My Grandmother Bibi’s Chai


(10 customer reviews)

Our Chai(also knowns as ‘Chai tea’ or ‘Chai Latte’ in the West) is based on Bibi’s recipe and made from organic black tea grown in the  mountains of Tanzania where we can find the countries last remaining rainforest. It is blended together with the most fresh and fragrant organic spices sourced from our Zanzibar partner farms.

Flavour Notes:

Floral - Rich - Soothing


In Zanzibari households, dinner is often referred to as ‘Chai’. Though food is of course involved, and varies from day to day, the one constant on nearly every Zanzibari dinner table is the tea.

To us, Chai forges a sense of community and belonging, and how it’s made is essential in understanding familial identity and heritage. 

This is my grandmother (Bibi’s) recipe. Her name was Nuru but we all called her Habibti which translates to ‘loved one’ in Arabic. I hope it evokes within you the same sense of lasting comfort and joy as it has to my family and I for generations.

The spices in this chai blend are sourced from our partner smallhold farmer cooperatives in Zanzibar. The black tea comes from a tea estate high up the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania where they have grown their tea organically for many decades.

We hope you enjoy my grandmother’s interpretation of Zanzibar in a cup.

10 reviews for My Grandmother Bibi’s Chai

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  1. Julie Godfrey (verified owner)

    We decided to try the chai & top up on cardamom. Beautiful packaging & as delicious as expected. Love that they’re working with local Zanzibari farmers. We know the owners and the passion they have had for years to help Zanzibari farmers get a good and fair deal for their hard work and excellent quality spices. The chai is delicious, thoroughly recommend!

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Love this chai. It tastes amazing!!

  3. Paul B. (verified owner)

    Smooth and spicy. Love the big chunks of cinnamon.

  4. Anton (verified owner)

    This was my first ever proper chai made from real spices as opposed to the artificial powder mixes you can find in the shops. The taste is completely different and the preparation process makes you really value and enjoy the final drink! Highly recommend!

  5. Matthew Lincoln (verified owner)

    Warm and inviting, when made to your taste it takes one’s breath away. Perfect for a cold, rainy day (or if you make it into a cold brew, a warm one as well!).

  6. Elaine C. (verified owner)

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  8. Robert P. (verified owner)

    Really glad I tried this – a most refreshing drink whether all water, 50-50 water and milk or all milk.

  9. Paul (verified owner)

    Great service. Great product. 5 stars

  10. Jacqueline Tereza da Silva (verified owner)

    I love this Chai!

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Who grew our My Grandmother Bibi’s Chai?
grown in zanzibar
by our partners
Our spices come from small villages and subsistence farmers. With us you won’t find any large scale, orderly rows of monoculture spice plants. Instead, you will find our spices growing between the banana and jackfruit trees which the farmers use to feed themselves and their families.

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