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Chai Tea Latte: Experience a Classic Again

Tazo® Chai Tea Lattes

Tazo® Chai Tea Lattes mix the exotic with the familiar. This beverage starts with a rich, full-flavored Assam tea and blends five spices that have been used in Indian chai recipes for decades: ginger, cardamom, star anise, cloves and cinnamon. The blend is a “classic masala chai” – the Tazo recipe adds sweetness with honey, organic cane sugar and a hint of vanilla.

Like most of our beverages, the Tazo® Chai Tea Latte is customizable. If you want to savor some extra cinnamon or try it very vanilla, just ask. One of the more popular customizations you’ve told us about is to add a shot of espresso for an extra kick. There’s an iced version perfect for warm days. And there are a full range of milk options, including soy.

Here’s an insider’s tip: for a less spicy, sweeter taste, increase the amount of dairy. The milk fat decreases the level of spice you taste. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a spicier, less sweet Chai Tea Latte, ask us to dial up the water – that helps to release the full flavor of all the spices.

How do you like to customize your Tazo® Chai Tea Latte? We would love to hear from you.

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    • cmjsrevihc
    • 9/12/2011 8:55 PM

    Oh wow, I didn't know we could ask for a shot of espresso in a Chai Tea latte. I received wonderful tea leaves mixed with coffee beans for Christmas once and loved the combo. I'm a sucker for any coffee with "baking spices" like cinnamon, so I'm definitely going to try this. I hope the barista doesn't think I'm **** when I ask!

      • eskuhvel
      • 9/12/2011 10:36 PM

      In reply to: cmjsrevihc

      Among baristas it is called a "dirty" chai tea latte, and is quite popular among the chai tea die hards. Enjoy

      • JavaOcha
      • 9/28/2011 1:26 PM

      In reply to: cmjsrevihc

      Seriously... how can you NOT know this? You can ask for espresso in your Passion Iced Tea if you want to. Not sure WHY you'd want a single shot P.I.T... but you COULD.

      • haylbop21
      • 11/13/2011 11:57 AM

      In reply to: cmjsrevihc

      Haha, I don't like coffee myself but I LOVE Chai Tea Lattes, order them all the time...except today I sent it back twice telling them it tasted like coffee. I just assumed they'd made the wrong thing. Finally the barista goes, "Um, I guess you don't want the espresso in it then? It comes with two shots of espresso." I was like "...wuh?" Do I have to ask for it WITHOUT espresso now? Or is that barista just a confused newb?

        • rynathea
        • 11/13/2011 1:04 PM

        In reply to: haylbop21

        I wonder if newer people get the idea of "latte" muddled with the idea of "espresso latte". To me latte means milk, so chai tea latte = chai tea with milk. I actually had that happen to me recently, but luckily it was caught before they made it.

        I think it probably has turned into something you have to specify, unless you know your baristas well!

        • hidekazuki
        • 9/19/2014 2:18 PM

        In reply to: rynathea

        Actually latte is supposed to refer to a drink made with espresso and steamed milk; anything other than that is a variant of this drink. (See Wikipeia: A latte (/ˈlɑːteɪ/ or /ˈlæteɪ/)[1][2] is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. ) Starbucks is a coffee based 'cafe', so it's not surprising that baristas relate latte with coffee/espressso.

        • sevyjane
        • 9/30/2014 9:20 AM

        In reply to: haylbop21

        I order plain chai latte's all the time. I have never received one with a shot if espresso in it. The person may have been new.
        The only time I get one with espresso is if I order a 'dirty' chai latte.

    • mrsxekid
    • 9/13/2011 8:16 PM

    try an iced pumpkin spice latte with 2 shots and whipped ***** on top.

    • starbucks starbucks
    • 9/14/2011 2:22 PM

    It's nice to see how you customize your Chai Tea Latte.

    • 9/15/2011 3:42 AM

    I like Chai Latte, no water, no foam, 1 pump of Pumpkin Spice. Unfortunately, I am currently living in Dubai, UAE and not only do none of the Starbucks here have Pumpkin Spice, they don't even have Chai Latte! I am extremely disappointed! I thought that guests were supposed to be able to have the same Starbucks experience world wide. I've had to resort to going to Caribou for their Turtle Mocha's.

    • travelslite
    • 9/19/2011 11:25 AM

    I've been hooked on the Starbucks Chai for over 5 years! When will you come up with a sugar free version?

      • JavaOcha
      • 9/28/2011 1:38 PM

      In reply to: travelslite

      They already have a sugar free, calorie free, artificial sweetener free version that's better than the one w/ sugar- tea bags.

        • Kiralin123
        • 6/1/2012 7:00 PM

        In reply to: JavaOcha

        I cannot find sugar free Chai tea at any Starbucks in Southern Calif. I'm diabetic and can't have the regular. I make one with two Chai tea bags, a2 pumps of sugar free vanilla and steamed milk with splenda..closest I can get :( Other coffee houses out here have good sugar free Chai drinks.:( s.

