Chai has become the drink of choice for Portland commuters looking for a caffeinated option outside of coffee. But just like the city’s coffee scene, the world of chai in Portland is multifaceted and widespread in its approach, reflective of the countless varieties found throughout the world and especially within the Indian subcontinent. The way families make chai varies from home to home, city to city, combining everything from cinnamon sticks to ginger to peppercorns to cardamom with a blend of tea.
Until recently, most coffeeshops in Portland offered chai lattes made from mass-produced concentrates or powders. Farah Jesani, founder of Portland’s One Stripe Chai, describes this style as
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