The mystique of exotic spices from the fields of India into your Starbucks Chai Tea Latte is the biggest lie you’ve been sold since someone told you, “you weren’t good enough.”
The fact that it repeats what it is three times in the title is a fantastic testament to the scam that is being perpetrated here. The words chai, tea and latte are literally the same thing. Indians just call it, “cha.”
Not only is the name itself offensive for telling you the same thing three times, but the flavor profile is truly the culprit here.
If you’ve ever had a sip of freshly made chai from anywhere in the world, you will have had an experience where the freshly combined spices dance atop your tongue like a ceremony celebrating your being amongst the cosmos.
This is where the lie lives at the bottom of your white cardboard cup.
Look. There is only one and only one time a Starbuck’s chai tea latte resembles the taste of chai. That’s when a freshly made cup of chai has gotten cold after being left out, for 6+ hours, with the separation of milk clearly evident on it’s surface. Then it’s re-heated, in a microwave, stirred with the most crustiest of spoons and then presented to you for the pleasure of your $5.95.
P.S. Seek out your local chai-walla at any local Indian restaurant to get a taste of the real deal.