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Masala Chai

Beautiful masala chai (spiced black tea) made in collaboration with Art of Tea & Barkha Cardoz.

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  • Single origin spices sourced directly from small farms
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"Whisking together my personal recipe of spices and tea into the perfect cup of chai was a ritual I loved sharing with my late husband, Floyd. It's also something I do for myself whenever I need a hug." -Barkha Cardoz

Our Masala Chai was made in partnership with Barkha Cardoz and Art of Tea. Barkha’s signature masala chai recipe features Art of Tea’s rich, malty Assam tea blended with our single-origin spices, including Cloud Forest Cardamom, Buffalo Ginger, Robusta Black Peppercorns, Cinnamon Verum, Pemba Cloves and Grenada Gold Nutmeg. The resulting blend offers a sweet, spicy, and sensory experience that’s both energizing and soothing. Barkha recommends giving the tin a gentle shake to wake up the spices.

Brew 1–2 tsp tea with 8 oz water at 206 °F. Steep 5–8 minutes. Sweeten and add milk of choice as desired.

Masala chai photo credit: Audrey Ma
Barkha Cardoz photo credit: Lauren Volo



Tea and spices are blended together



Assam tea, ground cloud forest cardamom, buffalo ginger, robusta black peppercorns, ground cinnamon verum, ground pemba cloves, Grenada gold nutmeg

Cooking tips

Brew 1–2 tsp tea with 8 oz water at 206 °F. Steep 5–8 minutes. Sweeten and add milk of choice as desired.


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About Barkha Cardoz
Barkha Cardoz is a culinary entrepreneur and cookbook author. She is the founder of Cardoz Legacy LLC, the creator of the Floyd Cardoz Masalas, and the co-founder of The Young Scientist Foundation, an organization she launched with her late husband, chef Floyd Cardoz, to provide high school students experience at research labs around the country. In 2020, Barkha introduced a collection of masalas to honor Floyd’s legacy. Each is an iteration of a spice blend Floyd and Barkha developed and used at home, to make dinnertime easier. Barkha also wrote a new cookbook, With Love & Masalas: Everyday Indian Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours.
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About Art of Tea
Art of Tea is an award-winning tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles. Founder and Master Tea Blender Steve Schwartz sources rare and distinct teas directly from growers around the world through long-lasting relationships and travels. The seeds that formed Art of Tea’s foundation were first planted in 1996 when Steve began his journey studying preventative medicine at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico.
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how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?



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