New Torani Chai Concentrate

Torani Chai Stockton GrahamSimple, real ingredients and flavor craftsmanship are Torani traditions, and their newest beverage innovation highlights both with a taste that’s simply amazing. Torani Chai Concentrate is perfectly balanced for a smoother, richer and tastier chai experience.

To help you explore this chai alternative, Torani and Stockton Graham & Co. are offering complimentary one-week chai tastings at your business. We will provide a case of Torani Chai Concentrate, Torani sample cups, recipes and point-of-sale for your store. If you pick up products locally, you can also ask your Customer Care Associate to sample the chai at our facilities.

In the language of Hindi, chai is a word that simply means “tea.” (So when you put chai on your menu, there’s no need to follow the word Chai with the word Tea.) Today, however, chai has come to represent what traditional Indian cultures would call Chai Masala: a milky sweet, rich tea that is infused with seven aromatic spices. These spices are cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and black pepper.

As more chains are putting chai on their menus and retail shelf offerings keep expanding, chai flavors have become more abundant. You’ll see everything from vanilla and caramel chai to all types of spicy chai. Most spicy chai teas, for instance, also include cayenne or small amounts of Tezpur chili pepper from India, which has been recognized as the hottest pepper in the world—even hotter than Mexico’s Red Savina Habanero.

Torani Chai Concentrate: A perfectly balanced chai

Before launching its new Torani Chai Concentrate, Torani did extensive research into the flavor preferences of Americans. Their goal was to create a perfectly balanced chai where milk, spice, sweetness and tea each complemented each other and no component outweigh the other.

Torani Chai ConcentrateTorani Chai Concentrate is available in two flavors:

  • Traditional: A mellow, well-rounded blend of ground spices paired with honey, cane sugar and organic black tea.
  • Spicy: A lively chai with a bit more kick that highlights the ginger and cinnamon components of the seven traditional chai spices.

 

Whether traditional or spicy, Torani Chai Concentrate is a well-rounded and balanced combination that exudes spice notes that creates a bold experience without overpowering the rich flavor of the tea. The tea is kept fresh in a shelf-stable 32oz Tetra-Pak® and shipped six packs per carton.

What’s more, Torani Chai Concentrate is made with only simple, real ingredients like organic black tea, traditional ground spices, wildflower honey and a touch of pure cane sugar. The ingredient deck is clean and emphases the tea, which is important to consumers who follow health and wellness trends.

Torani Chai ConcentrateThere are three ways to serve Torani Chai Concentrate:

  • Hot: Mix equal parts chai concentrate with any kind of milk. Heat using a steam wand.
  • Iced: Mix equal parts chai with any kind of milk. Pour over iced.
  • Blended: Combine 6oz chai concentrate with 14oz ice and 2oz of any kind of milk. Blend until smooth.

Whatever way you chose to serve it, millennials and boomers alike will welcome the addition of chai to your menu.

For more information on Torani Chai Concentrate, please call a Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943.

 

 

Sip. Savor. Save $3 on Cases of Oregon Chai

Last week, we shared Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte on ice with our friends on Twitter and Facebook. Today, we’re sharing $3 off per case with you!

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, it’s a great time to pick up a case of spiced chai tea latte. Although chai tea’s exotic spices are traditionally from the Eurasian countries of India, Malaysia, Java, Bengal and Cambodia, beverages from Mexico and other Latin American locales share similar flavor profiles. The spice notes can add a pick-me-up to your specialty beverage menu.Oregon Chai logo Guy (2)

The Spiced Chai Tea Latte flavor from Oregon Chai features more authentic chai spice for deeper chai flavor, but it maintains the same amount of caffeine as the original chai latte concentrate: approximately 30–35 mg of caffeine per servings (same as a lightly brewed cup of black tea). Plus, most Oregon Chai concentrates are over 90% organic and carry the USDA Organic seal.

As you plan your Cinco de Mayo menu, think about a simple “Cha Cha Chai” drink special to serve up iced or hot. Just add 3/4 an ounce of your favorite cinnamon syrup to 6 ounces of Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte. Stir well and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg or a cinnamon stick.

Or, if your location has a bar, you can try a Spicy Chai Martini. Just mix 2 ounces of vanilla vodka with 1.5 ounces of Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte and a pump of your favorite cinnamon syrup over ice in a shaker. Give it a few shakes and pour into a cold martini glass.

Any time of the day or night, you can spice up your espresso by adding 6 ounces of Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte to a freshly pulled shot. Add a bit of steamed milk to this Dirty Chai, as this popular drink is now called, for a frothy dirty chai latte experience. We, of course, prefer espresso from Stockton Graham Coffees: the single origin espressos include Seda Dulce and Papua New Guinea and the espresso blends include our ever-popular Midnight Lotus Blend and our San Remo Blend. All coffees are roasted at Stockton Graham & Co. headquarters in Raleigh, NC.

Chai’s Big Flavor is Trending

Chai — traditionally made by mixing black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla bean, nutmeg and honey over milk — is one of this year’s biggest flavor trends. In fact, it was one of the featured flavors at the 40th Anniversary of the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. And that wasn’t just in the international section, but all throughout the Moscone Center.

The tea latte category has been quietly growing for quite a while, with chai lattes as the leader. The basic concept of a tea latte is very simple. Instead of espresso, use a concentrated tea mixed with milk. Tea lattes can be made hot, iced or frozen. All forms offer the same health benefits as traditionally brewed tea and are great alternatives to coffee.

Nirvana in a Cup from Oregon Chai

If you don’t know the history of Oregon Chai, pick up a copy of Nirvana in a Cup: The Founding of Oregon Chai by Tedde McMillen. It’s a fabulous story of true-life mother-daughter journey that transformed the ancient tea from a traditional Himalayan cultural and health secret to a multi-million dollar Oregon Chai company.

Nirvana in a cup starts off with the arresting, literally, line “Mom, call the embassy! I’ve been arrested!” The plea from Ms. McMillian’s 20-year-old daughter, Heather, from Zambia at 3am in the morning on Christmas Eve turned out to be a journey of a lifetime for the mom-and-daughter duo.

Although the company has grown over 400% since distributing its launch press release on Halloween day in 1994, the crave-worthy drink is still a favorite among baristas, mixologists and chefs. That’s why Oregon Chai is one of the biggest chai brewers in the U.S. The company, which is still located in Portland, is now owned by Kerry Group Plc.

Order your Oregon Chai Spiced Chai Tea Latte and get $3 off a case of 32oz boxes. Offer ends 5/1/2015. Just call a Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to order.