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All about Chai

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The three humors in Ayurveda and the five great elements that they are composed of.

The Chinese had two words for tea; 荼 (tú) and 茶 (chá). In Europe "tú" eventually became "tea" in English, "thé" in French, "tee" in German, and so forth. But in most of the rest of the world "chá" was used as the root for "Chai". Interestingly "trà" is tea in Vietnamese, which seems to be a combination of both.

So as you can see, chai simply means tea. However, when English speakers say "chai" they are most certainly referring to "masala chai", which means "spiced tea" and is a common drink in India.

The spices used can be almost anything, but in general they include ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and black pepper. (These are the ingredients we use in our blend.) These spices are combined with Assam CTC black tea and added to simmering milk with honey or sugar. The mixture is then strained before serving.

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Cinnamon Chips | OrganicNew Mexico Tea Company Cinnamon Chips | Organic
Cinnamon was highly prized among ancient nations and was regarded as a gift fit for monarchs and gods. Though its source was kept mysterious in the Mediterranean world for centuries by the middlemen who handled the spice trade, cinnamon is native to Malabar Coast of India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Bangladesh.

It was too expensive to be used in most funeral pyres in Rome, but the Emperor Nero is said to have burned a year's worth of the city's supply at the funeral for his wife Poppaea Sabina in AD 65.

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Cardamom Pods | OrganicNew Mexico Tea Company Cardamom Pods | Organic
It is easy to understand why cardamom is sometimes called the "queen of spices". Bite open a pod - the flavor will fill your mouth and a warm sensation will spread throughout your body. Cardamom is a cooking staple in many Eastern countries and is second only to black pepper in terms of usage worldwide.

The first historical mention of cardamom dates to the 4th century BC in the writings of Greek Physician Theophrastus who claimed the pods had medicinal value. Modern usage of the spice however stems from the cultures of southern India. The people there held the spice in such high regard that they used it as an offering to the gods during religious ceremonies.
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Clove | OrganicNew Mexico Tea Company Clove | Organic
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Cloves were traded by Muslim sailors and merchants during the Middle Ages in the profitable Indian Ocean trade, the Clove trade is also mentioned by Ibn Battuta and even famous One Thousand and One Nights characters such Sinbad the Sailor is known to have bought and sold Cloves
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Ginger Root | OrganicNew Mexico Tea Company Ginger Root | Organic
Ginger tea is a beverage in many countries, made from ginger root. In China, the tea is made by boiling peeled and sliced ginger to which brown sugar is often added. Sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added to give a flavor.
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Black pepper is produced from the still-green unripe drupes of the pepper plant. The drupes are cooked briefly in hot water, both to clean them and to prepare them for drying. The heat ruptures cell walls in the pepper, speeding the work of browning enzymes during drying. The drupes are dried in the sun or by machine for several days, during which the pepper around the seed shrinks and darkens into a thin, wrinkled black layer. Once dried, the spice is called black peppercorn.
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Assam CTC | OrganicNew Mexico Tea Company Assam CTC | Organic
The CTC process was invented by W. McKertcher in 1930, but it was not until the 1950s that it really took off. Today, most black teas produced in India use the CTC method.
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