Join the journey of two NYC-based brothers successfully blending South Asian culture into American hearts with creativity and authenticity.
An authentic brand catering to the roots of centuries-old Indian love for chai, with a view of extending the culture throughout the world.
The Indian flavor of chai was missing in the US, where cafes often serve Westernized versions. Beginning of a venture
Summer breaks in their home country meant enjoying street foods & nostalgic Kolkata chai for Ayan & Ani Sanyal.
"How do we extend the authenticity, respect & tradition behind a cup of masala chai to NYC?"
The first 18 months after ideating, they first began with pop up shops & farmers markets in NYC, acquiring unexpectedly great responses.
In 2019, Ayan & Ani opened Kolkata Chai Co. in NYC with a line of 700 people, offering a Masala Chai mix with authentic Indian flavors.
Apart from running the café they have an online market base selling signature, rose, decaf & concentrated - pre-packed masala chai mix.
Kolkata Chai Co. has 15 team members & serves Indian street food alongside drinks featuring seasonal menus for the fall & summer.
While their e-commerce business currently serves US and Canadian residents, the brand's goal is global expansion.