Ever shifted to a decaf tea from a caffeinated tea and felt like there was something missing? Maybe it doesn't tickle your tastbuds like its original counterpart? Read on and we'll delve into why!
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Chai is another word for tea, used mainly in countries along the land trade routes for tea and spices out of China during the thousand years old Silk Road. The word originates from the Sinitic character 茶 which is pronounced ‘cha’ in the Mandarin language. This pronunciation eventually morphed into ”chay” (چای) in Persian as tea traveled across the continent.
One of the most common questions asked of any tea provider is 'Do you have any 'Orange Pekoe'? To which we can assume the person inquiring is looking for a plain black tea. How we got to this understanding is an interesting journey.