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Over the years we’ve featured dozens of coffee companies and their beautifully designed packaging and felt like it was time to shake things up and give chai some shine. Lucky for us, Portland has a number of incredible chai makers—Tanglewood Beverage Company, Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai, and Smith Teamaker are all a stone’s throw away from the Sprudge HQ.

Today we’re talking to Sally Burgess, the founder of newcomer Soul Chai—a shelf-stable powdered chai that packs in an intense flavor and warm spice. Burgess has been making chai for five years and is shipping it out across the country in gorgeous tins. We spoke to Burgess digitally to learn more.

Your website lists two different chai products—tell us about them!

Our original Masala Chai has a black tea base, featuring strong notes of cardamom and ginger with a lingering spice. Our Rooibos Masala Chai is a bit more earthy and naturally caffeine-free.

The packaging it comes in is beautiful—who designed it?

Thank you! It was designed by Blakely and Viviana Dadson, an all-star husband and wife design duo.

What’s your preferred way to drink chai?

I like it steamed and sweetened with honey or simple syrup. At home, I like to drink it from my favorite Mazama mug.

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My name is Logan, and Italian Coffee Lover, deeply in love with Espresso and Cappuccino. I can't live without the smell of coffee in the morning :) In short, I love coffee. I started this website to talk about coffee, coffee beans, coffee grinders, and the Italian Coffee Maker. It’s only my opinion of course, but I have had some of the best (and worst) coffee from around the world. I can tell you for sure that the Italians take coffee seriously. It is more than a casual drink or quick start for the day…it is part of the national identity. It should be no surprise that the Italian coffee maker produces some of the best coffee you could hope to drink.