Kolkata Chai Co.


Our parents left Kolkata in 1987 and landed in Massachusetts to fulfill the American dream. Growing up as first-generation Indian Americans — our concept of home was ever-shifting. In 90’s America, we listened to hip hop, ate pizza and begged our parents for a pair of Vans sneakers. Every other summer or winter, we’d spend a couple of months in Kolkata. An earth-shattering contrast, there, we would jump in monsoon puddles, eat mangsho-jhol, play cricket in the streets and drink chai everyday.

Where Home Meets Home.

We’re always looking for a connection to home. For many immigrants, it’s about bringing a little part of their culture to America and holding on to these traditions and customs while assimilating. For first generation Americans, it’s about defining where “home” is and often doing an awkward straddle between two cultures.

We make masala chai the way our parents had it back on the streets of Kolkata. This means paying careful attention to traditions while highlighting local ingredients. We use tea from legacy estates in India, milk from local farmers and grind all our spice blends in-house.

A good cup of chai is the start of a conversation. Those conversations can start relationships, novels and even revolutions. Where will your cup of Kolkata Chai take you?