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Rewind to 2002 when chai was a rarity on a café menu, when its place was hidden in the
cluttered shelves of independent health food stores or at alternative festivals and markets. As a non-coffee drinker, a chai addict and café enthusiast, I had an urge to fill this gap if for nothing more than my own personal benefit. I dreamed up a concept to recreate my favourite drink - an authentic masala chai – which incorporated fresh ginger but was at the same time café friendly.

With my mortar and pestle in hand and my collection of spices, I got to work in my best
friend’s kitchen. Call it luck or divine intervention, but the first attempt created in that kitchen is the same recipe still used in today’s signature cup of Calmer Chai. Indian spices were added to the black tea along with freshly grated ginger root and local honey, to preserve and lock in the goodness. It was then that the first wet/fresh chai was born.

When hitting up my local cafes with my blend in tow, I was met with a few confused looks and furrowed brows, but once hit with the alluring aroma, interest was piqued. It wasn’t too long before my fresh chai began making its way onto the menus of my favourite Melbourne cafes and beyond. The rest as they say, is history.

Founder, director - Caitlin West
Throughout the years, Calmer Sutra Tea’s journey has been rich and eventful with each year bringing new opportunities and projects. In 2008 business partner Matt Clarke joined the CST team. He is the friendly face and voice you will often be met with when getting in touch with us or receiving a delivery. A bit of a jack of all trades to compliment and balance what was already built.

Over time, CST’s product offering has evolved to include one of a kind products like our velvety ‘Super Spiced Cacao’ and our zingy ‘Ginger pear and lime tonic’ to a diverse range of organic, fairly sourced teas and tisanes. This lifelong passionate journey continues to bring peace and calm to the daily ritual of many loyal sippers, Australia wide.

- Handcrafted small batch products.
- Commitment to batch testing to maintain product quality and consistency.
- 100% Australian made.
- Commitment to quality ingredients.
- Maintain sustainable practices throughout our business, from recyclable office supplies to recyclable packaging.
- A skilled and passionate team dedicated to creating quality and unique products for the always evolving food and beverage industry.
- Connected to our humble beginnings and goals, we enjoy supplying and supporting many other wonderful small businesses with similar values to our own.

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