Chai is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a very old beverage that has different roles in different countries. The chai tradition developed in India 2,500 years ago as a result of trade with China. Chai tea from India is actually a spiced up milk tea that became popular throughout the world. It is made up of a strong rich black tea, some spices, heavy milk and a sweetener. Spices that are used the most are: cinnamon, ginger, pepper and cloves, but it varies from country to country. So, how much caffeine is in chai tea? Depends on the ingredients that we choose to put in it. Indian chai is well known to produce a warming soothing effect, that just makes you crave another cup. In the past few years chai became very popular beverage at shops, and some analysts believe that the chai tea will become (in time) as popular and as common as coffee lattes. Great chai can often be found in Indian restaurants along with great food, but making your own chai provides the biggest satisfaction out of all of them (and it also makes your house smell amazing!)
So a nice cup of warm simple tea sounds awesome, right? Sure it does, for some period of time, but since we live in the modern age, we can get tired of some plain things easily, so we had to take it up a notch, and now we have chai ices, milkshakes, non-fat, decaf and so on.
Tea In Other Countries
In the United Kingdom, the Brits drink their tea daily, and their tea is perceived as their most consumed cultural beverage. In their home, it is necessary for hosts to offer a cup of tea to their guests as soon as they arrive. They consume tea in and out of the house, and when they are outdoors they go to a cafe or tea rooms. During afternoon hours, tea and cakes are a cultural stereotype, while in southwest England, some cafes serve a cream tea. And in some parts of the United Kingdom, tea can refer to the evening meal. Imagine saying ‘Chai time’ (or tea time) instead of dinner time. Unusual.
Ireland is also in a lead when it comes to per-capita consumers of tea in the world. Statistics say that they consume four cups per person per day, and some people drink up to six or even more! Tea in Ireland is usually taken with milk and sugar, and is slightly spicier than the English tea.
When it comes to Arab culture, tea is used for social gatherings.
Turkish tea is an important part of the country’s culture. Turkish tea is the most consumed drink, despite the fact that Turks used to drink coffee for a very long period of time. In 2004 Turkey produced 205,500 tonnes of tea (6.4% of the world’s total tea production), which made it one of the largest tea markets in the world. 55% of that tea was consumed in Turkey, and the rest had been exported worldwide.
82% of Russians consume tea daily. Yes, tea, not vodka.
In the United States, 80% of tea is consumed as iced tea.
In the transnational Kashmir region (the border between India and Pakistan), Kashmir chai is consumed for some special occasions, such as weddings, and is sold the best during winter. It is a pink creamy tea, that contains almonds, cardamom, pistachios and sometimes cinnamon.
Indian tea culture is different and has got a strong game, because tea is the most popular hot beverage in their country. People consume it daily in almost all homes, they offer it to their guests and consume it a lot outdoors and on some official business meetings. They make it with milk and the tea is usually sweetened. At their home tea is served with biscuits that need to be dipped in to the tea. And they prefer drinking small doses from small cups in stead of using one large cup.
Mali has got a very interesting way of serving tea. The gunpowder tea is served in three series, and they start off with the highest oxidization or strongest unsweetened tea, which is know as ‘Strong like death’ tea. Second tea is made with the same tea leaves, but they just get boiled again and they add some sugar. That tea is called ‘Pleasant as life’, and the third one is called ‘Sweet as love’, where the same leaves get boiled once more, but a generous amount of sugar gets added. I guess third time’s a charm ?
The Amount Of Caffeine In Chai Tea?
Black tea contains some amount of caffeine, and that means your cup of chai also has it, unless you drink decaffeinated tea. It’s not that easy to be precise about the amount of caffeine per cup, because we need to know how much of black tea was used and for how long was it brewed before the tea bags were removed. Approximately, we can say that an 8-ounce cup of black tea that was brewed for about three minutes has from 30-80mg of caffeine. Chai tea has got 40mg of caffeine. So, you would have to drink three cups of chai tea to achieve the same amount of caffeine you get in a single cup of coffee.
