Remember when rocker Bret Michaels created Snapple Troparocka as part of the Celebrity Apprentice reality show? It was hard to believe that someone who wasn’t a beverage professional could create something so delicious. In fact, I have a bottle sitting next to me right now.
Well, back in April of this year Oprah announced at a Starbucks shareholders’ meeting that she had collaborated with Starbucks and Teavana to create her own chai blend.
Chai tea, for those who don’t know, is actually a but of a redundancy (technically speaking a tautology). The word “chai”is the word for “tea” in many languages in Europe and Asia, derived from the Persian word “chay” which itself was derived from the Chinese word 茶. So when you say “Chai Tea”, you’re actually saying “Tea Tea”.
But “Chai Tea” has become synonymous in the US with a concoction of tea prepared with milk and spices. Just as regular coffee evolved into latte, a mixture of milk and extremely strongly brewed coffee (expresso), chai latte is a mixture of milk, tea, and spices.
Oprah’s Chai combines cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos. But let’s face it, this blend is wildly successful because of one ingredent: Oprah’s name. Just as 90% of coffee connoisseurs out there can’t tell the difference between good expresso and mediocre expresso, the folks who thought of this probably figured the same was true for Chai.
Oprah’s Chai is a decent Chai. It’s a bit too sweet for my wife’s taste and frankly I prefer my latte in coffee form vs. tea form. But overall it’s not bad. And the best thing about it is that a portion of every purchase of leaves from Teavana or drinks from Starbucks goes to benefit educational opportunities for young people through The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.
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