[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

A recent addition to the tea section of Dean & Deluca, Tipu's Chai is a fast-growing addiction of mine. The Chai comes three ways: regular, decaf, and instant. I headed for the instant (no patience in the mornings!) but quickly backed off when I realized the Instant Chai was double the price of the Regular and Decaf Chai. Stick with the Regular or Decaf, a fair $7.50 for a four-ounce bag that makes approximately 36 cups.

Organic black tea and non-irradiated spices make for vibrant, bold cup of chai, rich on the cardamom, nutmeg and fennel, and easily better than any I've found at a cafe. A suggestion to add grated ginger to milk before steeping is advice worth heeding, that small touch makes all the difference.

Tipu's Chai

At Dean & Deluca's in NYC
Check website for other out of state locations

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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