      • richardson918
      • 11/1/2011 7:33 PM

      In reply to: travelslite

      I too have been waiting for a sugar free version of the Chai Tea Latte. It would make it a guilt free pleasure.

    • lindseykay
    • 9/19/2011 11:46 AM

    I'm not a coffee drinker but I am definitely hooked on Starbucks chai's. When I try to make it at home it's just not the same. I like an iced chai latte with very little ice, just enough to keep it cool but not water it down. A hot chai latte is delicious this time of year with a shot of pumpkin spice. But iced or hot, I drink them all the time!!

    • kmullaly12
    • 9/21/2011 2:39 PM

    It's also great with a pump or two of mocha- tastes a little like a YooHoo

    • valblu
    • 9/21/2011 4:51 PM

    I am addicted to the Venti Soy Chai tea late, its my favorite

    • terrianise
    • 9/22/2011 5:41 AM

    I love Chai Tea Latte with no water, extra chai and extra hot.

    • joannehaskett
    • 9/23/2011 12:45 PM

    Any chance of getting a decaf version?

    • vkinslow
    • 9/23/2011 3:18 PM

    Lately, when I order a chai, it seems less spicy and more like just sweet milk... Very disappointing. Did Starbucks, perhaps, change the blend?

    • elyseabs
    • 9/25/2011 11:06 AM

    Grande Chai Latte no water!

    • kverver
    • 9/25/2011 7:34 PM

    Two Questions:

    1) I was told to have no water and more Chai if I wanted my drink spicier ... has that changed?

    2) I have also noticed the taste has changed in the past few weeks, so I also want to know if the formula has changed?


      • JavaOcha
      • 9/28/2011 1:37 PM

      In reply to: kverver

      More water (i.e. more milk) and/or more chai will give you a stronger chai so that's half right and half wrong.

      • tmckenzie2000
      • 11/17/2011 12:59 PM

      In reply to: kverver

      It's strange, but I noticed the taste changed, too. I actually stopped ordering the Chai Tea Latte because I don't like the new taste. Does anyone know if the formula changed??

    • JavaOcha
    • 9/28/2011 1:34 PM

    . The concentrate is *****. I suggest getting it made w/ the tea bags. Sugar, artificial sweetener, & calorie free. Much better tasting. I love a 2 bag, half water half non fat milk, x2 shot, 2p mocha, 2p WM, 2p caramel chai latte w/ whip, mocha drizzle, caramel drizzle, and (when offered) salt topping. I used to order this iced (steeped in 12oz hot milk blended w/ 12oz ice w/ the syrups and espresso), but now most baristas won't blend lattes. They push frappuccinos which are NASTY.

    • JavaOcha
    • 9/28/2011 1:40 PM

    PLEASE get your baristas to understand the difference between a chai tea and a chai latte. A chai tea has NO MILK.

    • tonikp
    • 9/28/2011 5:44 PM

    I love the nonfat chai tea latte, but every once in a while I get one that tastes a little weak. Not enough spice, What can I do to prevent this and is there a sugar free version of a nonfat chai tea latte??

    • baeldis
    • 10/18/2011 10:50 AM

    Hello i'm from Belgium. And there's finally a SB in Brussels. I'm sooo happy. And I wanted to try a chai tae latte. But at my big surprise there was cinnamon in it. One of the spices I dislike most :-(
    So since there seem to be a lot of knowledgable people around tea latte here I wanted to know if first of al it's possible to have this with another tea flavor. And if yes which one do you recommend.
    Have a nice day/evening

      • Stranger34
      • 12/9/2011 10:42 AM

      In reply to: baeldis

      Hello Bealdis,
      as far as I know, cinnamon is one of the spices that belonges to the original chai tea. So if you dislike it, it´s no use if you choose a different flavour, you will alwas have cinnamon in it.
      Have a nice day and greetings


    • Flavibear
    • 10/19/2011 4:51 PM

    I'm also wondering if there will be a decaf version available.

    • jesse100001
    • 10/24/2011 6:55 AM

    I love soy chai lattes from starbucks, but wished that they would have more options when it comes to the soy milk. The only one they offer is a vanilla soy which has a lot of sugar in it. I was hoping they would offer a light soy milk option to the menu.

    • mehanson217
    • 10/24/2011 8:20 AM

    I love my chai tea latte....when in Canada a barista told me to try it with a sprinkle of chocolate on top...I was dubious but thought I'd try it's fantastic...only way I drink it now.

    • jlsteele
    • 10/26/2011 5:55 AM

    I also love a nonfat chai tea latte this time of year, but how many calories in a grande? The nutritional page shows "zero". Why the secret?

    • PixiePoo9008
    • 11/2/2011 2:53 PM

    I used to be a die-hard Mocha fan but now I've switched to Chai Tea Lattes. Didn't know there was a non-tea bag v. tea bag version!

