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How To Make A Sugar-Free Dirty Chai Java Latte Recipe

Almost every person who tries a chai latte loves it. 

The silkiness of the milk combined with the warmth and bite of the spices has nearly universal appeal.

Now, being a member of the coffee tribe, it’s expected that you’ve added a shot (or two) of espresso to this fine beverage before, haven’t you? If not, you are in for a delightful surprise.

Have you ever wanted to sit back and put your feet up, grab your favorite book or podcast and enjoy a dirty chai at home?

Well, you’re not alone.

The good news is – Sugar-free Dirty Chai Java Lattes are easy peasy to make. 

Five minutes and you’ve got this magic elixir.

Isn’t life so much better when the good stuff is easy?

What You’ll Need


  • 7 ounces of milk
  • ¾ of an ounce of premium sugar-free chai tea concentrate
  • 2 ounces hot, freshly made espresso (or strong coffee)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Ground cardamom or nutmeg for garnish
  • Your favorite mug

You can also use non-sugar-free chai tea concentrate.

Most regular chai concentrates have quite a bit of sugar in them, so please check the ingredients.

A good brand that is readily available (including online) is Oregon Chai.

You can use a strong drip coffee instead of espresso, but espresso is recommended. There is a different flavor profile with a good espresso that even a good, strong, non-espresso brew can’t quite match.

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How to Make a Sugar Free Dirty Chai Java Latte

Step #1. Get Dirty

Well, making espresso typically isn’t described as getting dirty, but for the purpose of this drink - it is the addition of the espresso that makes the drink dirty.

So there you go. 

Make your espresso. If you don’t have an espresso machine, there are many ways that you can make a cup of that rich, dark, liquid gold.

You can learn how here.

Step #2. Get Steamed

Steam your milk with the steam wand from your espresso machine (if you haven’t mastered steaming milk yet, here’s some help in that area).

If you don’t have an espresso with a steamer, you can make foamed milk (which is different than steamed milk) at home without too much effort. Find out how here.

Step #3. Get Warmed Up

This is a step that many people miss.

Warm up the chai concentrate if you can. This can either be done in the microwave (20 seconds or so) or in a saucepan on your stove.

You want it to be warm so it doesn’t cool the milk too much.

Chai tea has its origins in India, and "chai" actually means tea... so we’re kind of repeating ourselves here.  

Having said that, Chai tea, and especially this sugar free dirty chai java latte is worth repeating again and again! 

Step #4. Pour It On (Well, In) 

Pour the steamed milk into your mug, add the chai concentrate and the espresso.

You likely know this, but without the espresso – this is just a Chai tea. Adding the espresso is what makes it dirty.

Step #5. Stir It Up

Stir it all up with your cinnamon stick (this is a small, but important step). The touch of cinnamon that this adds to the flavor profile is subtle, yet spectacular.

Step #6. Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle

Garnish with ground cardamom or nutmeg or both.

Step #7. Chai, Chai, Chai!

Now you can grab that book or podcast, take a seat somewhere comfy and enjoy.

And – according to many health care professionals – chai tea has all kinds of health benefits.

So there’s that, too. If anyone gives you grief for sitting back with your feet up, tell them it’s doctor’s orders.

Sip Your Healthy Dirty Chai Java Latte!

Are you a sugar-free dirty chai java latte fan? Are you going to make this drink at home?

Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

And, if you have a chai-loving pal, please share this – we’d love to hear what they think too!

Ready to try more delicious recipes? Check the exotic Tropical Mocha and Grilled Pineapple Latte.

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