Original Chai

  • Good news for a royal cup of tea
  • Made with organic cardamom, licorice, ginger and cinnamon
  • Delicious with or without milk and honey
  • Ethically sourced, 100% organically grown ingredients

Take the journey of a thousand Rajahs. Chai - be in awe, for this exotic blend once danced on the lips of Indian royalty. Today, it thrills beyond palaces. Ours is a fairly traded bounty of gingery warmth, cinnamon glow, cardamom zing, and a black tea lift dappled with licorice. It’s magical India, in a cup.

Every Pukka plastic-free tea bag comes in its own recyclable envelope to retain the essential oils in our organic herbs. Each bag has two chambers, allowing these incredible herbs to flow and release the full potency in your cup. To help the flavours to fully disperse, pour boiling water directly on the bag. Every herb loves the water, so leave them to steep for the perfect brew. And remember to boil just the amount of water you need to make your cuppa as sustainable as it can be.

100% organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients: Fairtrade cinnamon bark (40%), Fairtrade black tea (20%), ginger root (20%), cardamom seed (10%), licorice root.

What's in the box?

Original Chai

20 individually sealed sachets ready to make the perfect cuppa

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Frequently asked questions

  • Why we love Cinnamon and is cinnamon safe?

    Cinnamon has been used safely for many years as a flavouring in foods and for its broad range of health benefits however there appears to be some confusion around some interpretation of what ‘true cinnamon’ is. It is one of two common names for only one form of cinnamon bark from the species Cinnamomum verum Syn. zeylanicum. This cinnamon is also called Ceylon cinnamon and it is not contained in our teas, being somewhat less flavoursome and lacking in many of the beneficial nutrients when made into a tea.

    Our unique Three Cinnamon blend is made with Vietnamese (Cinnamomum aromaticum), Indonesian (C. burmanni) and Indian (C. bejolghota) cinnamon respectively. All non-verum cinnamon’s are also known rather generically as cassia cinnamon and are the most commonly consumed cinnamons in both Europe and the United States, as well as through most of India, China and elsewhere in Asia. As you may know, the coumarin content of this form of cinnamon tends to be higher when compared with the verum form (but all cinnamon species contain coumarin). Owing to its high coumarin content, its beneficial properties and its unique flavouring characteristics, we include these three types of cinnamon in our Three Cinnamon tea. It is safe for everyone to drink. Our risk-assessment based on EFSA safety factors show that you would need to drink over 42 cups of our Three Cinnamon tea a day for a few weeks for there to be any problem. Of course, no one is going to do that. In all of our planning we assume that we will just drink three cups of any one type of tea a day.

    The concerns have stemmed mainly from evidence that liver or kidney toxicity can occur after exposure to high doses of coumarin over prolonged periods. However, this has been shown to be linked to a common detoxification pathway that is not present in humans, namely the 3-hydroxycoumarin pathway, which yields potentially toxic metabolites of coumarin. Humans are generally much less likely to suffer such toxicity because most individuals rely on the much more efficient 7-hydroxycoumarin pathway.

    However, there are justifiable concerns with very high intakes of cassia cinnamon when ingested as a ground powder in large quantities by a small subpopulation of individuals who have a genetic defect that prevents the effective biotransformation of coumarins by the liver. This has been the focus of a lot of recent research and risk assessment.

    We not only test the total coumarin content of all our cinnamon containing teas at third-party EU laboratories and in our own quality control facility based at our headquarters in Bristol, we also ensure that the total amount available when consumed as a tea would not induce any liver issues — the main potential risk — even in the most susceptible individuals.

    Our tea with the most amount of cinnamon is Three Cinnamon. Each cup of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea, based on a single bag infused in boiling hot water (250 mL) for 5 minutes, contains about 7mg coumarins. Clinical evidence suggests that you would need to drink 42 cups of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea for there to be any adverse effects or liver toxicity. Our other teas with cinnamon have the following lower levels of coumarin; Original, Green and Vanilla Chais have 3.2 mg, Revitalise has 2.1mg and Licorice and Cinnamon has 1.2 mg. Our Fibre Plus has 1.5 mg per daily serving and are all well within safe limits.

    Bearing in mind variations in susceptibility between individuals, and the incomplete state of knowledge of coumarins, Pukka Herbs offers the following recommendations to ensure the safety of its teas containing Cinnamon, notably Three Cinnamon tea.

    • Do not exceed four cups of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea daily within any 2 week period.
    • People with liver disease or coumarin sensitivity (polymorphism of CYP2A6 enzyme) should not consume more than one cup of Pukka Three Cinnamon tea daily within any 2 week period, unless otherwise directed by their health professional.
    • All of our other teas and supplements containing cinnamon can be used freely according to the recommendations on the packaging.
  • Are your teabag envelopes recyclable?

    There are two main ways to keep a teabag fresh: wrap the individual bags or wrap the entire box. This is essential if you want to protect the high quality therapeutic organic herbs and essential oils. At Pukka we prefer to wrap each bag in an envelope so that once the box (ours is made with FSC certified cardboard and printed with vegetable-based inks) is open the other teabags remain fresh.

    The good news is after four years of research and development, we’ve made a tea envelope that can go in your paper recycling bin. Our brand new FSC® certified paper envelopes still include a very thin coating of plastic that is free from BPA and PVC. It’s so thin that it can be recycled with normal paper. After successful trials with some of our bulkier blends, from 1st May 2018 we began the transition of all our teas into these recyclable envelopes. We expect all our blends to be in the new envelope by the end of 2018.  They may take a little while to get to your favourite retailer, so look out for the recycling logo on your envelope.

    Looking even further ahead we are currently researching ways to source this recyclable barrier from a compostable plant-based source too. We will freely share this technology with other tea companies as soon as we’ve found the solution.

  • Can I recycle your teabags in my food recycling? And can I home compost them?

    You can recycle our teabags in your food recycling bins/caddies. And you can home compost our teabags too. We are currently applying for an independent certification to give you added peace of mind that our teabags are 100% compostable. We are confident the paper will pass, and we will have the certification shortly.

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Dietary information

  • Organic
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Wheat free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Soya free
  • Nut free
  • Kosher

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