How to Make Chai Tea Concentrate From Tea Bags

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably fallen in love with the comforting aroma and delightful taste of chai tea. But have you ever wondered how you can make your own chai tea concentrate at home using tea bags? I did too, and I’ve discovered the perfect method to share with you! 

In this article, we’ll be delving into the world of chai, exploring what it is, how it’s made, and how you can recreate your favorite chai lattes right in your own kitchen.

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What Is Chai Tea?

Chai tea is a traditional Indian beverage that has been enjoyed for centuries. The word “chai” itself means “tea” in Hindi, and it’s a blend of black tea, spices, milk, and sweeteners. The spices commonly used in chai tea include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper. It’s a warm, comforting drink that has become increasingly popular in Western countries, where it’s often enjoyed as a latte.

What Is Chai Tea Concentrate Made Of?

Chai tea concentrate is a concentrated blend of black tea and spices that can be mixed with milk or water to create chai tea. It’s often sweetened with sugar or honey, and it’s a convenient way to enjoy chai tea without having to brew it from scratch every time. The concentrate can be used to make hot or iced chai lattes and can be customized to suit your personal taste preferences.

How to Make Chai Tea Concentrate From Tea Bags

Making your own chai tea concentrate is surprisingly easy, and it’s a fantastic way to experiment with different flavors and spice combinations. Let’s dive into the process!

Chai Concentrate Ingredients

  • 8 chai tea bags (preferably black tea with spices)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar or honey (or more, to taste)
  • Optional: extra spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, or black pepper for a stronger flavor


  1. Begin by bringing the 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low.
  2. Add the chai tea bags to the hot water and let them steep for 10-15 minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger the concentrate will be.
  3. Remove the tea bags, making sure to squeeze out any remaining liquid. Discard the tea bags.
  4. If desired, add extra spices to the concentrate for a stronger flavor. Simmer the concentrate on low heat for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the spices to infuse.
  5. Stir in the brown sugar or honey until it’s completely dissolved. You can adjust the sweetness to your taste preferences.
  6. Remove the concentrate from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  7. Pour the chai concentrate into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.

How to Make a Hot Chai Latte With This Concentrate

  1. Heat 1/2 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy) in a small saucepan until it’s steaming but not boiling.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of chai concentrate to the saucepan and heat the mixture until it’s warmed through.
  3. Pour the hot chai latte into a mug and enjoy! You can also froth the milk before adding it to the concentrate for a creamier, foamier latte.

How to Make an Iced Chai Latte With This Concentrate

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of chai concentrate over the ice.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of cold milk (dairy or non-dairy) to the glass and stir well.
  4. If desired, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg on top, and enjoy your refreshing iced chai latte!

How Long Does Homemade Chai Concentrate Last?

Homemade chai concentrate can last up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Be sure to give it a good shake before using it to ensure that all the flavors are well-blended.

What Chai Tea Bags Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks uses its own brand of chai tea bags called Tazo Classic Chai. It’s a blend of black tea and spices, including cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. You can find Tazo chai tea bags at many grocery stores or online if you want to replicate the Starbucks chai tea flavor at home.

Is Chai Concentrate From Tea Bags Healthy?

Chai tea concentrate from tea bags can have numerous health benefits, but consuming it in moderation is essential. Some potential benefits and side effects include:


  • Rich in antioxidants from the black tea and spices, which may help reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage
  • May help with digestion, as some spices like ginger and cardamom are known to aid in digestive health
  • Can provide a natural energy boost due to its caffeine content

Side effects:

  • High sugar content, especially if additional sweeteners are used
  • Caffeine content may not be suitable for those sensitive to caffeine or who are looking to limit their caffeine intake

Can I Buy a Pre-Made Chai Concentrate?

Although not as easily available, some options are available online. Here are the best chai concentrates that we have found.

How Much Caffeine Is in Chai Tea?

Chai tea typically contains around 40-60 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce serving. However, this amount can vary depending on the brand of tea bags used and how long the tea is steeped. If you’re sensitive to caffeine or looking to reduce your intake, consider using decaffeinated tea bags or steeping the tea for a shorter time.

Final Thoughts

Making your own chai tea concentrate from tea bags is an easy and cost-effective way to enjoy this delicious, comforting beverage at home. By following the steps in this guide, you can create the perfect chai latte to suit your taste preferences, whether hot or iced. Plus, you’ll have the added satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself! 

So go ahead, experiment with different tea bags and spice combinations, and savor your homemade chai tea creation.

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