Chico Chai is a rare brew, one made entirely from whole, real ingredients, no flavorings or extracts.
The organic spices are ground fresh, and combined with fair trade, organic Tea. The chai is micro-brewed, simmered slowly in small batches by hand. This local artisan tea has a unique taste, the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Each batch is lightly sweetened with organic, unrefined sugar, using far less sugar than most mainstream chais.
Sarah, our owner and Brewmistress, started Chico Chai in 2004 selling chai at the local farmers' market and to a few local cafes. Before long, demand grew for her fresh, spiced chai and it's now served at the fine coffeehouses all over Northern California. Despite its popularity, our chai is still brewed fresh from scratch in small batches, with great attention paid to detail and quality.
Striving for Sustainability
Chico Chai is committed to using only whole, certified organic ingredients in its recipes to create a chai without preservatives or flavorings. All of the teas we use are certified fair trade. After we’re done brewing chai, the spent spices are provided to our community as valuable compost. We utilize reused materials to ship products, recycle when we cannot reuse, and provide bulk products whenever possible to reduce the amount of packaging necessary. We are continuously updating our procedures in order to make a more positive impact on the world around us.
Supporting our Community
Over the years, we have donated chai and labor to help support our community, which so graciously supports us. Here are just a few of the organizations we’ve worked with so far: KZFR Community Radio, KCHO Northstate Public Radio, Centerville Recreation and Historical Association, Independent Living Services of Northern California, Chico Peace and Justice Center, Butte Environmental Council, Relay For Life, Chico Cabaret, Kids and Creeks, Blue Oak Charter School, Forest Ranch Charter School, Bioneers, CSUC Environmental Action Resource Center, Farm Sanctuary, Just One Person, Childrens Organ Transplant Program, Chico Grange, Salmonid Restoration Federation, Chico Certified Farmers Markets, Circle of Health, BikeChico. (we heart our community!)
Praise for Chico Chai
"The best chai tea ever without a doubt!"
Stacy from Seattle, WA on Yelp!
"complex and arresting layering of taste"
"so refreshing and cheer[s] me up with the very first sip"
The Homespun Life - Blog
"divinely delicious chai"
Chico News & Review
"Luckily for Sacramento, Sarah Adams has her Chico Chai to help us in our tea-cup quandary."
Sacramento News & Review