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What is chai tea

23 mayo, 2021

As a good provincial, who lives in a town that is not too big and who is also a bit lazy to leave home, there are many things that are becoming fashionable and which I do not find out about. One of those fashions that was escaping me was to drink chai tea.

The first time I heard about him was a few weeks ago, during a quick trip to a European capital and from the mouth of a modern and current, small city. During a waiting conversation, on the platform of a cold station, he told me that a good chai tea would suit him very well. I put on a poker face and answered – you’re right, a very warm one -, although deep down I was thinking – What will a chai tea be? I have to consult it -, but the truth is that one day after another and I never made the consultation and I forgot the subject, until today, looking at photos of the trip, I remembered the conversation.

Although it is now fashionable it is not something new, originally from India, it was born in the century XIX, when the English wanted to plant tea, in their colony, to avoid the monopoly of this product by China. The special taste of the Indians for well-seasoned foods, made people begin to add the typical spices of the area where they lived.

The normal thing is that each one varies both the spices and the proportion with respect to the liquid, depending on their personal tastes, in the same way the type of tea (green or black) is varied, whether or not milk is added or the form of sweeten it (white or brown sugar, honey or cane honey, sweetener, etc.).

Therefore we can say that chai tea It is a green or black tea, which is prepared flavored with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and vanilla, among others. In fact, thanks to them this tea achieves in addition to flavor, a series of extra medicinal properties, it is considered to be digestive, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and provides benefits for those who have cardiovascular and respiratory problems.

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