Bombay Chai Tea Loose Leaf Tea Canisters

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A traditional blend of warming spices for a timeless ritual.

We're proud to offer our loose leaf tea canisters of USDA certified organic tea. The weight of the tea ranges from 30-130 grams depending on the volume of the blend. Each canister contains 35-50 servings. All canisters are 100% recyclable. View all our Loose Leaf Tea options, including one pound pouches, Single Steeps® Samplers, Loose Leaf Tea Trios, and more.

Steep your favorite loose tea blend using our custom-designed accessories specially made for loose tea, including the KATI® Steeping Cup & Infuser, PUGG Teapot, or our pyramid-shaped Tea Infusers that work with any cup.
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Bombay Chai Tea

About Bombay Chai Tea

Tea Type : Black Tea

The base of this Tea Forté Chai tea is black tea from the Nilgiri region in South India. Nilgiri literally means ‘blue hill'. Many waterfalls, flowering plant species and high mountains are found in the Nilgiri region, including Doddabetta Peak, the highest in the range at 8,652 ft. The Nilgiri Hills are part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is part of the protected bio-reserves in India.

Chai is in many languages the word for tea and is believed to be derived from the Cantonese ‘Cha’ (for example Persian, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Mandarin,and Swahili). In the western world Chai tea is mostly referred to as a full flavor, spiced Indian black tea that is enjoyed from morning until night inIndia, where it is traditionally served with boiling whole milk and sugar for a unique infusion.

The wonderful yet delicately composed mélange of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, black pepper and flavoring gives Tea Forté Chai tea its characterTea Forté Chai contains very flavorful and aromatic spices. . This black tea is known as a ‘very forgiving black tea’, meaning that it is almost impossible to ‘over steep’. Our Bombay Chai combines black tea with the spices found in a traditional Indian masala chai. Chai recipes vary enormously, using different spices, sugars and amounts and types of milk. However, they are uniformly well-lightened and sweetened.

While "chai" is used in English to refer to nearly any spiced tea or tea latte drink, chai is actually the generic word for tea in India, Iran, Thailand and elsewhere. In fact, it is very similar to the word for tea in Japan, "cha" (as seen in Sencha)

We strongly recommend milk and honey to taste with our Bombay Chai. For a richer, milkier drink, heat your milk before adding it and use up to 1 part milk for every 2 parts water. Prepared in this fashion, our Chai is a great breakfast tea, particularly in winter.

Read more about Chai Tea:
  • How to Make a Chai Latte
  • Introduction to Black Tea
  • The Great Debate: Coffee vs Tea
  • Steeping instructions

    1. Heat water to 208˚F.
    2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
    3. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
    4. Enjoy!

    For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.

    Tasting Notes

    Flavor: bold, flavorful, eye-opening
    Aroma: rich, intense and spicy
    Color: ebony


    • Organic black tea
    • Organic ginger
    • Organic cinnamon
    • Organic cardamom
    • Natural flavors
    • Organic clove buds
    • Organic star anise
    • Organic black pepper

    Caffeine Content (Mg)

    0 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41+
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    1. Shannon P.
      Verified Buyer

      What do we want? Chai! Give me all the Chai.

      I love chai. Introduced to it by my favorite Indian restaurant, I was thrilled the first time I found a bagged chai tea blend. As a new Tea Forte customer, I am very excited to work my way through all of the different chai blends they offer.

      03/20/21 | TACOMA, WA
    2. Alison B.
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      Wonderful flavor, perfect winter tea.

      I spent my December drinking this tea with gingerbread cookies. Strongly recommend.

      02/26/21 | Berkley, MI
    3. Heather P.
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      This is a favorite in our house.

      02/07/21 | Florence, CO
    4. Helen W.
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      A great balance of spices.

      02/07/21 | Midlothian, VA
    5. Laurie A.
      Verified Buyer

      Awesome flavor

      I steep this with almond milk for a great chai latte

      02/07/21 | San Diego, CA
    6. Taylor E.
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      Perfect name for a perfect flavor.

      02/07/21 | Milan, OH
    7. Karina M.
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      Warm and cozy!

      The best to make your own Chai Latte! My daughter loves it!

      02/07/21 | OWINGS MILLS, MD
    8. Cameron K.
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      A classic favorite

      This is one of my go to’s. A classic chai and hits the spot every time.

      02/06/21 | Murray, UT
    9. Lynn M.
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      My favorite warm, spicy winter tea.

      This Chai tea is a perfectly balanced blend of spices making it my favorite hot tea to sip on a chilly winter evening relaxing by the fireplace.

      02/05/21 | Buford, GA
    10. Steve T.
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      This black tea is my favorite Tea Forte blend

      If you are a black tea fan and like it with a bit of spiciness I think you'll like this blend. The loose leaf version is even better than the pyramid infuser. A steaming cuppa in the morning always makes me feel like a young Raja riding my pachyderm bareback through the misty mountain Punjab.

      02/04/21 | Austin, TX
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