Organic Decaf Masala Chai Black Tea

Spicy and warming with pepper, clove and ginger followed by a cardamom finish

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic Decaf Masala Chai Black Tea
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Organic Decaf Masala Chai Black Tea


Finally, our customers that only drink decaffeinated tea can indulge in a chai latte! This Fair Trade Certified Masala Chai organic black tea blend has a medium-body with exceptionally spicy flavor and aroma. Surprisingly similar to our caffeinated version of Masala Chai (and offered at the same price!), our organic Decaf Masala Chai Black Tea uses a broken leaf grade black tea (BOP) blended with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper. In contrast to our caffeinated version, we amped up the pepper for a slightly hotter mouth feel. The clove and ginger really come through, with a wonderful cardamom finish. As with all of our Decaf teas, this tea is decaffeinated using a state-of-the art carbon dioxide (CO2) decaffeination process that does not involve the use of harmful chemicals. We recommend steeping a triple-strength cup of this organic Indian tea and serving it with honey and steamed milk.

Ingredients: organic and Fair Trade Certified Indian decaf black tea, organic ginger root, organic cloves, organic cardamom, organic cinnamon, and organic black pepper

What are Blended Teas?


Our delicious blended teas use the same top-quality organic teas and/or botanicals offered in our single origin varieties, but are comprised of teas, herbs, fruit, and/or flowers of multiple origins and/or varieties. When blending our teas, our goal is to create a cup with a specific flavor profile in mind. Unlike single origin teas, which can vary from harvest to harvest (just like wine!), blended teas trade seasonal variation for year-to-year consistency. As a result, the formula and/or appearance of our blends may change over time, but you can rest assured that you’ll always receive an organic cup of tea with consistent flavor.

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend black teas to be steeped for 3 to 5 minutes in water heated to a full, rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Aubrey

    "The perfect decaf option for masala chai lovers - a strong, spicy cup of tea!"

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, black tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Black tea specifically has been found to regulate blood sugar in diabetics better than other types of tea, according to a study done by the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more information about the health benefits of black tea and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Indian Masala Chai


Masala Chai (or simply referred to as “Chai”) has been a tradition throughout India for centuries. This spicy hot beverage is a brew of Indian black tea with a unique blend of spices, typically including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and pepper, although the recipe varies region to region. Chai is consumed morning and afternoon by many Indian families, and is customarily the first thing offered to houseguests. So prevalent is the service of Chai throughout India that baristas, known as Chaiwallahs, can be found at just about every corner. These chai vendors are a staple of the community and their stands are often a source of news and gossip.

For even more information about this and other traditions, visit our Tea Traditions Page!

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  • 5
    So good I named a horse after it

    Posted by Torrah on 8th Nov 2023

    I got this in a tea sampler and it is the only one I have tried so far because it is so incredible. It is the very essence of fall. It makes me a little less sad about watching the sunset while eating lunch and warms me up after working outside all day. I bought a horse and decided on the name “Cardamom” for her bc her coloring and personality reminds me of this dang tea. My boyfriend was being a miserable jerk and I told him I’d make him some of this tea because it’s so delicious it would make him less crusty and he said he wouldn’t drink it just because I like it. I made it for him anyway and brought him some and after he drank it he was nice to me, so aside from being delicious maybe it has some magical man-tantrum elimination powers!? Def will be ordering more but the caffeinated version so I have more energy to run away from my problems… cheers!

  • 5
    Sooo good!

    Posted by BPlus on 16th Jun 2023

    I recently decided to stop consuming caffeine, so my search began for a good decaf chai. I stumbled upon Arbor Teas from a Google search and decided to give this decaf chai a try. It has such great flavor-- very similar to Starbucks chai and the brand of caffeinated chai I just gave up. I do 3 teaspoons of tea per 10 fl oz of liquid (soy milk with a bit of water). 3 teaspoons of sugar and a dash of salt to bring out the flavor a bit more and I'm in heaven. I don't usually buy loose leaf chai and initially thought the $40 price tag for 15 oz seemed pretty high... but then I looked up decaf chai from about half a dozen other companies and found that $80 per pound was pretty typical. So Arbor actually ended up being the best price, by far, of all the options I considered. All organic, eco-friendly packaging and delicious tea. You just can't go wrong with Arbor and with this decaf chai in particular.

