I love my tea, always have done, always will do! While many may associate vegetarian or plant based diets with health conscious green teas and herbal teas, I personally love black tea, strong, rich and flavoursome. I also love spices and chocolate, so a chai choc tea is particularly appealing! Immediately those spices hit the water, the house is infused with an exotic warm aroma and the rich, thick smell of raw cacao, slowly weaves its way up the nose and towards the salivary glands. Choc chai tea has that feeling of comfort, like an old pair of Pj’s and a sofa with lots of cushions to sink into (which is exactly what you feel like doing once you’ve made it!).
This tea of course is a western version of the wonderful Ayurvedic Chai Tea but as Westerner’s, we are very clever at picking out bits we like out of a certain modality and ignoring what we don’t like or don’t know. Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years, has a lot of gifts to offer and is so much more than the Dosha’s of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurveda deserves respect and has obviously stood the test of time.
Now I’m no expert on Ayurveda, but I do know that they put certain spices in certain foods to counteract the effects of that food. In this case, the secret ingredient is cardamom, which counters the effects of caffeine in the tea and cacao. Pretty damn smart don’t you think!