As mentioned earlier, approximately one cup of chai tea contains 40mg of caffeine. But the caffeine in tea works differently than the caffeine in coffee, and that is because the interaction with a component that is knows as tanin. Tanin has a calming effect on our nervous system. That causes caffeine to be absorbed much slower, avoiding the caffeine shock but is giving a calm and relaxed state. And because chai tea does not have the caffeine shock of coffee, you can drink some extra cups. Many people drink it even before their bed time, but if you are sensitive to caffeine, you should avoid that, and could try Rooibos Chai, which contains zero caffeine. It is interesting that many people prefer the taste of chai over coffee. That is because chai is mentally clarifying and energizing, but it can also calm us down. And unlike other tea flavors, this one has got some strong and bold texture, because all of the spices, so it is no wonder that can be the best substitute for coffee.
You know how water is our most precious resource? With every day we value it even more, because who knows what the future holds. And guess what, if you are drinking tea, you are saving water! Approximately, more than 1100 cups of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee, but when it comes to tea, we only need about 1/10 of that amount for one cup.
If you are a healthy adult, then dosage of 400mg per day is considered as a moderate amount. Some researches tell us that genetics may influence your ability to caffeine tolerance, and that is the reason why some people are more sensitive than others. Caffeine does stimulate our body and our nervous system, but if you take more than you can handle, you can have many side affects, such as anxiousness, rambling your speech and insomnia. When we are talking about chai tea, people would recommend it to pregnant women, because of the herbs that are in it. Those herbs could relieve nausea and morning sickness, but always consider with your doctor first.
Does Chai Latte Have Caffeine?
Since we were talking about how we live in a modern age, we should also think about our caffeine levels in our modern drinks.
Chai latte is made in the most common and plain way, so the answer is yes, chai latte contains caffeine, since black tea is the main ingredient and it contains caffeine, that makes it a caffeinated drink. Mostly, chai tea latte is made using black tea, warm milk, sweetener and some combination of cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. However the quantity of caffeine varies on the ingredients that you put in.
How Much Caffeine Is In Chai Latte?
Let’s elaborate this question as well. As we said, the amount of caffeine in your chai latte will depend on the type of tea you choose, and the ingredients that you choose. Instead of black tea, you can also use green tea. And you can make a decaffeinated tea if you do not prefer your drinks caffeinated.
A cup of 8 ounces (or 240 milliliters) of standard black tea has 40 to 120 milligrams of caffeine. Decaffeinated black tea has only 2 to 10 milligrams of caffeine in the same cup. But the amount of caffeine in chai latte is lower than the cup of black tea because of adding milk to your tea.
1. Classic Chai Tea Latte in Coffee Shop
The standard chai tea latte you is made with black tea, spices and milk. Two cups of this type of chai latte will have 95 mg of caffeine. When we are talking about calories, the number is 240, and 40 of that are from fat.
2. Chai Tea Latte Mix
You can find premade mixtures of chai tea lattes as a powder or concentrate, and you just add milk or water to them. If you take this in concentrated form, you can obtain caffeine for 30 to 35 mg with one cup serving. For a powder form, 35 to 55 mg of caffeine is contained in one cup of serving. This tells us that the powdered version of tea contains a higher level of caffeine.
3. Brewed Chai Tea
If you take your time to brew chai tea with a tea bag and some hot milk, the numbers will change. The tea that you purchase in store should have a label on it which tells you the quantity of caffeine level, but approximately, there will be around 50 mg in your tea bag (but we can’t be sure since every tea bag is different)
Are There Any Benefits Of Consuming Chai Latte?
Sure there is, fist is replacing it with coffee, because they are similar. In order to get the same amount of caffeine that you have in one cup of your coffee you would have to drink three cups of chai latte tea. If you prefer your coffee to be strong, then you will need to step up your game and drink six cups of chai latte tea. Technically, you would drink a lot more, but much healthier, and if you want to take care of yourself, then why not go for it?
One more benefit when it comes co chai latte is that it acts as antioxidant. The spices have some old millennial history and they were used to promoting health and treating many diseases.
You Still Need To Control The Caffeine Intake
Because the answer to the question, is 40mg or more, you need to drink with caution. Drinking too much caffeine can be problematic for every person from time to time. That happens because caffeine is a stimulant, and it can lead to heart problems, headaches, nervousness, and insomnia in some cases. People who have epilepsy or have a high change of seizures should avoid using too much caffeine.