Welcome To The Chai Bar
Philly-based, globally inspired
Chai is a lot more than just a beverage. It is so deeply ingrained in the cultural fabric of India that it finds a rightful position in every aspect of life. It takes practice and patience to brew this surprisingly simple to make drink. For those who get it right, there is nothing quite like it. A fresh and delicious cup of chai is a work of alchemy. At The Chai Bar we endeavor to bring to the American lifestyle this wonderful experience called chai in its most authentic form.
We understand that a truly satisfying drink of chai stems from a labor of love, which is why our drinks are handcrafted in small batches and locally made in Philadelphia, similar to the famed ‘chai wallahs,’ or chai makers, in India. Our founder, Madura, has welcomed inspiration from every corner of India to create an ensemble of distinct drinks, making the traditional innovative. We’re the chai you never had!
Chai is a major part of my culture and traditions. In India, guests are known as “emissaries of god”, they come by any time without notice. And when they come, you almost always serve them chai. While growing up in India, my mom or dad would always ask me to make a pot of chai whenever a guest came to our home. Eventually, my brother and sister-in-law fondly started calling me ‘The Chai Master’ because they liked my chai the best!
I initially had a hard time in the U.S. because I was so used to making and offering chai to anyone and everyone who came to our home, may that be a postman, some repair guy, or guests. It never matters. When anyone comes, we serve. I also struggled with the chai I found here. It didn’t taste like the chai I grew up with in India! To me, chai is made with fresh spices and healthy ingredients, unlike typical coffee shop chai which is often made with corn syrup and imitation flavors.
Thus, The Chai Bar was born. I welcome you to join the experience of chai and don’t forget, when you sip a cup of chai, it’s not just a blend of spices and tea with milk, it’s the amalgamation of popular culture, tradition, diversity, history, and stories in one cup!