Use our Chai Concentrate recipe to prep for a batch of lattes that will last you at least a week.
What is a ”dirty chai?” Where did it originate? And is it authentically Indian? (As far as the latter, I can only say that as a young adult in India, I often mixed the two and called it Coffee Chai, prior to any experience of Starbucks’s ”Dirty Chai.” But nothing I have tasted at Starbucks under the titles ”chai” or ”dirty chai” taste anything like what I grew up drinking in India… Hopefully, our recipes and blends will get you one step closer to something more authentically Indian!)
As far as the origins, a barista in England in the 1990s was supposedly making a Chai Latte for a customer, and accidentally added a shot of espresso to the drink. The customer decided to try it, liked it, and the drink quickly became a hit. (And of course, Starbucks popularized it under the title ”Dirty Chai.”)
If you want to make a slightly more authentic (and I would say, delicious) version, I recommend using our Instant Indian Coffee, along with a Chai Blend from our shop. It goes especially well with our Simply Chai, Chocolate Chai, and Golden Chai, but you can of course add it to any blend.
For the longer version, follow our How to Make Chai recipe, then simply add a teaspoon of Instant Coffee to your chai, and stir well. For the quick version, follow our Chai Concentrate recipe, then add 4-5 tablespoons of Chai Concentrate to a cup, add 1-2 teaspoons of Instant Coffee (adjust amount to suit your caffeine needs), stir, then top off with milk of your choice (usually 1 cup is the perfect amount for these quantities). If you prefer it iced, add ice before adding milk. If you prefer it hot, simply heat on the stove, serve, and enjoy.
“Dirty” Chai/Chai Coffee
- Whisk to froth optional
- boiling pot for hot drink
- Ice for cold drink
Dirty Chai using Chai Concentrate
- Add 4-5 tbsp of Chai Concentrate to a glass
- Add ice to glass
- Pour in 1 cup of cold milk
- Pour into chai, stir, and enjoy
- Pour 1 cup of hot chai into a teacup
- Pour over hot chai, stir gently, and enjoy