Hi! I'm Tiff, a flowerchild bound to wander the forests with furry creatures.
My Grandma Lalita (aka Ba) calls me 'Tipala'. She has a heart of gold- in fact, her favorite song is Heart of Gold by Neil Young. So not only does she have incredible music taste, she also knows how to make a mean cup o' cha. Her morning routine includes cha and delicious Indian biscuits that are way too dunkable. This routine has been passed down through my dad, and now through me. I'd love to share this with you in whatever ways I can.
So thank you for being here! I'll keep it simple and straight forward.
My two greatest joys in life are cha and dogs.
You may know it better as "chai". In the village Ba grew up in, the popular slang for this magical tea is "cha". The perfect balance of sweetness and spice, paired with aromatic whole spices and teas, simmered with fresh ginger and creamy milk (or in my case, mylk)... what's not to love? A cup of cha is a treat to the body, mind, and soul. Truly a nourishing and comforting break in the day, it's no wonder India dwellers commit to savoring these sweet moments every few hours.
Hands down, dogs are the best thing to ever happen to me. Since I was a tiny baby Tipala, dogs have been a source of love, joy, and protection. The face of Tipala's Cha is my shadow Forrest. A true mutt, he is the smartest, goodest boi you'll ever meet. I adopted him from Austin Pets Alive, and it was the best decision I have ever made.
I carry the most love for the underdogs; mutts, shelter seals, breeds deemed unadoptable and illegal. Since it is unrealistic to believe I will adopt every homeless dog and give them the life they deserve (maybe someday though??), I am taking a more feasible approach.
A portion of Tipala's Cha proceeds goes to Austin area animal shelters. Together we can help those sweet pups stay warm, safe, and loved until they find their furever homes.
cha wala & dog lover
dry tea blend
CTC assam & rooibos tea come together in harmony with freshly ground star anise, green cardamom & other traditional spices to create a comforting aromatic chai
dry tea blend
bright turmeric, sweet cinnamon, & black pepper pair with rooibos tea for a non-caffeinated & anti-inflammatory tea
dry tea blend
the smell of your kitchen after brewing this tea will warm you up! CTC assam tea, pink peppercorns, dried orange peel, clove & other Fall spices make this seasonal blend oh so cozy.
available September - March
cha kit gift boxes
a perfect gift for dog lovers & tea drinkers alike
a thoughtful & colorful gift box for any occasion. complete with all three Tipala blends, a tea strainer, my favorite local honey, & a personalized or blank card. comes with detailed instructions on how to properly prepare your own cup of traditional chai.
HAVE YOU HEARD?
Well, prior to tasting Tipala's Cha I'd only had premixed junk or tea bags that were "chai". They were okay, but lacked substance. When I first tried Tipala's Cha I could IMMEDIATELY taste the fresh ginger and various spices that she uses. That is super appreciated because stale flavors are the reason I've been so indifferent towards other generic chais. Tipala's Cha has definitely changed my life and elevated the Cha experience for me. None will compare and I'm NOT exaggerating. Try it for yourself!
Comfort with a kick.
Every sip of cha is a moment of zen. I feel centered and ready for my day.
This is the first real chai I've ever had, and it's now clear how watered down all the other "chai" I've previously had is. The ginger burns so good :) Can't wait to get some more!
The iced cha was bomb. All the flavors blasting. So so good.
Tipala's Cha has a quality spice and sweetness to it, you can't stop drinking until it's all gone. Unfortunately, it does end. The bottle has a bottom which I wish was bottomless. The local honey used is nice and sweet at first but doesn't have the craziness that sugar has after consuming it. It's a sweet success that has me craving it daily! I have to stop myself from chugging it when I open a fresh bottle. That's the truth. I've had a lot of chai but I love this one as it only has the best ingredients. Since I have a sensitivity to foods that aren't of high quality, I know that when I drink this and feel good afterwards (without a sugar buzz), I know it is also doing my body good. Thanks, Tipala! Love this so much!
I love this tea mix because of its taste, benefits, purity, and the sense of comfort I get in every sip <3
Within many trips to India, I have had my share of chai. There are so many versions of this traditional tea, but I have yet to find one that matches Tipala's. The balance of sweetness, creaminess, and spice brings this tea to life. This is the best chai you will ever drink.