with cardamom, ginger, and black pepper.
Chai is a personal drink and can be different from home to home and person to person! Some people boil their water first and then add milk. Some people brew for a few minutes, while some will simmer for 10 minutes or longer! This recipe is meant to be simple – combining a little bit of everything at once and brewing for a longer period of time, making sure all the flavors combine perfectly for a strong cup of masala chai.
Farah Jesani, Founder + Chief Chai Officer
“I’m Indian so drinking chai is basically in my blood. I have memories with chai that most people in the US have with coffee.
I remember being young and watching all the “adults” drink chai religiously, anxiously waiting until I was “old enough” to have a mug of my own. At mosque, it was a ritual to meet by the chai stand in the courtyard where we dunked our Ritz crackers in chai as we caught up on school, life, and who-was-dating-who. In college, I abandoned my chai and Ritz ritual for a new libation – coffee.
Soon enough after college I was reacquainted with chai, but I still avoided ordering “chai lattes” at coffee shops because I always found them to be too sweet or incredibly bland. Fast forward 5 years, and I had quit my job in consulting and found myself in Portland launching a chai company to bring this South Asian beverage back to its roots.”