  • 5
    Organic Decaf Marsala Chai

    Posted by Lindy on 3rd May 2022

    This tea has warm spices and a smooth flavor, especially when you add your favorite milk. It is further complemented by adding some of Arbor's Decaf Iced Black Tea, which is bolder. Use equal amounts of each for a richer taste that's more similar to a full bodied regular Marsala Chai, but without the caffeine. A winner!

  • 5
    The best!

    Posted by Haley DiRenzo on 24th Apr 2022

    I love this tea, it's so spicy and flavorful even though it's decaf. It's one of my faves from Arbor!

  • 5
    I want it to be tea time all the time

    Posted by Nicole Special on 1st Jan 2022

    i’m in live with this tea. I make it extra strong, with half and half, a touch of local honey and a couple dashes of Cayenne pepper. Incredibly delicious! I plan on buying this as gifts for my tea lovers friends and family. I also recommend the Earl Gray Decaf, and matcha from arbor teas. I cannot get enough.

  • 5
    Delicious decaf

    Posted by Silver on 2nd Aug 2020

    Really enjoyed this chai. Well balanced flavors. Perfect with a splash of milk.

  • 5

    Posted by Tim Kieschnick on 3rd Oct 2019

    This makes a great kombucha. 2 friends who are long-time kombucha afficinonados recently called it the best kombucha they've ever had.

  • 5
    How exotic!

    Posted by Yen Wen on 30th Oct 2015

    This is my first time trying Decaf Masala Chai. I did expect such exotic taste when I had my first cup. I was so fascinated by the warm scent as soon I opened the package. The beautiful smell is addictive!!! When I want to have lighter taste, I use half of the requested amount. It's very smooth without any sweetener. Otherwise I enjoy it as strong milk tea. ( with sugar in raw and whole milk) It's amazing! It's great that it's decaf tea, so I can have strong milk tea as my dessert tea at night, what an exotic treat!

  • 4
    Not Bad

    Posted by Melissa on 23rd Mar 2015

    Wish this was a little more spicey, but not bad. I would buy this again.

  • 5
    The Best Marsala Chai I've Ever Had!

    Posted by Bonnie R. on 30th Dec 2014

    I have the regular & Decaf in the Marsala Chai, I've tried many different ones from different Companies & I do believe this is the best I've ever had! My husband absolutely is addicted to the Decaf version, he doesn't do caffeine; the only problem is that I want to stock up & it's gone!! Please, please tell me this will be restocked, I can't go on another search. To find a strongly spiced excellent Marsala Chai that's is Decaf is something special, as soon as this is back in stock I'm buying several pounds of it!!!

  • 5
    Great Addition to Chai

    Posted by Janet Binion on 8th Apr 2014

    Since I enjoy chai as an afternoon pick-me-up and love my tea strong (with water poured at a full boil and steeped at least ten minutes), I've got to be careful about caffein. My solution is a heaping teaspoon of Arbor Tea's regular, caffeinated Masala Chai and two level teaspoons of Decaf Masala Chai steeped in my little 16-oz teapot. This combination gives the mouth-appeal of caffeinated chai while allowing me to sleep at night. Add a bit of milk, and I'm in heaven!

  • 5
    Love This Tea

    Posted by Daniel P. on 21st Apr 2013

    I love having a variety of Chai's to be able to have different flavors every day but I must back on caffeine periodically. The option presented locally at the grocery are often disappointing at best. I was so happy to find this tea here at Arbor Teas and even more delighted when I first tasted it. What a pleasant surprise to finally have a wonderfully full and balanced flavored decaffeinated Chai that is also organic. I love this tea.

  • 4
    Best Decaf Masala Chai

    Posted by MHC on 27th Sep 2012

    Actually 4 1/2 leaves! I've been searching for a decaf, "real" masala chai (not some artificially flavored one in a teabag) for a while. The sight and scent of Arbor's made me smile as soon as I openned the pouch. It is a very nice looking tea with whole green cardamoms and pieces of other spices ranging from orange brown to a fawn yellow mixed in with dark brown (black) tea leaves that look a lot like the assam crystals used in traditional Masala Chai. It brews up a very redolent and spirited brew which can stand up to and blend nicely with milk. It is a very spicy and spirited tea, but all of the different spices nicely balanced so that none overly predominate. I'd personally probably prefer a tad less pepper, especially if drinking it straight, which led to my taking a half leaf off the rating. But even so, the pepper does not overpower the other spices and does add a warmer, fuller mouth and throat feel, which adding milk softens a bit. I might even decide that I like it better come the cold nasty winter months. It's also nice (and a bit healthier) made with vanilla almond milk.

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