As seen in your local specialty coffee shop:
Hugo Tea's microbrewed masala chai concentrate in bag-in-box format.
(2021: updated with fast-pour spouts)
Our true to tea concentrate is brewed in-house weekly for unmatched freshness. It starts with organic Guangxi black tea slowly simmered with cinnamon bark, cardamom seed, malabar peppercorns, ginger root, and clove bud. Our chai favors cardamom and cinnamon, with ginger in a supporting role. The blend is steeped until a full-bodied concentrate is formed, to which a modest measure of lemon-derived citric acid and cane sugar is added. This lightly caramelizes and melts into the brew, providing big body and homogenizing the chai in a way honey, stevia, or molasses can't. This is chai that tastes like chai; not lemon, honey, chemical sweetener, or rum.
This concentrate is 1:2(1 part chai : 2 parts milk). This compares to 1:1 concentrates that produce watery chai, and 1:3 or 1:4 concentrates that make excessively milky chai and are harder to dose. Highly suitable for blending with milk and signature drink mixing. Each box makes 24 12 ounce lattes.
Outfitted with an ergonomic pour spout, MASALA CHAI makes for easy, well-rounded chai lattes at home and behind bar with forward spice and subtle sweetness. This recipe was designed and tweaked to perfection after years of input from professional baristas. Mix the concentrate with your preferred milk (over ice or with steamed milk) for coffee shop-tier lattes.
1:2 concentrate (1 part chai : 2 parts milk)
INGREDIENTS: An infusion of spices* and black tea*, sugar, citric acid.
Unopened, the concentrate keeps for 1 year. Opened, 1 month.
Refrigerate after opening.