    So many good variations of the Chai Latte... I'm gonna have to go through all of them and try them out. :) I've been wanting to try soy chai lattes ever since I first worked as a barista but I'm not a big fan of soy milk in general. Is the soy milk really strong in the drink?

    • blaine21886
    • 11/8/2011 12:51 PM

    If you want to try something absolutely amazing - try a skinny chai latte with a shot of sugar-free peppermint!

    Absolutely phenomenal!!!

    • missmomo1
    • 11/10/2011 2:36 PM

    I asked the barista what does chai tea latte contained. She said : Chai syrup, water and milk... :/

    • themazja
    • 11/14/2011 10:06 AM

    We love to share a Venti Chai Latte, no water with 2 shots of mint. A special treat especially on these cold days!

    • mikeseer7
    • 11/18/2011 7:25 AM

    I love a soy chai tea latte w/ a shot of espresso and a pump of sf vanilla syrup. For a true guilty pleasure have it breve.

    • daneygurl
    • 3/6/2012 6:12 AM

    This is by far my most favorite Starbucks drink. I like the latte with soymilk, a sprinkle of cinnamon & a packet of honey. However, the frappucino version is SO bland that it's almost like drinking a really plain vanilla frappucino drink. I've tried the chai tea frappucino at various stores and it's always like that unless I ask for extra chai spice mix.

    • mak6789
    • 3/6/2012 6:17 PM

    Does anyone know how much water they put in it?

    • 3/10/2012 8:43 PM

    Need a sugar free Chai Tea Latte! Please!

    • aanorris3
    • 11/9/2012 7:44 PM

    Have been waiting for years for Starbucks to add an almond milk chai
    tea latte. I go to Whole Foods for my fix until they do.

    • cjonkman
    • 1/9/2013 10:18 AM

    venti, no water, 4 pump chai

    no water makes it creamier
    one less pump of chai makes it a little less spicy

    I even got my 9 and 12 year old boys addicted.

    • socakween
    • 11/27/2013 12:10 PM

    My Chai tea is amazing everytime, I just wished there was a way I could make it at home.

    My special is a : Grande- Soy -No Water Chai- One pump vanilla-extra hot.

    For all of you Chai Tea lovers who love a little sweetness and not all the spice try this out. Its AMAZING!!!

    • 1/20/2014 10:43 AM

    In relation to ordering a Chai Tea Latte: Since the revelation that Soymilk for the most part, even though organic, are GMO. I would really like an option to order Organic Almond milk because overall it is healthier. Any hopes of that soon?

    • 3/7/2014 6:00 AM

    I really enjoy your drinks and especially the chai tea latte. I have to have sugar free beverages not by choice buy due to my health. You really need to create a sugar free version. My daughter enjoys your variety of drinks also but would enjoy more sugar free options as well. Thanks

    • vthorne60
    • 4/15/2014 2:01 PM

    My Chai Tea Latte of choice is - Grande Non Fat No Water 8 pump! The last 3 I have ordered have a completely different taste - more of an earthy tea. I am completely & totally disappointed in the taste. I have asked if they changed the formula or brand of tea but no one seems to know. I am dropping my drink which I have had every single day for the last 6 plus years. It is something that I have looked forward to & love. A total bummer & disappointment!

    • 4/19/2014 1:14 PM

    I too am very disappointed in the new chai tea latte that they are now serving. The spices almost bite you. Since 2002, I have been ordering a venti no water no foam, which was nice and creamy and smooth. I was told that the new chai was developed by Oprah. Starbucks has lost me as a customer. Too bad they didn't ask the customers what they liked instead of a personality star. The upside is that I will now be saving $5 a day, close to $1800 annually. Will sure miss that wonderful drink...

    • ilonalazzarini
    • 4/25/2014 8:42 AM

    I get a venti iced chai tea latte about 4-5 days a week. The spices are so strong now. All I taste is cinnamon, which I like, but not as the only flavor. I may try it with extra milk to see if that makes a difference. If not I will stop going there, since this is the main drink that I order.

    • jweezy78
    • 5/30/2014 5:14 PM

    Oprah Chai Tea Latte
    No Water
    Extra bag (or bags) of the awake english black tea

    • adrianamone
    • 7/7/2014 9:05 AM

    I am wondering if Starbucks is now serving the oprah chai exclusively . I have been to 3 different Starbucks in the last three days and the chai has been super weak and not the usual chai. I have had it remade and asked questions but none of the baristas will say anything. I have been drinking chai at Starbucks almost daily for the last 4 years and I know what it's supposed to taste like, I really hope this isn't a permanent thing.

    • jesusiswaycool
    • 8/8/2014 3:40 PM

    Venti. one bag chai. one bag joy (only available during the holidays). half water. half steamed nonfat or soy milk. sprinkle of cinnamon. sprinkle of nutmeg. Yum!

    Would be even better with almond milk.

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