The Best Chai Coffee Recipe to Make at Home Easy

Traditional chai tea has taken the world by storm and stolen the hearts of many coffee lovers. Its aromatic blend of spices invigorates your senses with its spicy flavor and it blends perfectly with the bold taste of coffee, most of the time.

I say most of the time because I tried this in my French press, my espresso machine, and with my Moka pot and I’m going to be honest with you, I really didn’t like the cup made with my Moka pot. The one with the coffee made with my French press was surprisingly good. The shot of espresso was really spicy, but I mean, that’s to be expected. (You can also try other brewing methods or use instant espresso. I talk about it in the section about coffee alternatives.)

I’m not the biggest fan of black coffee, though, so, I ended up steaming some milk. Basically, I went for a dirty chai latte.

Like, you know the cup of Moka pot coffee that I probably would have fed to my plants? I drank it. The entire cup. And I wanted more. The same goes for the espresso turned latte.

Sorry plants, you can have the grounds…

It’s now probably one of my favorite coffee drinks. The cup with French press coffee, however, wasn’t that good with the milk. It tasted a bit watered down.

So, in my opinion, if you want to go for black chai coffee, opt for a French press. But if you prefer coffee with milk, go for a Moka pot or espresso machine.

What is Chai Tea?

Before we go on to chai coffee I’m just going to slam on the brakes and go back one step.

Chai tea is how it all started, so I guess we should start there, right?

Basically, it is a mixture of tea with a blend of spices. The recipe is not set in stone but quite often it contains black tea leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

What is Chai Coffee?

Like with the tea, the recipe is not fixed and you are free to experiment as you’d like.

What I do is just replace the black tea with coffee. But, I mean, there is nothing that says you have to take out the tea. I’m pretty sure you can just add coffee if you’d like.

As I mentioned earlier, I played around with my brewing method too. I didn’t stick to the normal method of brewing tea.

In any case, here are the recipes for the methods I tried out so you can try them for yourself and decide for yourself which you prefer. The ingredients are the same for both methods.

Ingredients for Chai Coffee

  1. 2 tbsp ground coffee
  2. ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  3. ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  4. ¼ tsp ground ginger
  5. pinch of ground nutmeg
  6. pinch of ground cloves
  7. ½ cup whole milk (optional)
  8. Sweetener to taste (e.g. sugar or maple syrup)

A Note on the Coffee

Just be sure to use strong coffee.

You could even try instant coffee. I like Nescafè Gold Alta Rica or Nescafè Gold instant espresso.

If you don’t have an espresso maker and don’t want to use a Moka pot or French press, you can experiment with other brewing methods. There is nothing that says this has to be an espresso drink (I think that is proven by the outcome of the French press method).

Some Thoughts on Spices

I use ground spices because I think it helps to get a better flavor, but maybe it’s just in my head.

Either way, you can try using whole spices like cinnamon sticks or fresh ginger.

Moka Pot Chai Coffee

Here are the steps to make chai coffee in a moka pot:

  1. Mix the spices and ground coffee together.
  2. Fill the bottom chamber with boiling water until a little bit before the safety valve.
  3. Add the ingredients (not the milk) to the filter basket.
  4. Put on the stove until the top chamber is filled with coffee.
  5. Pour the coffee into a cup.
  6. Steam the milk with a milk frother or steam wand.
  7. Pour the frothed milk over the coffee.
  8. Sweeten to taste.

French Press Chai Coffee

I really like James Hoffmann’s French press method of coffee making. Here are the steps:

  1. Mix the spices and ground coffee together.
  2. Put the ingredients (not the milk) in the French press.
  3. Fill with about 200ml boiling water. Make sure that the grounds and spices are all wet.
  4. Let it steep for 4 minutes.
  5. Stir the crust of grounds and spices, most of it will now sink.
  6. Spoon off the grounds and spices that are still floating.
  7. Steep for 5 minutes.
  8. Put the plunger on the …, but don’t press it down. That will just let the grounds and spices come back up. It should just be used as a filter for the few that do come up.
  9. Pour the coffee into a cup.
  10. Steam the milk and pour it over the coffee.
  11. Sweeten to taste.

Espresso Machine Chai Coffee

  1. Mix the spices and ground coffee together.
  2. Put the coffee and spice mix in the filter basket.
  3. Pull the shot of espresso (or shots of espresso if you prefer)
  4. Steam the milk.
  5. Pour the milk over the espresso.
  6. Sweeten to taste.

Variations on Chai Coffee

You can let your imagination run wild when it gets to chai coffee. There are so many variables for you to change that the possibilities are nearly endless.

Spice Ratios

Play around with the spices in the recipe. Adjust the amount of spice you use. Maybe experiment with adding some others like black peppercorns or star anise. You could also take some spices away.

Anything that you can think of to find the perfect balance for your taste.

Iced Chai Coffee

I think that for every single coffee, there is probably an iced version.

Make yourself some coffee ice cubes (you can use normal ones, but they will water down your coffee as they melt) and pour the brewed coffee over it.

Sweeten it to your liking.

You can make cold foam to top it off, or simply add some cold milk.

Chia Chai Coffee

This one’s name is kinda weird, but I like it. And I like chia seeds, especially if they are in my coffee.

Chia coffee made its way into my heart and will probably stay there. I absolutely love chia coffee, but chai coffee has also gained its rightful place in my heart. So, why not mix them?

Read more on how to make chia coffee.

Milk Alternatives

I use dairy milk, but you can try plant-based milk such as almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk.

I recommend you look for the barista versions of them. They have been made to make the perfect foam for a delicious drink.

Vanilla Dirty Chai Latte

You can spice up this already spicy chai drink by adding some vanilla syrup.

Conclusion: Chai Coffee

Let your imagination run wild with this unique blend of the boldness of coffee and the warm spices found in chai tea. Play around with the ingredients, the brewing method, and the temperature to find your perfect drink.

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