Tuesday, March 2, 2010
When I was in college, I had a favorite coffee shop downtown that I would frequent on a pretty regular basis. Warm, inviting and full of students typing away on their laptops, it was a great place to relax and people-watch (one of my favorite pastimes). It was here I discovered — and soon became enamored with — chai, a great alternative to coffee or tea.
Up until now, chai has been a drink that I only order at coffee shops. It’s always been a mysterious, spicy-sweet concoction that I never even imagined I could recreate at home. That has all changed, thanks to Rishi Tea (www.rishi-tea.com). All I have to do is mix the company’s rich and flavorful Masala Chai Concentrate with warm milk, and in minutes, I have a deliciously comforting drink.
The concentrate is an organic, kosher, vegan, gluten-free and Fair Trade-certified microbrewed blend of spices and vanilla infused with a sustainably harvested, single-origin, forest-grown black tea. The best part about the Masala Chai Concentrate, aside from its unbelievable flavor, is the fact that proceeds from each sale benefit Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program (www.rootsandshoots.org), a global, youth-driven organization that participates in projects to promote care and concern for animals and the environment.