When ordering a chai in the Western world, a customer may receive any number of concoctions. A simple black tea with spices is one possibility, but it is significantly more likely that the beverage will be prepared with a powdered mix of sugar and corn syrup solids, with tea nowhere to be seen on the ingredient list. Fortunately for Asheville residents, local businesses are taking the making of chai back to the basics.
The tea cooperative, which has a location in Asheville, serves tea and an expanded selection of gluten-free baked goods at 120 Broadway St. in Black Mountain.
Andrew Snavely, the owner of Dobrá‘s Asheville location, will open a second shop near his home in Black Mountain.