Tipu’s ChaiMonday, May 14, 2012 6:00 AM
Who needs coffee?
We’re partial to thinking mama always knows best, but if Tipu’s Chai is any indication, sometimes it’s Grandma who knows best.
When Tipu founder Bipin Patel’s grandmother moved to Uganda from her native Gujarat, India to raise her family, she brought along her treasured chai recipe. During Patel’s childhood in eastern Africa, he learned to cook native Indian cuisine from his grandmother and enjoy the chai’s rich flavor. Later, he moved to England and then to Montana, where he opened Tipu’s Tiger Restaurant and offered his grandmother’s special brew. When the chai beverage became one of the most popular items on the menu, Patel started bottling a concentrate for local cafes and restaurants. Now, a decade later, we can all enjoy a slew of Tipu’s Chai products including liquid concentrates, slow brews, and instant chai via a new online presence (and thank goodness because the trek from NY to Montana is a bit far for chai…).
Our favorite product in the line is Tipu’s Chai Now (an instant chai latte blend), which is vegan, dairy, gluten-free, certified Kosher, includes four grams of protein per serving, and can be enjoyed in a snap. To boot, all the spices are blended in-house from pure spices so the chai is not only healthier than coffee, but more flavorful.
Who needs Starbucks?
Dish with us: Have you ever indulged in chai?