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Made a chai latte with this chai concentrate for the first time last night.
Meh.
It was good. Better than I presumed it would be. But… I’ve had better.
I’ve had much better.
Quite sweet. Rather mellow for my taste in Chai. And, I knew something was wrong right away when I saw how watery it was, as it poured out of the box.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Cofftea

Concentrate… ick.

Fred

Yeah, I agree with Cofftea, ick. I have had both this and the green tea latte from this company and they are really lacking in depth and flavor. I guess that is just what you get for trying something that is meant to be convenient.

Cofftea

Why use a concentrate when you can use the real things? Baristas always look at me strange when I order my dirty chai lattes and dirty chai mochas and caramel mochas w/ bags.

Fred

I find that although i do love a good chai tea, I admire the simplicity and complexity of a good pan fired chinese green tea over something such as chai with all of those ingredients anyday. It just seems to me sometimes that a lot of the ingredients in a chai are just used to mask or make up for inferior black tea often used in the formula.

Fred

my comment should say chinese black tea not green tea. sorry.

Cofftea

@Fred that’s why I buy chai spice mix (sans tea) and add it to my favorite tea- black, green, oolong, yellow, white. It’s REALLY good w/ Adagio’s chocolate chip or Botanical Indulgence’s Caramel Creme Oolong.

Oh Cha!

@Cofftea – I like your last post! That sounds like a great thing to try!

And… concentrates do not HAVE to be bad. Many of them just… are. :(

I’M ON THE HUNT FOR A GOOD ONE! I will never prioritise chai over my other teas, but, a good chai latte has it’s place in the world! And chai concentrate can be important to certain recipes… (mmmmm… chai ice cream.)

Cofftea

For chai ice cream why not steep real chai in milk then cool?

Oh Cha!

I’m already flavouring my own ice cream! ;)
Yes, you’re right. :)

S

If you’re still looking for a good concentrate, have you tried Tazo yet? I haven’t had it in years, but I remember it being infinitely better than this sugar cane mess.

Cofftea

Wait… is this a mix or a concentrate?

S

Sorry, I meant concentrate. :)

Cofftea

But the name says mix…

S

I know, but it’s a liquid concentrate.

Cofftea

Sigh Misrepresentation again.

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Cofftea

Concentrate… ick.

Fred

Yeah, I agree with Cofftea, ick. I have had both this and the green tea latte from this company and they are really lacking in depth and flavor. I guess that is just what you get for trying something that is meant to be convenient.

Cofftea

Why use a concentrate when you can use the real things? Baristas always look at me strange when I order my dirty chai lattes and dirty chai mochas and caramel mochas w/ bags.

Fred

I find that although i do love a good chai tea, I admire the simplicity and complexity of a good pan fired chinese green tea over something such as chai with all of those ingredients anyday. It just seems to me sometimes that a lot of the ingredients in a chai are just used to mask or make up for inferior black tea often used in the formula.

Fred

my comment should say chinese black tea not green tea. sorry.

Cofftea

@Fred that’s why I buy chai spice mix (sans tea) and add it to my favorite tea- black, green, oolong, yellow, white. It’s REALLY good w/ Adagio’s chocolate chip or Botanical Indulgence’s Caramel Creme Oolong.

Oh Cha!

@Cofftea – I like your last post! That sounds like a great thing to try!

And… concentrates do not HAVE to be bad. Many of them just… are. :(

I’M ON THE HUNT FOR A GOOD ONE! I will never prioritise chai over my other teas, but, a good chai latte has it’s place in the world! And chai concentrate can be important to certain recipes… (mmmmm… chai ice cream.)

Cofftea

For chai ice cream why not steep real chai in milk then cool?

Oh Cha!

I’m already flavouring my own ice cream! ;)
Yes, you’re right. :)

S

If you’re still looking for a good concentrate, have you tried Tazo yet? I haven’t had it in years, but I remember it being infinitely better than this sugar cane mess.

Cofftea

Wait… is this a mix or a concentrate?

S

Sorry, I meant concentrate. :)

Cofftea

But the name says mix…

S

I know, but it’s a liquid concentrate.

Cofftea

Sigh Misrepresentation again.

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