By Kate Malin

Brooklyn-based Dona Chai makes just one product, Chai Tea Concentrate, and they make it well. Founder Amy Rothstein started Dona Chai while she was a graduate student at NYU after noticing a gap in the New York market for high quality chai concentrate. She perfected her recipe, working with a local spice purveyor to import the freshest, best quality spices, which she then grinds and steeps into a rich, flavorful, and warmly spicy tea concentrate, ready for mixing.

Each small batch is made using fresh ginger, ground cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, organic black tea, and organic molasses and is steeped for an extended time, so that the tea is naturally concentrated without being made into powder or needing additional reduction. Amy recommends mixing Chai Concentrate with almond milk for a latte, either iced or hot. Chai is also a great addition to French toast, buttercream frosting, pumpkin bread, or any baking recipe that calls for liquid.

Dona Chai Tea Concentrate is available at and in stores across New York. Dona Chai is part of the Good Food Awards, a project to honor food and drink producers making the sort of food we all want to eat – tasty, authentic and responsible, and a proud member of the Good Food Merchants Guild, national association uniting American craft food businesses to connect, convene and promote Good Food businesses of all sizes.


From her grassroots work at the Good Food Awards to her continued education at NYU’s Food Studies Master’s Program, Kate Malin brings an unparalleled passion for great food and good people.

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