Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

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  1. No, but it’s an interesting question. The term “Latte” comes from Italian, and just means “milk”. When people use “Latte” to refer to “Cafe latte”, they’re just shortening the full phrase for the sake of brevity. Of course, in English, if you use something as a word for long enough, it becomes a word in its own right, so while “Latte” means milk in Italian, it now means “espresso with steamed milk” in English. And “Latte” is now different from “Chai Latte” (the latter meaning “Chai Tea with Steamed Milk).
    This is why we love to hate English.

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  2. No, Chai Latte (Original name: Masala Chai) is a tea based drink traditionally prepared by a decoction of green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves. As given by the name the popular version sold in Starbucks adds milk hence the latte moniker.
    Interestingly enough Chai Latte is a drink that mostly poor people consume in India, often seen being served by street vendors.
    Masala chai – Wikipedia

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  3. Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

    The short answer is no.
    Chai (in anglophone countries) is a black tea blended with spices. A chai latte is a psuedo-coffee beverage some choose to order when they go out for a coffee with friends. It may be topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon over foamy milk (cows’, soy or almond).

    Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

    Why is chai latte a thing?
    I come from Melbourne Australia. Chai lattes are common here. It was borne out of our celebration of an extremely strong European coffee culture, which gradually spread around the country reaching its peak in the last 10 years with the Hipster Barista movement. So deeply is coffee snobbery embedded in our culture that Starbucks failed here and closed most stores, leaving just a handful for tourists.
    In Melbourne we act like we own the whole idea of ‘sophisticated’ contemporary coffee culture. When we “go out for coffee” we turn up our collective noses at adding flavored syrups, cream toppings, half-caf, de-caf, tall, bucket sized etc. So instead of a whipped cream topped milky iced coffee with ice cream, in sweltering Summer temperatures we’ll have a black cold drip pour-over (ice) with perhaps a dash of milk. It’s the black turtleneck of coffee sophistication LOL and BTW let’s take it away in a sustainable reusable cup .

    Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

    The Aussie coffee scene jumped the shark when McDonalds Australia created the “McCafe” a concept that has spread globally and is still informed by the Aussie team. Coffee snobs still wouldn’t be caught dead drinking it unless stuck in transit overseas and showing signs of caffeine withdrawal. Ditto for Starbucks.
    But essentially this culture’s roots lie in the WW2 Italian migrant community who set up new style continental cafes and espresso bars. It was here that the first commercial espresso machine was invented. Today no decent cafe would be without one, and some customized ones are as expensive as a small car.
    In Australia the most popular drinks during the day are the foamy, steam pulled, milky café latté and flat whites – the latter an Aussie or Kiwi(New Zealand) invention – perhaps thanks to our abundant food secure grass raised dairy industry. We start the day with one, we have one in our breaks, with lunch and sometimes after dinner.

    Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

    Significant in our laneway coffee culture, the baristas are always in plain view of guests. Some can be like Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” in their lack of deference and most don’t generally like to pause from their “zen flow” to make a pot or cup of tea. In fact very few venues serve tea that is of high quality or as high standard as the coffee. That’s something we’re working on.
    So the chai latté filled mutual needs between non coffee customer and barista. It’s based on the milky coffee drinks. The barista can pre-make a concentrated tea base or use a base syrup and top it with the foamy milk. The same can be said for the turmeric latte, matcha latte and black sesame lattes that have grown in popularity in Asia and Oceania.
    This makes for a happier barista and has become the option some choose socially if they don’t want coffee. To order one is like not being left out. It’s not however a caffeine free option as black tea has the highest concentration of caffeine of all teas.
    What actually is Chai?
    Cha or chai means tea . Today ‘Chai’ also commonly refers to a spicy tea blend from either Sri Lanka (also known as spice tea) or from India (masala chai). It is thought to date back over thousands of years and some say it originated in Siam (Thailand) before the British developed the tea industry in India and Ceylon (after being ejected from China for drug dealing ).
    In India Masala Chai literally means spice blend tea. It was originally considered an ayurvedic concoction and consequently – as it was considered therapeutic – the spices were tailored to one’s body type .
    It has variations but the basic is a blend of black tea, pepper, cardamon, cloves, and can include cassia or cinnamon and other embellishments. Ginger is sometimes added.
    Typically chai is made by boiling the blend of tea and spices in milk and water to form an aromatic brew that’s strained and served in small unglazed clay cups. Some add honey to sweeten it.
    Australian Chai
    Today in Australia the chai latte trend has spawned “boutique” chai blends – some made pretty with assorted colourful petals that make no discernable change to the flavour or beetroot powder to make them fashionably pink . There’s also “wet or sticky” chai pastes that purport to have a more robust flavour or base syrups that eliminate the brewing process.
    Globally multinational tea companies sell chai blends, teabags, pyramids and instant powders. Every blend has its own flavour and it’s a matter of finding one that suits your palate or making your own.

    Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

    Chai’s have become increasingly expensive and many come in desirably on trend packaging. Coffee snobs would assume these would be instagrammed and drunk while dressed in Lululemon yoga gear that had never hit the mat.
    In this spirit, I once ordered a chai that arrived as a latte in a fancy earthenware beaker with pashmak (Iranian fairy floss) on top; very insta, very sweet.
    It is what it is, for whomever desires it, but it’s definitely not a coffee. Though in Hong Kong you can order a blend of tea and coffee strained through a stocking. And that’s a story for another post.
    For masala chai purists, happily there’s an emerging trend in the West of being offered traditional brewed chai, without the foamy milk. Something for everyone, huh?

    Is chai latte considered to be coffee?

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