The Story of Bombay Chai
Under the leadership of Gerald Aungier, 2nd Governor of Bombay, and later President of the East India Company in 1669, their headquarters moved from Surat to Bombay, setting a course where seven small islands would grow to be one of the world’s largest modern cities.
Prior to British arrival, many locals in India drank an ayurvedic brew known as ‘kadha’, boiled water with a melange of fragrant spices including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
Centuries passed, word spread and today, spicy chai has become one of the world’s best loved teas, with varieties popping up as far away as the United States. Yet the recipe has never changed very much, and still evokes the fragrant vibrancy of Bombay.