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Recipe – How to make a Dirty Chai Latte

BY @lucacapula

What is a Dirty Chai Latte?

Our favorite fancy coffee drink for a splurge? A Dirty Chai Latte! Adding a shot of espresso to masala chai gives it a jolt of caffeine. Even better, the bitterness of coffee is just right for rounding out the subtle creamy sweetness. If you want to know more about espresso coffee, read here.

What is the recipe for a Dirty Chai Latte?

A chai latte takes traditional masala chai, a milky spiced tea from India, and combines it with frothy steamed milk of a cafe latte. The “dirty” version of it adds a shot of espresso. The story goes that the ditry chai latte was accidentally invented in England in the 1990’s, when a barista making a chai latte for an American added a shot of espresso by mistake. He loved it, and kept ordering it everywhere he traveled.
Other names for a dirty chai latte you might see in other coffee shops? Terms you might hear for this drink around the world are Java chai, red eye chai, or chai charger.

How much caffeine is contained in a Dirty Chai Latte?

Black Tea contains 6mg of caffeine per fluid oz. Espresso coffee, depending on the type of beans you choose and the roasting temperature, the caffeine content in an espresso can range from 80mg to 120mg per single shot.

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