Dear Tea Lover,
We’ve never cared about a little black tin so much. Not only because of what’s inside it, but because of what it represents. Because of what it’s become over the last 3 generations. With each sip, I get taken back to where it all began in the beautiful Nilgiris of southern India. My family’s tea plantation was my canvas, it was my diary that would later become my life’s work. It was and is my font of inspiration. It’s where I yearn to be in times of stress and uncertainty. And to think, all of that emotion and meaning canned up into a little black tin. It must be some damn good tea.
It’s true that our tea is one of the most authentic you’ll find out there. We have too much pride in the process to deliver anything other than premium tea with ingredients carefully and intentionally selected. But here’s the thing. At the end of the day, we sell tea—fresh, delicious camellia sinensis leaves blended with fruits and botanicals. We realize we’re not selling the pathway to world peace, but we are selling just a sliver of that. Here’s how…
What Chai Diaries is really all about is claiming your calm amongst the chaos. It’s finding the beauty in doing nothing while you wait those 3 minutes for the water to boil. It’s noticing the romance that tea invites into your day, even if only for a moment. It’s intentionally carving your tea breaks into your calendar because you know your body, mind and soul deserve it. It’s putting yourself first, so you can be present for loved ones later. It’s reclaiming your independence that makes you feel like you. It’s within these small moments that we write our own diaries—in our heads, on paper, or in whichever way feels authentic to us. It may seem crazy to consider all of this behind a cup of tea, but trust us when we say, it’s there. It’s what made me fall in love with tea all those years ago on my family’s plantations in India. It’s what keeps me going as a mom, wife, and business owner. And it’s what moves me forward towards a future not just about tea, but the life that’s built around it.
It’s our mission to be your cheerleader on this journey we call life, an acknowledgement of the sometimes-crazy realities we live, and most of all, a symbol of calm and honest truth. We believe with everything in us that the best way to deliver all of that, is simply with a cup of tea.
Founder, Mother, Wife